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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, with the annual message of the president transmitted to Congress December 3, 1901
(1901)

China,   pp. 39-133 PDF (8.4 MB)


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 a Printed ante. 39CHINA. 
FOREIGN SETTLEMENTS—ENCROACHMENTS OF VARIOUS 
POWERS AT TIENTSIN. 
Aft. Uonger to 3fr. Hay. 
[Telegram—Paraphrase.] 
LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES, 
Fe/cm, I%7~vem her 14, 1900. 
 (Mr. Conger reports that the consular officers at Tientsin have been informed
by the Russian general that he has taken absolute possession of a large tract
facing the foreign settlement, as property of the Russian army by conquest.
 Mr. Conger regards this as a dangerous precedent, as all extensions of foreign
settlements should be international. He has directed the United States consul
to enter a protest and will himself protest to the Russian minister. 
 Belgium is also claiming a large tract adjoining that claimed by Russia.
 Suggests the probable desirability of further action by the Department.)
JJfr. Hay to 3fr. Gonqer. 
[Telegram—Paraphrase.] 
DEPARTMENT OF STATE, 
TTTas/iinqton, 1\Tovember 16, 1900. 
 (Mr. Hay states that the United States Government favor securing foreign
rights at treaty ports by adequate foreign concessions, either as an international
settlement or as separate concessions to the interested nations, but that
forcible appropriation under claim of conquest is in conflict with the declared
purpose of the powers and disturbs their harmonious action. The United States
Government think the question should be adjusted as part of the general arrangement,
in which the right of the United States to an impardal share should be reserved.
 Mr. Conger's protest is approved.) 
JJfr. Con ger to JJ&. Hay. 
No. 491.] LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES, 
Fekin, December 31, 1900. 
 SIR: Confirming my telegrams of the 14th ultimo and your reply a of the
16th ultimo, concerning the seizure and appropriation of a large 


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