893.5034 Registration/35

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

No. 290

Sir: Referring to the Department’s instruction No. 266 of September 26, 1930, regarding the registration of American business concerns with the Chinese authorities, there are enclosed herewith, for your information, copies of a letter received from The Texas Company under date October 10, 1930, and of the Department’s reply thereto.71

The Legation will note that the Department’s opposition to the requirement which the Chinese authorities are now attempting to impose that American corporations desiring to bring suit in Chinese courts shall register under Chinese law is based principally on the ground that enforcement of the requirement would be in derogation of the extraterritorial rights of such corporations.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
W. R. Castle, Jr.
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