893.516/736: Telegram

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

142. Reference Embassy’s 1320, December 13, 1940;95 1333, December 18, 1940;96 and mail despatch 5217, December 14, 1940.97 New bank of issue in Central China.

The British Embassy informed us this morning that they are prepared to make a statement to the Japanese Government along the lines of that quoted below, in reply to the views of that Government as set forth in the oral statement of the Foreign Minister of December 13, noted in my communications under reference.
“His Majesty’s Government noted the Japanese Government’s intention to support the new bank and currency and His Majesty’s Government will hold the Japanese Government responsible for any injury to British trade interests that may ensue.”
The British Embassy has asked whether I am prepared to make a similar démarche to the Japanese Government. Please instruct.98
  1. Foreign Relations, 1940, Vol. iv, p. 557.
  2. Ibid., p. 559.
  3. Not printed.
  4. In telegram No. 78, February 4, 9 p.m., the Department authorized separate approach “in your discretion”.