893.512 Flour/1: Telegram

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

494. 1. Following from Shanghai:

“June 21, 12 a.m. [noon.] Native press of June 16th published regulations promulgated by the Ministry of Finance to be immediately effective calling for special tax of 5 cents per sack on Chinese and imported flour. Washington agreement authorizes eventual levying of surtax on dutiable imports but since flour is now duty free Legation’s instruction is requested in reference to request of American flour importers that some action be taken by the American Government.”

2. It is suggested Legation be authorized to instruct Cunningham to protest as a matter of record.