893.6359 Wolfram Ore/2: Telegram

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

253. Canton, under date July 20, 1 p.m.,4 reports the probable but apparently unconfirmed granting by the Chinese Government [Page 594] to the British firm of Arnhold and Company of an export monopoly for wolfram ore.

If, upon further investigation, it is ascertained that such monopoly has been granted, Department suggests, providing you concur, that Legation instruct the Consul General at Canton to register appropriate protests, both oral and written, with the local authorities. (See Article III of the Nine Power Treaty of 1922;6 Article XV of the Sino-American Treaty of 18447 and Article XIV of the 1858 French Treaty of Tientsin.8)

If the action suggested above fails to achieve desired results, Department suggests that Legation lodge a formal protest with the Nanking authorities.

  1. Not printed.
  2. Foreign Relations, 1922, vol. i, p. 276.
  3. Miller, Treaties, vol. 4, p. 559.
  4. British and Foreign State Papers, vol. li, p. 637.