893.102 Kulangsu/133: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Counselor of Embassy in China ( Lockhart ), at Peiping

98. Please repeat to Tokyo if you have not already done so Amoy’s 16, May 12, 10 a.m., and 17, undated, and request as from the Department that the Ambassador, after consultation with his similarly interested colleagues, approach the Foreign Office in such manner as he may deem appropriate and state that this Government’s concern over the developments at Amoy and its interest in the International Settlement there prompt him to make inquiry in regard to the intentions of the Japanese Government with respect to the landing of Japanese troops in the Settlement.

Amoy should continue to keep the Department currently informed of developments in the situation as they occur, especially indications regarding the likelihood of an early removal of Japanese troops from the Settlement, Japanese interference with the functioning of the Municipal Council and other factors affecting the security of American lives and property and American legal rights. The Consul should report also whether the proposed joint protest by the Consular Corps regarding the violation of the neutrality of the Settlement referred to in Amoy’s no. 17 has been made.

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Please see that Tokyo is kept promptly informed of significant developments at Amoy.

Repeated to Chungking and Amoy.

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