793.94/10080: Telegram

The Consul at Geneva (Bucknell) to the Secretary of State

298. Consulate’s 296, September 14, 10 p.m.24 The speech which Koo delivered before the Assembly this morning was a calm and measured statement covering in broad lines the most important aspects of the conflict with Japan. After an historical statement of recent events along the lines of the recent notes communicated to the League by China he spoke on the following points:

Refutation of over population and raw materials pleas as a basis of Japanese imperialistic policy;
Ultimate objectives of Japan to dominate Asia;
Danger to foreign economic interests and territorial possessions;
The indivisibility of peace and the danger of allowing such an aggressive policy to continue.

In connection with (4) above he quoted the third sentence of the Secretary’s statement of principles of July 1625 beginning “Any situation”.

As regards the practice of indiscriminate bombing he quoted the British note to Japan occasioned by the air attack on the British Ambassador.

For the procedures which the Chinese propose to follow, see Consulate’s 297, September 15, 3 p.m.

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  2. Vol. i, p. 699.