File No. 793.94/518
Minister Reinsch to the Secretary of State
Peking, September 5, 1916, 6 p.m.
As a result of a collision between Chinese and Japanese troops at Chengchiatun, Mongolia, in connection with military action against so-called Mongolian revolutionists, instigated, equipped and directed by Japanese in a similar way as in Shantung recently, the Japanese Government is now demanding of the Chinese Government creation of Japanese police forces in places where Japanese sojourn and the appointment of Japanese advisers to the China police; it is also suggesting appointment of Japanese military advisers and instructors; all this in addition to the usual indemnities and apologies.
While these demands refer to Manchuria and Eastern Mongolia, yet, unless the Chinese are able to safeguard themselves, dangerous precedent for all of China would be established.