893.6359 Wolfram Ore/8: Telegram

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

265. Your 636, July 28, 2 p.m.,9 and previous. Hankow in its telegram 38 of July 28, noon,9 reports, inter alia, statement by Arnhold [Page 595] and Company that on August 1 it will have a monopoly of the initial trade of tungsten in China for 2 years under grant from Nanking Government and that such plan was approved by Executive Yuan July 15.

Irrespective of whether Arnhold and Company will be able in near future effectively to control the total export from China of tungsten, it would appear that what at least in form is a monopoly has been granted to such company. Department therefore suggests that Legation lodge promptly with the Nanking authorities a formal protest against such monopoly based on the treaty provisions indicated in the Department’s 253 of July 21, 6 p.m.

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