393.415/24: Telegram

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

1. My British colleague36 has been instructed by his Government to make representations against the unwarrantable interference by the Japanese with the legitimate requirements of the British garrison at Tientsin and with the conduct of business by the British community in the Concession. He states that he is discussing the matter with our French colleague and that his Government suggests that if any action is finally decided upon he should inform our German and Italian colleagues in case they are thinking of taking action along similar lines.

He inquires whether I am proposing to approach the Japanese Government on the subject. I have informed him that I am without instructions but that I would refer the matter to the Department for its [consideration].

  1. Sir Robert L. Craigie, British Ambassador in Japan.