893.05/239: Telegram

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

68. Legation’s 19 [52], January 16, 3 p.m., Department’s 19, January 17, 7 p.m. Following from Jacobs and Bucknell at Shanghai:

“January 21, 9 a.m.

Subject to possible minor modifications we have obtained an agreement which attached exchange of notes we believe adequately safeguards the points mentioned in joint instructions from Heads of Legation92 and our January 14, 4 p.m., and January 15, noon.93 The agreement is made subject to Heads of Legation for approval and those forwarded by foreign delegates in a joint telegram now under preparation through the British Minister.
In view of your departure from Peiping we are telegraphing draft agreement, as soon as it becomes final which we expect will be at a meeting this afternoon. Our own comment is also being forwarded as soon as possible.
If the draft agreement meets with your approval we would request instructions regarding the question which we suggest be done by interested Heads of Legation along with the unilateral declaration regarding treaty rights and future laws which we have verbally informed [Page 323] Chinese representatives will be made. Draft of suggested unilateral declaration will accompany draft agreement.”

Nanking’s January 15, noon, was repeated as the Legation’s 48, January 16, 11 a.m.

  1. See telegram No. 1173, December 20, 1929, from the Chargé in China, Foreign Relations, 1929, vol. ii, p. 736.
  2. See telegrams No. 47, January 15, and No. 48, January 16, from the Chargé in China, pp. 318 and 319.