793.003 C 73/277: Telegram

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

150. My telegram number 110, March 4, 1 p.m. Following from Strawn:

Chinese Commissioner on Extraterritoriality has submitted the following matters for the consideration of the Commission: (1) Consular jurisdiction; (2) trial of mixed cases between Chinese and foreigners having extraterritorial rights; (3) trial of cases between foreigners having extraterritorial rights and (a) foreigners having no extraterritorial rights, (b) foreigners of countries having treaty relations with China; (4) mixed courts; (5) quasi right of asylum in premises occupied by foreigners and on foreign ships; (6) issue [Page 971] of foreign nationality certificates to Chinese citizens; (7) claim of foreigners to exemption from taxation; and (8) special areas (a) foreign settlements, (b) leased territory, (c) Legation Quarter, Peking, (d) railway zones.

At conference this morning French and Netherlands Commissioners objected to (7) and (8). Consensus of opinion was that items listed under (8) are not properly within the scope of resolution, although British Commissioner took the position that (8) (a) foreign settlements, closely associated with extraterritoriality and should be included in investigation.”