893.00/10627: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in China (Perkins)

388. Your 1030, November 22, 10 p.m., paragraph 3.

The Department understands that there is a possibility of imminent hostilities on the West River. Your note to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs should lay emphasis on the intention of the American authorities concerned to conform to the wishes of the [Page 491] Chinese authorities in the matter of the navigation of the West River as far as may be compatible with the duties performed by the former under the authorization of the treaties.
The Department is consulting the Navy Department and is confident that its officers in China and the American naval authorities will be able to extend needed assistance to American residents and at the same time avoid as far as may be practicable complications with the Chinese.