The Ambassador in China (Johnson) to the Secretary of State
[Received January 9—9:40 a.m.]
10. Embassy’s 9, January 9, 4 p.m. Consulate General at Tientsin has been informed by Japanese Consul that with regard to anti-Japanese acts of soldiers of General Sung committed at Taku on January 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th, six demands have been made: (1) apology by Sung, (2) strict supervision of troops and staff of the Public Safety Bureau at Taku, or possibly, (3) immediate dismissal of local Chinese authorities responsible for the acts, (4) indemnity for damages suffered by the Japanese residents, (5) immediate cessation of anti-Japanese acts by troops and police, and (6) assurances for the future.[Page 5]
The Japanese Consul does not expect the incident to develop into serious proportions but does regard it as indicative of the anti-Japanese attitude of Sung’s army. He stated that, contrary to press reports, there has been no increase of Japanese troops at Tangku.