File No. 793.94/238.
Minister Reinsch to the Secretary of State.
Peking, February 23, 1915—8 p.m.
My telegram of February 20, 5 p.m. At the conference yesterday Japanese Minister continued to insist on full list of demands including Article V. When the Chinese refused steadfastly the Japanese Minister agreed to discussion in detail but insisting that Article V must be taken up in its turn. The demands relating to Shantung were then discussed. The Japanese ruled out the question of rendition of Tsingtau as irrelevant, and, rejecting all Chinese counter proposals, insisted that [on?] acceptance of Article I en bloc. As the Chinese did not agree to this, the meeting remained without result. Adjournment was taken till Friday [the 26th], when Article II will be discussed.