793.94 Shanghai Round Table/4: Telegram

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

535. Tokyo’s 125, May 13, 10 a.m. [p.m.]

1. By way of comment upon proposal made by Japanese Minister [Page 19] for Foreign Affairs to representatives four powers at Tokyo I desire to call Department’s attention to my telegram of March 1, 9 p.m., from Shanghai15 referring to the Department’s No. 60, February 29, 4 p.m.,16 to me.

Nothing has occurred since March 1st to persuade me to change the views which I then expressed.

2. I wish to invite the Department’s attention to the fact that Tokyo informed press of interview between Minister of Foreign Affairs and representatives four powers. If discussions are continued in Tokyo as proposed, whether they result in a round-table conference or not, the fact that the publicity in regard to these discussions will be controlled from Tokyo is a matter of importance to us.