The Secretary of State to the Minister in China ( MacMurray )
Washington , July 7, 1927—2 p.m.
278. Your 691, July 3, noon. Department believes that Consul at Shanghai should omit from protest statement that new tobacco taxes are in violation of private agreements between companies and the wine and tobacco administrations. This Government has not been connected in any way with those agreements and Department does not believe that private arrangements of this kind should be made the basis of protests against national tax policies.