500.A 4 e/404: Telegram

The Minister in China (MacMurray) to the Secretary of State

443. My telegram 438, October 14, 9 p.m.,68 paragraph 4.

1. At today’s meeting of the interested ministers all others but Japanese and Spanish representatives (who had received no instructions) stated their Governments have authorized approval of the modifications of Chinese tentative agenda referred to in my telegram 425.69 They and I concurred in authorizing the senior minister to discuss the proposed modifications with the Chinese Minister for [Page 857]Foreign Affairs not as a proposal of the diplomatic body, but as an informal suggestion.70

  1. Not printed.
  2. Of October 1, p. 852.
  3. Mr. Oudendijk, the Senior Minister, stated in the first meeting of the committee on program and procedure of the Conference, October 27, that when the Chinese Minister for Foreign Affairs sent word to him that the time was too short for making these alterations, the agenda was allowed to remain as it was. See The Special Conference on the Chinese Customs Tariff, p. 57.