893.512/546: Telegram

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

137. My 116, February 7, 9 a.m. Commissioner of Foreign Affairs at Hankow on January 25 notified American consul general that as the result of a conference between the Kuomintang Executive Committee and the delegates of the Nationalist Government it has been decided that the customhouses in the Provinces of Hupeh, Hunan and Kiangsi shall collect a river embankment surtax of one percent on exports and imports for the construction of dikes in Hupeh. I am instructing Lockhart33 to lodge a formal written protest which I do not expect will prove of any avail.

This is a further instance of the chaotic situation in which foreign trade now finds itself as the result of the breakdown of the treaty provisions.

  1. Frank P. Lockhart, consul general at Hankow.