711.93/166a: Telegram

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

14. In view of the fact that a garbled report of what occurred at press conference on the 11th may be telegraphed to China, I repeat hereunder memorandum of what was said at the time.

“A correspondent asked whether there has been any development in the Chinese matter, due to messages to the effect that someone is coming from the Nanking or Shanghai Government to Washington. The Secretary said he does not know whether or not anyone is coming. He added that his offer made on January 27, 1927, to negotiate in China a treaty on the tariff subject, still stands, but it has never been accepted over there, and, so far as the Secretary is aware, there is nothing new in regard to the matter.”