893.6359 Wolfram Ore/4: Telegram

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

623. Legation’s 621, July 24, 3 p.m.9 Following telegram has been sent Canton:

“July 26, 9 a.m. Your July 20, 1 p.m. On the basis July 20th news reports of monopoly, Legation’s Nanking Office addressed informal inquiries to Ministry of Industries which informally confirms report and states plan has the approval of Executive Yuan. Legation seeking confirmation through Foreign Affairs and if confirmation received will lodge immediate formal protest on the ground that monopoly is in violation of article 3 of the Nine-Power Treaty of 1922, article 15 of the Sino-American treaty of 1844 and article 14 of the Sino-French treaty of 1858. If local export situation now indicates that your protest on similar grounds to Canton authorities will be useful you may, pending Legation’s further instructions, lodge such protest.”

Nanking has been appropriately instructed.

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