693.003/864: Telegram

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

30. Your 884, December 20, 1 p.m., Paragraph 31 and Department’s 421, December 22, 7 p.m.2

In view of all the facts of the situation this Government does not wish to lodge any protest against putting the schedule into effect. However, unless you are aware of reasons why such a course would be inadvisable, you will transmit to the Minister of Foreign Affairs as from the Secretary of State the following message:

“It is noted with regret that, while the American Government was the first to take effective steps making possible the realization of the aspirations of China for tariff autonomy, the National Government, in arranging its new tariff, has apparently chosen to impose upon certain commodities, which are imported into China for the most part and in large quantities from the United States, duties higher than those which were regarded, in the course of full consideration of the question at the Conference in Peking in 1926, as equitable in comparison with the rates then so regarded and which subsequently have been adopted by China in reference to other commodities and classes of commodities.”

  1. Foreign Relations, 1928, vol. ii, p. 395.
  2. Not printed; it conveyed the information that the Senate had adjourned until January 3 without ratifying the treaty (i. e., the tariff treaty signed July 25, 1928).