861a.01/287

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

No. 237

Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith a paraphrase of telegram No. 24 from Mr. Thomas dated May 27, 2 p.m., 1922.

I have [etc.]

Charles B. Warren
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[Enclosure—Telegram—Paraphrase]

The Vice Consul on Special Detail at Chita ( Thomas ) to the Ambassador in Japan ( Warren )

24. The following opinion was expressed to me by the Minister of Foreign Affairs:

A result expected from the defeat of Chang Tso-lin, and from the policy of Japan in Central China, is that Japan will attempt to consolidate a sphere of control in Manchuria, Maritime Province and Mongolia. The Government of the Far Eastern Republic intends to cooperate with the Peking government in opposition to this plan and it is expected that these two governments will be able to lessen Japan’s control in Mongolia without going to war. In order to accomplish this object the Far Eastern Republic and Soviet Russia wish to come to an agreement with the Peking government regarding a joint control of the Chinese Eastern Railway while yet permitting the Inter-Allied Technical Board to function for the present. This cannot be accomplished without the unofficial support of the plan by the United States in Peking.

All Russian elements in Manchuria and Maritime Province will unite in opposing the Japanese if consistent diplomatic opposition is made by the United States. …

Thomas