861.00/6859: Telegram

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

172. In reference to Caldwell’s telegrams quoting Russian press statements that Matsudaira has declared that Japanese Siberian policy is not independent but has approval of other Allies, you will communicate to Vladivostok, Peking, and Harbin for appropriate publicity the following:

“No agreement has been reached or discussed by the Government of the United States in regard to Eastern Siberia and the Chinese Eastern Eailway zone since the agreement of the Allied and Associated Powers in January and February, 1919, under which the Inter-Allied Railroad Board and the Inter-Allied Technical Committee were established, and under which the distribution of the military forces guarding the railway was determined.”

You may, in your discretion, make this public in Japan.