793.94/8712: Telegram

The Ambassador in China (Johnson) to the Secretary of State

225. Embassy’s 224, July 12, 4 p.m.

A Chinese official with good sources of information states that the Japanese demands are the same as outlined in the Embassy’s 223, July 12, 3 p.m.; that as far as he is aware there are no others; that they have not been accepted; that the Chinese have demanded from the Japanese an apology, punishment, indemnity for destroyed property, and promise of non-recurrence; that these demands are, of course, unacceptable to the Japanese. The Embassy has been unable to obtain confirmation that an agreement had been made by the Chinese with the Japanese. Presumably negotiations are still in progress.
There are reports of uneasiness in Tungchow and the above official, who has good connections with that régime, claims that Yin Ju Keng and a few of his subordinates have fled to Shanhaikwan.
Koreans in Peiping are frightened and are taking refuge in the places mentioned in the Japanese notice of measures to take in case of danger. (Reference paragraph 5 of Embassy’s 222, July 12, 2 p.m.68)
The above-mentioned official adds that the Kwantung Army has become so angered by the failure of Sung Che Yuan to comply with Japanese desires since he assumed power as the result of Japanese influence that it intends to fight. He believes there is some hope of Kazuki checking the more rabid military.
Another Chinese official has just informed the Embassy that a truce has been reached to permit Sung Che Yuan to reply to the Japanese demands.

Repeated to Nanking, Shanghai and Tokyo.

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