893.1163/1041: Telegram

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

106. Peiping’s no. 529, December 29 [21], 1 p.m. and despatch 2995, December 30, 1940,23 in regard to the withdrawal of American missionaries from Shansi Province because of the persecution of Chinese adherents.

It is assumed that you are keeping this matter in mind with a view to taking an appropriate occasion, in your discretion, of bringing it to the attention of the Japanese Foreign Minister24 as another example of apparently deliberate action on the part of the Japanese military in China to interfere with American citizens and their normal legitimate activities, and that you will in due course report to the Department such conversation as you may have with the Foreign Minister on this subject.

  1. Neither printed.
  2. Yosuke Matsuoka.