The Ambassador in China (Johnson) to the Secretary of State
[Received September 16—9:10 a.m.]
660. 1. Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Hsu Mo orally informed the Embassy September 14, 6 p.m., that the Chinese Government was disappointed that the United States and other nations had taken such an aloof attitude toward Japanese aggression against China and hopes that the United States would cooperate with the League in any action on China’s behalf which the League might decide upon in response to China’s appeal, not only as a nation represented on the Advisory Committee but as an advocate of international justice outside of the League. He said the League itself was pessimistic of the success of any action unless it were supported by the United States.
2. The Vice Minister said that China was defending itself with all its powers and had succeeded better than Japan had anticipated, but unless China received some sort of assistance from the outside China was ultimately doomed. What China especially hoped for, he said, was cooperative action by Great Britain, France and the United States and he thought those countries were willing and even anxious to act jointly with the United States.
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