811.5293/6–1047: Telegram

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

1400. Shanghai Bureau of Land Administration has not yet replied to Consulate General’s request for general extension of time limit for registration on behalf unknown American landowners (mytel 800, May 8, repeated Department as 1123, May 8, 7 p.m. and my despatch to Department No. 1205, May 1322). Land Bureau apparently has adopted practice of granting extension of 1 month in cases where Consulate General has notified it of names of individuals who were unable comply with original time limit. In reply to such notifications Land Bureau sends mimeographed letter pertinent part of which reads “since the said owner has factual difficulty permission is hereby granted to reserve the time limit for application for 1 month from the [Page 1396] date of receipt of this letter.” In most cases this gives owners until mid-July to register. Consulate General will, if necessary, request further extensions for those who are unable to comply within this extended period of 1 month.

  1. Latter not printed.