500.A 4 e/210: Telegram

The Chargé in China (Mayer) to the Secretary of State

167. Department’s 79, April 20, 3 p.m.38

Minister for Foreign Affairs states that according to present calculations, and of course dependent upon French ratification of customs treaty39 which French Minister forecasted to him should take place in about two weeks,40 he desires to call Special Conference for September 1st at Peking. Minister for Foreign Affairs seemed in some doubt whether it was for Chinese Government to call the conference.
From second paragraph Department’s 69, April 6, 11 a.m.41 and from Department’s 79, April 20, 3 p.m., I assume that the Department does not find an obstacle to the convening of the Special Conference or cause for embarrassment in that regard in the fact that the participating powers have not recognized the Chinese Government de jure.
Special Conference not discussed at meeting of Heads of Legation of April 21st. See my 158, April 17, 6 p.m.38
  1. Not printed.
  2. Foreign Relations, 1922, vol. i, p. 282.
  3. Instruments of ratification of the nine-power treaty relating to the revision of the Chinese customs tariff were deposited at Washington Aug. 5, 1925.
  4. Ante, p. 627.
  5. Not printed.