The Consul General at Shanghai (Sammons) to the Minister in China (Reinsch)25
Sir: I have the honor to report that on Saturday afternoon, Mr. Tong Shao-yi sent me a copy of his telegram to the Diplomatic Body at Peking, giving further views with reference to the Shensi military situation, in connection with the Internal Peace Conference. This telegram has now been embodied in Bulletin No. 21 of the “Intelligence Bureau of the Constitutional Government of China”, as issued yesterday afternoon, a copy of which is enclosed.
This bulletin also contains a lengthy telegram from the Premier at Peking to Mr. Tong Shao-yi, indicating the attitude of the Chinese Government with relation to the War Participation Bureau, and confirming a report made by me some time ago that it was the intention of the Peking authorities to continue the military program, with Japanese financial assistance, until peace was actually signed in Europe.
Naturally, all concerned here are anxious to know why it is necessary to continue this military program until peace is signed, etc., etc., and whether this determination to continue said program was reached at the time of the original secret agreement or more recently; that is to say, during the past month. As it is Mr. Tong’s desire to secure additional publicity regarding Japan’s military program in China, it is understood that he will send a further telegram to Peking, with a view to bringing out further admissions, and, at least, affording himself the opportunity to place before the world what would appear to be the facts with regard to Japan’s readiness to furnish gold, ammunition and rifles—as well as the willingness of the Chinese military autocrats of the North to receive the same. It is believed by the representatives of the South in China, at least, that if it can be shown to the world that Tokyo, through the Japanese military leaders, and not Peking, is controlling the destinies of China, there may be a reaction that will enable those, who stand ready to make a suitable declaration of intentions, to obtain that measure of sympathetic support that will bring about settled conditions [Page 304]and the establishment of a potent civil government which all wellwishers for China’s future desire.
The telegraphic advices received by Mr. Chu Chi-chien, the chief delegate for the North, seem to hearten him, he having been advised by Peking to continue his efforts on behalf of a peaceful settlement, etc., etc.
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