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

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and drug traffic or in preparing reports thereon under the Narcotics
Limitation Convention of 1931.'7 Should appropriate opportunity
present, however, the Legation may point out informally the menace
to the United States which existing opium and drug conditions in
China constitute and may express the hope that Chinese annual reports
on narcotics and reports on seizure cases will be more complete in
  (4) Inform Nanking by mail.
    The Secretary of State to the Minister in China (Johnson)
No. 1418                               WASHINGTON, July 30, 1934.
  SIR: The report of the Opium Advisory Committee on the work of
its Seventeenth Session (October 30 to November 9, 1933) stressed the
lack of official information available in regard to conditions in Man-
churia in the following terms:
        .18 Under present conditions, the League is not receiving any
reports, as provided for in the International Conventions, in regard to
the traffic in opium and dangerous drugs in the territory, or any official
information as to the situation there. The Committee feel it to be
their duty to represent to the Council the great importance of steps
being taken, by whatever channel or method may be found to be most
suitable in existing circumstances, to secure the fullest possible infor-
mation as to the production, sale and use of opium and drugs in the
territory, the administration of the laws and regulations which have
been adopted on the subject and their effects, cases of illicit traffic,
so on, such as the League receives from other countries and territories.
The Committee considers that it is of the utmost importance that the
present regime in the territory should be aware of the interest which
the opium and drug policy there must necessarily have for other coun-
tries and territories and that the assistance of all concerned should be
secured in the application there of the measures of control and re-
striction which have been adopted now by a large majority of the
countries of the world."
  When the rapporteur presented the Committee's report to the Coun-
cil the covering report which he submitted as rapporteur included the
following statement:
  "The Advisory Committee considered very carefully the bearing on
its work-and, generally, on the execution by the League of the duty
17 Signed at Geneva, July 13, 1931, Foreign Relations, 1931, vol. i, p. 675.
Omission indicated in the original.

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