793.94/9838: Telegram

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

205. Tokyo’s 334, September 1, 7 p.m. The Department desires that you bring to the attention of your interested colleagues the Japanese Government’s reply to Ambassador Grew’s representations concerning Tsingtao with a view to concerting with your colleagues in urging upon the Chinese Government an early and favorable reply to the collective letter quoted in your 497, August 23, 4 p.m. You should impress upon the Chinese Government the apparent lack of any necessity, in view of the reported Japanese evacuation of the city, for Chinese military activities in the Tsingtao area and the importance of affording adequate protection there to Japanese as well as other foreign lives and property.