893.74/656: Telegram

The Minister in China (MacMurray) to the Secretary of State

60. Your telegram number 31, January 27, 5 p.m.

Davis and I fully concur in your suggestion that you ask Harbord to consult with you and be informed of developments reported in my cipher telegrams 24, January 13, 9 p.m.; 25, January 14, 10 a.m.; 35, January 20, 7 p.m. He should be asked to bring Davis’ [Page 1051] letter of December 7th concerning invitation to parties to meet at New York.47
[Paraphrase.] You refer to conversations here with Saburi as if they indicated that negotiations have already begun between Radio Corporation and the Japanese. Neither Davis nor Saburi take such a view. They regard them as purely exchanges of views to pave the way for negotiations ultimately between the interested companies, after the Government of China has taken that action which constitutes a condition necessarily precedent to negotiations being inaugurated, as my telegram number 35 pointed out in paragraphs 5 and 6. There is a danger involved in treating the matter as though negotiations were already in progress with the Japanese. [End paraphrase.]
  1. Copy forwarded to the Department by Maj. Gen. James G. Harbord, Feb. 4, 1926; not printed.