893.512/520: Telegram

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

14. Your 43, January 18, 9 A.M.

Action suggested by you in paragraph 8 has my approval, namely, that you should reply signifying your assent to the immediate and unconditional levying of the surtaxes upon the trade of American nationals through the Maritime Customs.
I approve making an effort to induce Chinese to accept list of luxuries tentatively agreed upon in the conference but I do not desire that this point should be insisted upon.
I do not understand that Peking authorities have actually issued invitations for resumption of conference. In this connection will telegraph you later.