793.94/8794: Telegram

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

288. Since drafting my 287, July 16, 3 p.m., the British Ambassador has informed me (although as he said without instruction to do so) of his representations made yesterday and their result which have been telegraphed to Washington and Peiping. This information explained the Vice Minister’s remarks (see end paragraph 4) and his further observation that the British Government seemed more active during this crisis than the American Government, thus reversing the circumstances when the Manchurian incident occurred. Although I did not know then that the British Ambassador had already taken the step described in the Department’s July 14, 7 p.m.,20 paragraph 1, I replied that I was not aware that any Government had taken any step in connection with this crisis otherwise than the Secretary’s representations made on July 12.

I informed the British Ambassador of the Department’s July 14, 7 p.m., paragraph 3, and we exchanged information and views and agreed to maintain contact.

Sent to the Department and Peiping.

  1. Telegram No. 105, not printed.