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

483. My 479, October 14, 3 p.m.

The Senior Minister has received and is circulating among the diplomatic representatives concerned a letter dated October 11th from [Page 879] the Senior Consul at Tsingtau (Japanese consul) stating that the consular body there has protested against the 2 percent so-called “goods tax” in Shantung including the area of Tsingtau and asking that the diplomatic representatives concerned take immediate effective steps to bring an end to these illegal practices of the Chinese authorities. The Senior Minister’s circular concludes with the statement that before taking any steps in this matter he purposes to await decision of Heads of Legation with regard to illegal taxation at Canton.
An English translation of the regulations governing the goods tax which accompanied Senior Consul’s communication to Senior Minister defines extent of tax as follows: “All goods exported from or destined for this Province will be required to pay goods tax as provided by these regulations.”