File No. 763.72115/3327

The Secretary of State to the Minister in China ( Reinsch )

[Telegram]

Your June 12, 4 p.m. Does the Chinese Government understand that, while this Government has agreed to guarantee China against demands by Germany and Austria because of the deportation and also to guarantee China’s favorable treatment in the peace conference, Great Britain and France have not given the assurance about the peace conference? Do you understand that China agrees to the deportation without the guarantee from Great Britain and France as to the peace conference?

This Government might feel that, in case Great Britain and France do not join in the assurance, we should withdraw our assurance in view of the fact that the arrangement has not been completed. While we have every desire to aid the Government of China, we might feel that we should not stand as the sole sponsors for China’s treatment at the peace conference.

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