893.5034 Registration/9–1845: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Chargé in China (Robertson)

1526. Dept is apprehensive of future misunderstanding if reliance is placed on interpretive comments (Urtel 1611, Sept 18) which may or may not accurately reflect the official view of the present or future govts, rather than on clear language in the law. Therefore, if not already included, it would appear desirable to insert in the law an article designating the provisions relating to foreign companies.

The same apprehension applies to the language approved by Legislative Yuan for article numbered 7 in Urtel under reference with the addition that to say the least the language in that article is unclear and subject to an interpretation diametrically opposite to that offered by Chang. It is believed that it would be helpful if the Chinese would amend the article so as to clearly convey the meaning intended by Sun Fo. Dept assumes this is old article 261 reworded and moved to Chapter 1.

Dept is gratified at reported amendments in draft.