Memorandum of Conversation, by the Chief of the Division of Far Eastern Affairs (Hamilton)

The Chinese Ambassador telephoned me this noon and read to me over the telephone a telegram of August 6 which he had received from the Chinese Ambassador to France, as follows: [Page 67]

Cabinet here decided to resist if Japanese attempt landing in French Indochina but in view disparity of opposing forces continuation of resistance depends upon American attitude and action. The French have already put questions to the U.S.A. It is important that the U.S.A. reply should not be negative or too empty.

I thanked the Ambassador for communicating this information to us.

M[axwell] M. H[amilton]