File No. 893.00/2586
Ambassador Page to the Secretary of State
London , June 5, 1917, 10 p.m.
6368. Your 4916, June 4, 3 p.m. Lord Robert Cecil must have a conference before can give a formal or final answer which he promises forthwith. His personal views are favorable to a joint representation but he considers China’s entry into war although secondary to domestic unity and peace of very great importance. China’s entry would deal a hard blow to Germany in trade relations after the war and he regards German fear of complete commercial isolation as one of the strongest kinds of pressure to bring peace.