The Counselor of Embassy in China (Peck) to the Secretary of State
[Received October 31—7 a.m.]
316. The Foreign Office informed the press last night that it had on October 30th lodged three protests with the Japanese Ambassador against (1) the extensive maneuvers of Japanese troops in the Tientsin area which, it was charged, infringed upon China’s sovereign rights and violated international law and practice, (2) the forcible occupation by Japanese citizens of a Chinese house in Taiyuan, Shansi, and incorrect Domei press reports that there was an anti-Japanese demonstration in Taiyuan and that local officials had evicted a Japanese merchant from his premises, (3) malicious speculation in the Japanese press regarding the death of Provincial Chairman Yang53 which speculation was described as an insult to the Chinese people.
Sent to the Department and Peiping.
- Yang Yung-tai, Chairman of the Hupeh Provincial Government.↩