893.00/10642: Telegram

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

1076. Legation’s 1050, November 28, noon. Legation has received a further telegram from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stating that he will have to extend the time limit for the blockade of the West River and requesting instructions be given American warships and merchantmen to refrain from navigation there for the time being. I am replying that the American authorities concerned are being informed with regard to the extension of the time limit for the blockade and I am at the same time reaffirming the position taken in the Legation’s former note with regard to the responsibility of the Chinese Government.