893.102 Kulangsu/127: Telegram

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

128. Your 226, May 15, 6 p.m., via Shanghai, crossed the Department’s 98, May 15, 6 p.m., via Peiping. The Department desires that, unless you have already done so, you make parallel representations with your British or other interested colleagues to the Japanese Government. In emphasizing this Government’s concern over the interference by the Japanese armed forces in the international administration of Kulangsu you should call attention to the Land Regulations for the settlement of Kulangsu which constitutes the charter for that international administration and to which the Japanese Government is a party. Paragraph 16 of those Regulations provides “Hereafter should any correction be requisite in these Regulations or should it be necessary to determine on further rules, or should doubts arise as to the construction of, or powers conferred thereby, the same must be consulted on and settled by the Foreign Consuls and local Chinese Authorities subject to confirmation by the Foreign Representatives and Supreme Chinese Government at Peking.” You should point out that accordingly any modifications involving any changes in the [Page 112] Land Regulations which the Japanese Government may seek to have brought about in the international administration of Kulangsu should be taken up in accordance with the procedure provided in those Regulations.

Repeated to Chungking, Shanghai, Amoy.