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

No. 2774

Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Legation’s despatch No. 2759, June 4, 1934,17 in regard to the export of arms and munitions of war to China, and to enclose for the completion of the Department’s files copies of memoranda of conversations18 upon this subject.

The Department’s attention is particularly invited to enclosure No. 6,18 being a memorandum of conversation between an officer of this Legation and the First Secretary in charge of the Peiping office of the Japanese Legation, from which it will be seen that the Japanese position in the matter is that they will not acquiesce in what they call the Chinese effort unilaterally to impose additional restrictions in a matter already regulated by joint rules—the joint rules referred to being Rule III of the 1902 Tariff19 and the 1908 regulations governing the importation of arms and ammunition into China.20

There is also enclosed a copy of a letter from Dr. Hsu Mo, Political [Page 502] Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs,21 confirming previous assurances that sporting arms and ammunition would not be affected by the regulations governing the importation of munitions of war.

Respectfully yours,

Nelson Trusler Johnson
  1. Not printed; it transmitted copies of Legation’s note to the Foreign Office and instructions to consular officers in accordance with Department’s telegram No. 156, May 28, 8 p.m., p. 499.
  2. Not printed.
  3. Not printed.
  4. Signed at Shanghai, September 6, 1902; see Annex III, “Treaty Between the United States and China for the Extension of the Commercial Relations Between Them,” and attached schedule of tariff duties, Foreign Relations, 1903, pp. 100, 101, 118.
  5. Dated May 30, 1908, MacMurray, Treaties, 1894–1919, vol. i, p. 737.
  6. Not printed.