File No. 793.94/236.

Minister Reinsch to the Secretary of State.


In reply to your telegram February 19, 2 p.m., I beg to refer to my previous reports particularly February 1, 8 p.m., February 8, 9 p.m., February 9, 7 p.m., February 15, 10 p.m.

As recently as yesterday Baron Kato informed Chinese Minister at Tokyo and on February 18 Japanese Minister informed the Foreign Office here that the Japanese Government was not satisfied with readiness of the Chinese Government to negotiate concerning [Page 96] the first four articles but insisted upon negotiations in regard to the whole set of twenty-one demands presented on 18th ultimo including the more obnoxious ones segregated in article V.