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

241. Legation’s 233, June 1, 4 p.m., paragraph 4.

Inasmuch as it is now learned that a large contingent of Japanese troops destined for the Tientsin garrison are expected to land at Chinwangtao on or about June 12 to replace a similar number whose term of duty on that station has expired it is possible that the Chinese military official referred to has confused reports of a fresh invasion with this movement which is a normal replacement and occurs every spring.
The two trains of archives and personnel of the Provincial headquarters, referred to in the Legation’s 236, June 2, 2 p.m. proceeded to Paoting but Yu Hsueh-chung is believed to be still in Tientsin.
The situation has been partially ameliorated through the Chinese action as set forth in the Legation’s 236, June 2, 2 p.m. but there still remain differences which may lead to further confusion.

Repeated to Nanking and Tokyo.

For the Minister: