793.94/16694: Telegram

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

350. Your 842, June 19, 1 p.m.41 If suitable occasion arises the Department desires that the Minister for Foreign Affairs be informed that the American naval vessel at Chungking is there in the service of the United States, that it has full right and ample reason for being there, that it is of special service to the American Embassy, and that your Government has no intention of removing it. Incidentally, it is in a place declared by responsible Japanese authorities immune from bombings. The Department must, therefore, reiterate the expectation set forth in its telegram 271 of July 16, 1940, 6 p.m.,42 that the Japanese Government will issue sufficiently strict and effective instructions [Page 881] to insure that the Embassy office and the vessel may not again be endangered by Japanese aerial operations.43

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

  1. Not printed, but see telegram No. 851, June 19, 9 p.m., Foreign Relations, Japan, 1931–1941, vol. i, p. 717.
  2. Foreign Relations, 1940, vol. iv, p. 890.
  3. For Ambassador Grew’s oral statement on July 8 to Mr. Matsuoka, see Foreign Relations, Japan, 1931–1941, vol. i, p. 718.