The Secretary of State to the Minister in China (Johnson)
34. Your 81, January 24, noon. Department suggests that Chinese authorities might be dissuaded from making any serious attempt to enforce the demands against American nationals if the Legation would now address another note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs referring to the Legation’s note No. 519, November 26, 1932,20 and to the demands made on American firms at Shanghai for payment of foreshore fees, and stating that, in accordance with the position of the American Government outlined in the note under reference, the American firms concerned have been advised not to comply with the demand recently made on those firms for the payment of foreshore fees.