851G.014/13: Telegram

The Ambassador in Japan ( Grew ) to the Secretary of State

179. Our 167, April 6, 4 p.m.,27 Spratley Islands. The British Chargé d’Affaires has just made available to me a copy of a note which he addressed on April 10 to the Minister for Foreign Affairs relating to the Japanese action concerning the Spratley Islands. The last paragraph is as follows:

“I am instructed to inform Your Excellency that His Majesty’s Government are unable to admit that the claim of the Japanese Government has any legal foundation and that they deplore the procedure adopted by them in this matter as it can only complicate still further the situation in the Far East.”

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