The Acting Secretary of State to the Consul General at Shanghai (Davis)

2173. Dept perceives no objection to application by American interests for registration and issuance new title deeds accordance procedure outlined Urtel 2034 Oct 18. Interested Americans should be informed however that such documentation prepared in ConGen only prima facie evidence American ownership as question one for judicial decision Chinese authorities. As indicated Deptel 2048 Nov 838 notarial services this connection may be performed gratis under Item 38. Care should be exercised in ascertaining American interests are protected fullest extent contemplated Article 4, 1943 treaty (Sent Shanghai, repeated Nanking as Dept’s 1104).

ConGen authorized apply for new deed ownership Whangpoo Road property (Urtels 2044 Oct 21 and 2247 Nov 1539) including submerged areas subject reclamation. Copies new deeds govt property should be forwarded Dept.

  1. Not printed.
  2. Latter not printed; it requested a reply to telegram No. 2044, supra.