893.24/808: Telegram

The Ambassador in China (Johnson) to the Secretary of State

356. Department’s 124, July 20, 4 p.m. I do not feel that Generalissimo expects any replies to statements made to me and reported in my 338, July 12, 9 a.m. The Secretary’s statements in regard to closing of Indochina and Burma frontiers96 reported in radio bulletins numbers 168 and 169 received wide publicity here and were favorably commented upon. They indicate as nothing else we might say just where we stand. I therefore respectfully suggest that unless Department feels that it is very important it make to the Generalissimo the statements set down in the Department’s instruction under reference, the matter of the Department’s suggestions to me be permitted to stand uncommented upon.

  1. See press release of July 16, Foreign Relations, Japan, 1931–1941, vol. ii, p. 101, and Department’s telegram No. 275, July 17, 7 p.m., p. 52.