893.00 Nanking/90: Telegram

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


454. My 440, April 15, 7 p.m. In the hurry of preparing our joint recommendations with respect to the reply by Eugene Ch’en to the notes on the Nanking affair, the Ministers of the five interested powers failed to comment upon the following two points on which our discussions showed that we agreed:

Ch’en’s reply contemplates the establishment of five separate international commissions to investigate the same facts, and this is impracticable. [Page 199] Apparently the suggestion is designed to cause dissension among the five interested powers.
To establish such international commissions would result in giving the Nationalist regime recognition by all the five powers as a consequence of the Nanking outrages. None of the powers have so far given such recognition to this regime.