The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in China (Stuart)
75. Issuance uniform instructions to local authorities by land bureau (Embtel 76, Jan 15) re replacement documents and registration property felt by Dept highly desirable for protection American rights under treaty and suitable step for Chinese Govt to take in implementation of treaty obligation. This Govt not in good position, however, [to] insist uniformity regulations essential under treaty in view situation [in] US concerning landholding. If local regulations unreasonable they would be inconsistent with treaty and Emb should bring matter attention FonOff. Emb should make strong representation to FonOff against Jan 31 registration deadline as contrary to treaty, stressing unreasonableness of date rather than argument that any time limit inconsistent with treaty provision.
Dept desires be kept informed this subject.