893.102 Kulangsu/126: Telegram

The Chargé in China (Peck) to the Secretary of State

330. Reference Amoy’s 16, May 12, 10 a.m. Following is Embassy’s translation of note from Minister of Foreign Affairs1 dated May 13, received today:

“Urgent. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has received a report to the effect that Japanese Marine officers recently occupied Kulangsu by force on May 11 and conducted a door-to-door search.

It is further observed that the forcible occupation of Kulangsu by Japanese troops is all designated as a test and that its repercussion on the future of the Concessions in Shanghai and Tientsin may be great. The Chinese Government is very much concerned.

The Ministry in inditing this note requests that the American Embassy ask the American Government to give its most serious attention to the matter.”

Repeated to Peiping, Shanghai.

  1. Wang Chung-hui.