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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. General
(1937)

Attitude of the United States regarding certain questions raised by the British government with respect to the Philippine Commonwealth,   pp. 978-979 PDF (656.8 KB)


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ATTITUDE OF THE UNITED STATES REGARDING CER-
  TAIN QUESTIONS RAISED BY THE BRITISH GOVERN-
  MENT WITH RESPECT TO THE PHILIPPINE COMMON-
  WEALTH
811B.01/317: Telegram
  The Charge in the United Kingdom (Atherton) to the Secretary
                            of State
                               LONDON, February 19, 1937-9 p.m.
                               [Received February 19-4:20 p.m.]
  83. Through a confidential agent Quezon' has informed the British
Government he desires to attend the coronation' in a "semi-private"
capacity. Quezon further conveys that he desires at that time to
talk with the British Government as to the future of the Philippine
Islands and to ask what their general attitude will be, especially since
so far he has been unable to obtain from the United States Govern-
ment information as to its attitude toward the future of the Philip-
pines with especial reference to United States protection of these
islands vis-a-vis Japan. Quezon specifically therefore wants to know
what England is prepared to do and continues that "if neither the
United States nor Great Britain are prepared to do anything, much
as Quezon may dislike it, he would have to attempt to come to terms
with Japan".
  Foreign Office state they are "rather embarrassed but do not want
to push Quezon into Japanese hands by snubbing him". Foreign
Office understands Quezon is to visit the United States before the
coronation and may not come to London at all but if he does come care
will be taken not to snub him and what he has to say will be received
attentively and he will only be given the vaguest of answers.
  Foreign Office points out in this connection it would be very useful
to the British Government and that indeed if the United States plans
to "turn out of the Philippines bag and baggage" it opens a great
problem for the British which they must begin to face now, especially
since they understand Japan is already laying plans and the infiltra-
tion of Japanese subjects into the islands is increasingly heavy. The
Foreign Office concluded by saying that they were most anxious there
Manuel L. Quezon, President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines.
'The coronation of George VI, May 12, 1937.
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