The Secretary of State to the President of the Radio Corporation of America (Harbord)

Sir: With reference to previous correspondence regarding the contract between the Federal Telegraph Company and the Chinese Government for the erection of radio stations in China, you are informed that the Japanese Ambassador called at the Department in regard to this matter on September 27 and was received by Mr. Nelson T. Johnson, Assistant Secretary of State.

The Ambassador said that he had called in reference to the radio question, since he understood that conditions were very favorable for a settlement. He said that it was his impression that a proposal from the Chinese authorities for the settlement of the subject at issue was before the Japanese and American Governments and he expressed a desire to know whether the American Government had accepted or rejected this proposal. The Ambassador intimated that the proposal [Page 476] which the Chinese had made was in a general sense acceptable to his government. Mr. Johnson said that he understood that a proposal had been made directly to the Radio Corporation by the Chinese Ministry of Communications but that there was no proposal of the Chinese Government before the American Government; that, so far as the American Government was concerned the matter waited upon replies from the Chinese Ministry of Communications and Messrs. Mitsui and Company to the invitation sent by the Radio Corporation to come to New York for a conference of the three interested parties.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
J. K. Caldwell

Acting Chief, Division of Far Eastern Affairs