893.00 Nanking/37: Telegram

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


351. Department’s telegram No. 118 of April 2, 3 p.m.

The Ministers of the interested powers conferred yesterday. Yoshizawa reported that the Japanese Government would accept the [Page 182] formula proposed provided section B should be changed to read as follows: “To inform Chiang Kai-shek simultaneously through our consuls general that unless the Nationalist army demonstrates to our satisfaction their intentions to comply promptly, et cetera.” My other colleagues and I felt warranted in accepting this change.
Yoshizawa then read an instruction from his Government instructing him to request several days’ delay to allow time for an effort through Japan’s consul general at Shanghai to induce Chiang to take the initiative in making an offer to meet the views of the powers. All of us, Yoshizawa included, regretted the delay, especially as a message had already been received from the Japanese consul general at Shanghai saying that he could see no prospect that Chiang would agree. We could not, however, take action until Yoshizawa received new instructions. He said he would request these at once.