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

141. My 140, June 6, 10 a.m.

According to Suma of Japanese Embassy, Japan “has no territorial ambitions at present” in North China, the principal object of Japanese wrath there has been Yu Hsueh-chung “and his people”, Yu must “either get out or we will drive him out”, and there must be a “clean sweep” of officials in the North. Suma states that his visits to the Foreign Office which have been commented on in the press were not to present demands but to give the Foreign Office “information” concerning the North China situation and Japanese grievances in connection therewith.
With the appointment of Yu to be garrison commander of the Kansu, Szechwan and Shensi borders as a sequel to the other changes effected, and with the consequent impending transfer of his troops which comprise the remaining units in Hopei of the Northeastern armies, it seems that the Japanese military have accomplished their immediate purposes in North China and that the crisis in that region has therefore now passed.
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