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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1934. The Far East
(1934)

China,   pp. 349-630 PDF (102.7 MB)


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                            CHINA
PROBLEM OF CONTROLLING THE TRAFFIC IN OPIUM AND NARCOTIC
    DRUGS IN CHINA, INCLUDING MANCHURIA AND JEHOL
500.C1197/660
      The Consul at Geneva (Gilbert) to the Secretary of State
No. 796 Political                       GENEVA, January 27, 1934.
                                           [Received February 7.]
  SIR: I have the honor to transmit herewith three copies of document
C.24 (1) .1934.XI dated January 19, 1934,1 containing the report
adopted by the Council of the League of Nations on January 20
relating to the work of the Opium Advisory Committee during its
17th Session. In addition to commenting on the questions raised by
the Advisory Committee the report is executory in character, contain-
ing directions to the Secretary-General for giving effect to the Advi-
sory Committee's recommendations. Generally speaking, this report
is self contained and requires no comment. There were, however,
developments relating to the subject of the situation in Manchuria and
Jehol territory which are not brought out in the report and which I
set forth below for the Department's information.
  The subject of the report of the Advisory Committee on its 17th
Session, with the Polish representative on the Council named as
rapporteur, appeared on the Council's agenda for the first meeting of
the last session which convened on January 15. The discussion of this
question by the Council was adjourned on that date and was subse-
quently adjourned from day to day until the closing meeting of the
Session.
  Mr. Hoo2 of the Chinese Permanent Delegation at Geneva has ex-
plained to me the reasons for this postponement. The original report
of the rapporteur on the subject, which was dated January 10, 1934,
was, Mr. Hoo assures me, prepared for the Polish representative by
the Opium Section of the Secretariat. I may add in passing that the
preparation of such reports on technical questions by the Secretariat
is a common practice and has grown up naturally as a result of the
circumstance that the Council representatives, in addition to being
'League of Nations, O/Jtcial Journal, February 1934, pp. 157-160.
2Victor Chitsai Hoo, Chinese Minister in Switzerland.
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