The Secretary of State to the Consul General at Shanghai (Gauss)
Washington, November 26, 1937—6 p.m.
579. Your 1012, November 24, 2 p.m.
- With reference to paragraph 1 of the Department’s 570, November 22, 8 p.m., the Embassy at London telegraphs under date November 25, that according to the reports received by the British Foreign Office the local authorities at Shanghai seem to be taking all practicable steps and that the British Foreign Office does not contemplate sending at least for the present any specific instructions from London.
- Your telegrams received by the Department subsequent to the dispatch of its 570, November 22, 8 p.m., indicate that you and the other representatives at Shanghai of interested governments and the local authorities are discussing these matters there with the Japanese authorities. We hope that such discussions will result in reasonably satisfactory local adjustments and we desire that you continue your efforts to that end.
- Inasmuch as press dispatches from Shanghai in regard to reported Japanese actions directed toward assuming “control of the Settlement,” interfering with the functions of the International Settlement authorities and abridging American and other foreign rights are being featured in the newspapers here, we find your telegrams most helpful. Please continue to keep the Department fully informed, especially in regard to any action by the Japanese in impairment of American rights and interests.
- Please repeat to Tokyo.