The American Minister in China (Johnson) to the Chinese Minister for Foreign Affairs (C. T. Wang)5

No. 312

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of a note dated June 4, 1931, from Your Excellency’s Ministry,6 requesting that American merchants be instructed that no contract providing for the purchase by any local government in China of firearms or any article for military use may be concluded unless a permit is formally issued by the Central Government, and to state that, in accordance with your request, this information is being brought to the attention of American Consular Officers in China for the information of those interested. A copy of Your Excellency’s note under reply is also being transmitted to the Department of State at Washington.

I avail myself [etc.]

For the Minister:
C. Van H. Engert

First Secretary of Legation
  1. Copy transmitted to the Department by the Minister in China in his despatch No. 1049, June 24; received July 20.
  2. Not printed.