893.74/803: Telegram

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


19. Your telegrams No. 1, January 3, 2 p.m., and No. 27, January 13, 6 p.m.

1. The following paragraph from the Department’s note of January 12, 1928, to the British Ambassador is quoted:

[Here follows the text of the fourth paragraph of the note printed on page 558.]

This may be used by you as you see fit, but you should guard against a possible inference that this Government, in thus stating its position, abandons in any way the existing contract rights of American citizens.

2. Unless it be that Ginman desires the Chinese to infer that this Government favors an international understanding without participation by the Chinese, the Department perceives no reason for [Page 561] an informal conference in regard to wireless matters between yourself and the British and Japanese Ministers as requested by Ginman. It is asserted by Radio Corporation that Ginman, who now asserts that he suspects the Japanese, was undoubtedly the person who arranged in 1921 joint Japanese, British, and French opposition to the Federal Wireless contract.37