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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 8, 1908

Nicaragua,   pp. 661-662 PDF (417.8 KB)

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 1 See Foreign Relations, 1897, p. 96. 661NICARAGUA. 
File No. 14413. 
The Acting Secretary of State to Minister Coolidge. 
   Washington, July 15, 1908. 
 SIR: I inclose herewith a copy of a note from the Chinese minister, in which
he requests that the American minister to Nicaragua and the American consular
officers in that country be instructed to continue their protection of Chinese
subjects and their interests in Nicarag'ua. 
 Now that Nicaragua has been made a separate mission, it is proper to renew
and confirm to you the instructions heretofore given to Minister Baker for
the use of the good offices of the legation and of the American consuls in
Nicaragua in behalf of Chinese subjects residing in Nicaragua in the absence
of a Chinese representative in that quarter. 
 You will accordingly take under the protection of the legation at Managua
Chinese subjects and their interests in Nicaragua in the way pointed out
in instructions Nos. 470 and 535,1 dated. respectively, July 3, 1896, and
February 6, 1897, to Minister Baker. Copies of those instructions are inclosed
herewith. You will give the consuls in Nicaragua the appropriate instructions
in the premises. 
I am, etc., 
The Chinese Minister to the E~1ecretary of state. 
Washington, July 1, 1908. 
 SIR: I have the honor to transmit to you the contents of a petition which
I have recently received from my people who are residing at Bluefields and
other cities of Nicaragua, Central America. 
 It seems that ever since the year 1894 unfriendly legislation has been passed
by the Government of Nicaragua against my people, at first only prohibiting
the landing of new arrivals, and subsequently even refusing admission to
merchants who had returned to the homeland on visits. A recent law demands
the payment of $100 from every Chinese departing from the country and $500
on his reentrance. In several other ways the subjects of our Empire have
been harassed and unfavorably treated. 
 At the request of my Government the interests of Chinese subjects residing
in Nicaragua have been placed, by permission of your Government, under the
protection of your diplomatic and consular representatives in that country,

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