The Consul General at Shanghai (Cunningham) to the Secretary of State
[Received June 14—8:05 a.m.]
312. 1. This morning’s North China Daily News, Shanghai, carries United Press report Peiping date line June 13th as follows:
“‘China is now friendless’, Major Takahashi, the Japanese Military Attaché, told the United Press in an interview today. ‘Friendship with the U. S. S. R. brought communist troubles to China’, he continued, ‘and the United States is not a friend, but an enemy, as is shown by the United States silver-buying policy, which is most harmful to the interest of this country. American economic aggression in China is more serious than Japanese military policy’.”
2. This is the second instance which has come to the notice of this office wherein the United States economic policy has been publicly denounced [Page 243] as more harmful to China than Japanese military aggression. Please see my telegram 214, May 3, 4 p.m.79
Repeated to Legation.