File No. 861.00/2439

The Chargé in China (MacMurray) to the Secretary of State


Your August 5, 7 p.m. I am advised in behalf of the Foreign Office that there is no truth whatever in the report that German forces have entered Manchuria. Military Governor of Heilung-kiang [Page 335] Province reports that he has made an arrangement with the Bolshevik leaders with whom the German and Austrian prisoners are acting that they will remain at Duria [Dauriya?].

Supplementing my August 6, 3 p.m. I have now learned in strict confidence that the military convention with Japan having been made conditional on the existence of an actual necessity the Chinese Government by a note to the Japanese Legation dated July 27 formally acknowledged the existence of such a necessity, the effect of this acknowledgment being that the convention would automatically come into operation upon the Japanese Government’s declaring its intention to undertake an expedition whether in Siberia or in Chinese territory.