793.94/8702: Telegram

The Counselor of Embassy in China (Peck) to the Secretary of State

259. Our 258, July 10, 10 a.m.

Hidaka last night told an American news correspondent that the Central News Agency account of his yesterday afternoon’s interview with Chen Chieh was not strictly accurate. He said that, (1) the Foreign Office had not actually lodged a protest with the Embassy July 8 but merely requested that steps be taken to cause cessation of hostilities; (2) yesterday he himself made no protest and told Chen that he did not wish to and would not do so unless the Chinese protested; (3) if the War Office protests were not filed the incident could be localized and not become an issue between the two Governments; and, (4) it was the desire of the Japanese Government that it be settled amicably by officials in the North as a local matter.
To the Department, Peiping, Tokyo. By mail to Shanghai.