693.002/1116: Telegram

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

561. Chungking’s 366, August 27, noon, and Department’s 592, August 27 [28], 4 p.m., to Shanghai in regard to the Chinese Maritime Customs. The Department approves the views set forth in Chungking’s telegram under reference, and desires that you supplement your previous representations in regard to the withholding of funds of the Inspectorate General, adding that you are aware of Japanese pressure for the appointment of a Japanese Commissioner of Customs at Shanghai as one of the conditions for the release of such funds. You may state that this Government regards such pressure as in violation of the integrity of the customs which the Japanese Government has undertaken to respect.

Sent to Tokyo via Shanghai. Repeated to Chungking and Peiping.