893.102S/1573: Telegram

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

7. Your 5, January 3, 3 p.m., and 10, January 4, 2 p.m. Department approves of the position and action taken by you as reported in your No. 5.

For your information, guidance and use if occasion arises, in the light of existing law, treaties and policy, this Government cannot, and therefore no agent of this Government could with any binding effect, enter into any commitment the purport of which would be to recognize or give countenance to any attempt on the part of any foreign government or agencies thereof to exercise jurisdiction over American nationals in China.

Department’s 384, December 30, 3 p.m., to Tokyo, is repeated for your information:

[Here follows text of telegram No. 384 printed in Foreign Relations, 1937, volume IV, page 426.]

Repeat to Ambassador at Hankow.