File No. 793.94/223.
Minister Reinsch to the Secretary of State.
Peking, February 8, 1915—9 p.m.
I am informed that at the conference last Friday [February 5] Japanese Minister, after a demand to accept the twenty-one proposals in principle had been declined, insisted that the Minister for Foreign Affairs should express a general opinion on each demand, which was done, the Minister for Foreign Affairs pointing out that certain of the demands were incompatible with treaty rights or with sovereign power of China and therefore unacceptable.