793.94/9845: Telegram

The Ambassador in Italy (Phillips) to the Secretary of State

397. Berlin Embassy’s telegram to the Department No. 206, August 28, 11 a.m. During my conversation with Count Ciano88 yesterday I expressed the thought that there might be less enthusiasm in German quarters towards Japan as a result of the recent Japanese attacks on Shanghai, et cetera, et cetera. Count Ciano replied that he was confident that there was no change in German cordiality towards Japan and he added that as a matter of fact there was a far closer understanding between the two Governments than appeared on the surface. Of this he said he was certain, although he did not give me any further enlightenment.

By mail to Berlin.

  1. Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs.