893.659 Matches/12: Telegram

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

67. Nanking’s despatches Nos. 9821 and 103 of February 21 and 27 in regard to proposed match monopoly. On the basis of the information contained in the Embassy’s despatches, the Department is inclined to concur in the view expressed in the penultimate paragraph of Nanking’s No. 98 under reference.22 In this connection, the Embassy should bear in mind Department’s instruction No. 1745 of September 4, 1935,23 on the subject of monopolies.

  1. Not printed.
  2. The Ambassador in China stated that it was his intention “to take no further step in connection with the discussions relating to the formation of a match monopoly unless it shall seem necessary to emphasize further the opposition of the American Government to monopolies.” (893.659 Matches/11)
  3. Foreign Relations, 1935, vol. iii, p. 786.