The American Embassy in Japan to the Japanese Ministry for Foreign Affairs 22
Information reaching the Government of the United States indicates that there is contemplated the establishment of an Oil Company in North China in which Japanese interests will control a majority of the shares, and that such a company, if and when established, will operate under a system of officially controlled import and sales quotas.
The Government of the United States would welcome assurances that, in the event the information reaching it should prove to be true, American Oil Companies trading in North and Central China will not be denied equality of opportunity by reason of the establishment of the contemplated company controlled by Japanese interests or any system of import and sales quotas which may be imposed now or in the future.
- Copy transmitted to the Department by the Ambassador in Japan in his despatch No. 2899, April 22; received May 21.↩