893.512/517: Telegram

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

27. My telegram number 22, January 11, 10 a.m.22a

Dr. Koo as “Minister for Foreign Affairs and Acting Premier” of the new regency Cabinet established by Chang Tso-lin23 (as to which I am reporting separately) sent a Secretary of the Foreign Office yesterday evening to inform me that the Cabinet had enacted yesterday three mandates (which have been promulgated during the night) of the following tenor: first, tariff law autonomy will become effective January 1st, 1929; second, Washington surtaxes24 will be levied for February 1st next through the Maritime Customs; meanwhile Foreign Office is to take up with Legations immediately the [Page 373] question of resuming Tariff Conference25 with a view to arranging for the higher so-called interim surtaxes; and third, new revenues thus made available are to be applied (in proportions hereafter to be determined) to three purposes, namely, sinking fund for abolition of likin, funding of unsecured debts, and urgent administration and constructive expenses (presumably including therein China’s Leagued of Nations contribution and maintenance of foreign representation).
Will forward comment later.
  1. Not printed.
  2. Commander in chief of the Chinese Northern armies.
  3. See art. iii, nine-power treaty concerning the revision of the Chinese customs tariff, signed at Washington, Feb. 6, 1922, Foreign Relations, 1922, vol. i, pp. 282, 285.
  4. See ibid., 1926, vol. i, pp. 743 ff; also ante, pp. 371 ff.