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The Consul at Tsingtao (Sokobin) to the Secretary of State

Japanese Ambassador Kawagoe arrived in Tsingtao yesterday. Local Japanese newspaper states that Ambassador stated that “With reference to North China clash it is highly desirable that this unfortunate affair should be settled on the spot in an amicable manner as soon as convenient; it is unfortunate that such a clash should occur in North China, a region where attempts are being made to attain Sino-Japanese cooperation”.

As to a readjustment of Sino-Japanese political relations the Ambassador is quoted as having stated “No atmosphere for a thoroughgoing readjustment exists. The creation of an atmosphere in which a genuinely thorough readjustment is capable of achievement is a preliminary to negotiations for readjustment”.