File No. 861.00/2341

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Japan (Morris)


Your July 23, 10 p.m.2 There are two particularly interesting points in your despatch: (1) we quite agree that a patrol of troops along the Chinese Eastern Railway is a military precaution it would be wise to take; (2) We agree that the request of the Chinese Government to participate should be favorably acted upon in view of Chinese territorial position and her desire to join.

There being agreement on these two views it follows as most logical and proper that some of Chinese military activity should be exerted in controlling that part of the Chinese Eastern within Manchuria without interference from any of the governments participating in the Siberian enterprise. As that is Chinese soil and as the Chinese Government desires to take a part in the undertaking it is felt that she should be allowed to play this specific part and that a small contingent of Chinese troops be in addition added to the international force at Vladivostok.

You are authorized to take this up orally.

  1. Ante, p. 300.