893.113 Airplanes/100

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

No. 3480

Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Legation’s telegram No. 98, February 27, 3 p.m., the Department’s telegram No. 75, March 12, 8 p.m., and the Legation’s despatch No. 3435 of March 8, 1935,57 in regard to the newly promulgated Regulations Governing the Importation of Aeronautical Equipment.

The Department expressed some concern in its telegram No. 75 over the requirements for the payment of stamp tax and permit fees and the submission of documents through the diplomatic mission or consulates. Since the Legation’s office at Nanking is familiar with these questions, Counselor Peck’s comments on the Department’s telegram were requested. A copy of the Legation’s instruction to Counselor Peck, dated March 20, 1935, and of his reply dated March 25, 1935, are enclosed for the Department’s information.58

The Department will note that Counselor Peck agrees with the Legation that it is unnecessary and would be undesirable to make reservations in regard to the points raised by the Department. In the absence, therefore, of contrary instructions from the Department, the Legation will not for the time being make reservations in regard to these new regulations. As stated in the Legation’s instruction to Mr. Peck, the British Legation has not made and does not contemplate making any reservations.

Respectfully yours,

Nelson Trusler Johnson
  1. Despatch not printed.
  2. Neither printed.