The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Japan (Dooman)
Washington, July 15, 1939—6 p.m.
202. Your 320, July 10, 4 p.m.
- Unless you perceive objection, please seek an early appropriate occasion to read to the Japanese Foreign Minister the pertinent portions of Chungking’s no. 438, July 13, noon, which Chungking has been instructed to repeat to you via Shanghai.
- In bringing to the Foreign Minister’s attention the report under reference, you should allude to the Foreign Minister’s statement made to you on July 10 to the effect that it was impossible for him to promise that the bombing of Chungking would cease, as attack from the air was an important and an effective phase of military operations, and you should emphasize the importance which this Government attachés to the report as a carefully considered statement of fact and opinion by a highly qualified observer. You should also inform the Foreign Minister that it is difficult for this Government to reconcile with this report the general tenor of the statements attributed to Hirasawa by the Counselor of the Japanese Embassy (reference the Department’s telegram 183, July 6, 7 p.m.).
Repeated to Chungking and Peiping.