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

295. Following from American Consul General at Mukden:

“March 30, 3 p.m. According to strictly confidential information a new treaty, the existence of which is kept secret, has been concluded between Japan and Manchukuo. Contents unknown. Its publication is expected in the near future.

From a reliable source it has also been learned in confidence that the situation along Great Wall has become much more serious during the past week and that influential elements in the Army believe that there is grave danger that North China will be invaded unless Chinese attitude is radically changed.”