893.102 Tientsin/250: Telegram

The Chargé in Japan (Dooman) to the Secretary of State

273. Our 271, June 13, 7 p.m.

The British Ambassador today called on the Minister for Foreign Affairs69 and protested against the statement issued yesterday by the Japanese military at Tientsin (the substance of which has I assume been telegraphed to the Department by Tientsin). The Foreign Minister insisted that the action of the Japanese military in isolating the British Concession is a “defensive measure made necessary by the failure of the Concession authorities to control Chinese terrorists”. He confirmed the statement made to me yesterday by the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs that the Japanese Government [Page 181] would not intervene at Tientsin and that liquidation of the situation would have to be sought through discussion between the British and Japanese authorities on the spot He added that such liquidation now could not be effected by merely delivering the four alleged Chinese terrorists but that there would also have to be “reconsideration by the British of their attitude of assisting Chiang Kai Shek”.
Craigie feels that his protest today has served a useful purpose as he is certain that it impressed the Foreign Minister with possible serious consequences of the course which the Japanese are following.

Repeated to Peiping for Shanghai, Tientsin and Chungking.

  1. Hachiro Arita.