893.841 Surtax/17: Telegram

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

304. Your 781, August 1, 3 p.m. In discussions with your colleagues concerning taxes and duties exacted by local Chinese authorities contrary to treaty provisions you should be guided as regards this Government’s policy by Department’s 302 of July 30, 7 p.m. and previous recent instructions. The Department’s instructions do not preclude your discussing any form of joint action your colleagues may propose, provided the use of military or naval force is not involved. Inform colleagues at your discretion.