893.841/–: Telegram

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

227. Your 551, May 17 [13], 1 p.m. Department desires to support any measure calculated to promote unity in China in foreign relations or otherwise. Of course, you understand that as these taxes are fixed by the treaty85 the Department cannot legally alter the treaty but if you recommend it, the Department will raise no objection [to] an additional tax thereby following the same course which the Department observed in the famine relief surcharge of 1921. See Department’s No. 271 of October 8, 5 P.M., 1920.86

  1. Art. xvi of the treaty of peace, amity, and commerce between the United States and China, signed at Tientsin, June 18, 1858, Malloy, Treaties, 1776–1909, vol. i, pp. 211, 217.
  2. Foreign Relations, 1920, vol. i, p. 728.