The Secretary of State to the Consul General at Shanghai (Gauss)
44. Your 87, February 1, 4 p.m., Chinese Maritime Customs. You may inform the Inspector General of Customs in reply to his confidential letter of January 29 that the American Government would not wish to urge upon the Chinese Government or the Japanese Government any particular plan toward attaining the objectives in which we are interested. If and as losses are occasioned to American interests in China by the military and other activities of the Chinese or Japanese Government this Government must look for indemnification to the Government responsible for such losses.
Repeated to Chungking and Peiping.
Please repeat to Tokyo.