The Ambassador in China (Johnson) to the Secretary of State
[Received January 16—11:10 a.m.]
2. Various Japanese observers express the opinion that Yin Ju Keng’s area34 will not be merged with the Hopei-Chahar Political Council until the latter reaches a degree of autonomy comparable to that of the former.
3. It is reported in the press that Sugiyama, Vice Chief of Staff at Tokyo, will shortly visit Manchuria and North China. The informant mentioned in the Embassy’s despatch 3235 of January 4, 1935,35 states that Sugiyama is one of the four or five most influential Japanese military officers and that his primary purpose is to study the Government of China situation from the viewpoint of a possible Russian military advance. The informant states that Japanese military officers believe that Russia is preparing to attack Manchukuo through Outer Mongolia, an opinion which the informant does not hold, and that therefore the Japanese military are now more interested in Chahar and Suiyuan than in other parts of North China. He said that Doihara will remain in Tientsin to advise Sung until March when he will be transferred to Japan to command a brigade. He also states that the Japanese are still dissatisfied with Sung.
To Tokyo by mail.