Mr. Griscom to Mr. Hay.
Tokyo, February 20, 1904.
Sir: I have the honor to send you herewith a copy given me by the minister for foreign affairs of an exchange of notes between the Chinese legation and the foreign office here relative to the neutrality of China in the present war.
In the Chinese note the resolve to maintain neutrality is dwelt upon, but the impossibility of its enforcement in places still occupied by foreign troops is pointed out, and China’s sovereignty over the three eastern provinces is affirmed.
As will be seen, the Japanese reply states this Government’s position toward China’s neutrality, assures the Chinese Government that property, Imperial tombs, etc., will be respected by the Japanese forces, and disclaims the intention to acquire territory at the expense of China or to impair her sovereignty.
I am, etc.,