The Chargé in Japan (Caffery) to the Secretary of State
[Received November 15—1 p.m.]
294. My telegram number 293, November 4 , 7  p.m.45 Minister for Foreign Affairs handed to French Ambassador this morning the following aide-mémoire:
“The Japanese entirely share with the French Government the opinion that a new government which may be established in China is entitled to recognition by foreign powers only when it is capable of fulfilling China’s international engagement[s]. The Japanese Government further realize the importance of obtaining from a new government in China satisfactory assurance respecting such international obligations in case it becomes opportune to consider the question of recognition to be extended to include government.
Instructions will be given to the Japanese Minister at Peking to cooperate with his colleagues of the principal powers interested in China in examining at an opportune moment all questions relating to recognition subject to the approval of their respective governments.”
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