755.93/7: Telegram

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

356. Your 173, August 24, 6 p.m.81

Belgian Minister confidentially informs me his Government advises him that it contemplates simultaneous action by the Washington Conference powers “in order to obtain a basis for an acceptable modus vivendi.” If any such action should be taken at all (against which I still strongly advise) it seems to me that it should be in the sense of a protest against China’s violation of Belgian treaty rights rather than of an attempt to influence the terms of the proposed modus vivendi which is a matter of friendly concession by the Belgian Government and does not involve any question of principle.
I beg to request that you advise me of such action as you may decide to take upon the Belgian note.
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