500.A4/4c: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Japan (Bell)28

107. Supplementing our 104, July 8th, 4 p.m.29 Inform Japanese Government that it is the view of this Government that the question of limitation of armament has relation to Pacific and Far Eastern problems and therefore it would seem appropriate that proposed conference should also embrace discussion by interested Powers of all Far Eastern questions and that China should be invited to [Page 25] participate in that discussion. Also state that our suggestion that inquiry be held confidential is withdrawn and that President will make announcement on Monday morning July 11th that he has directed these inquiries to be made and that this Government will issue invitation for conference in due course if proposal acceptable.

  1. The same, mutatis mutandis, to the diplomatic representatives in France (no. 333) and Italy (no. 122). (File nos. 500.A4/4d, 4b.)
  2. See footnote 17, p. 18.