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Bombings of civilians by the Japanese and other acts endangering the life and welfare of American citizens in China,   pp. [485]-726 PDF (90.6 MB)

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was apparent from experience that accruement of positive results could
not be expected. It may be significant in this connection that recently
the Foreign Minister requested me to send him an extra set of the lists
of complaints to which reference was made in Embassy's telegram
number 878, September 22, 2 p. mn.
   3. I suggest that the Department may wish to consider a further
 delay in releasing the proposed publicity regarding bombings in view
 of Mr. Matsuoka's expressed intention and obvious desire to obviate
 points of friction with the United States, which, in my opinion, repre-
 sents a belated recognition of the unfortunate position vis-a-vis the
 United States into which Japan, through the conclusion of the tri-
 partite alliance 84 and other recent developments, has placed herself.
 This telegram has been sent to the Department via Shanghai.
 Shanghai will please send copies to Peiping and Chungking.
494.11 China National Aviation Corporation/17
The American Ambassador in Japan (Grew) to the Japanese Minis3ter
                  for Foreign Affairs (Matsuoka)
No. 1684                                TOKYO, November 14, 1940.
  ExcELuTiNcy: With further reference to my note no. 1678 dated
November 8, 1940, regarding the attack by Japanese aviation on a China
National Aviation Corporation plane at Chan-yi, Yunnan Province,
which resulted in the death of the American pilot, Mr. W. C. Kent, I
have the honor to transmit below the following information regarding
the incident which has just been reported to the Embassy by the
American Consul General at Hongkong:
  The plane in question caught fire after about ten minutes after the
attack by the Japanese planes and the latter made several additional
attacks upon it while it was burning. The passenger who was killed on
the ground was killed about one hundred yards from the plane.
  I avail myself [etc.]                           JosEP  C. GREw
Press Releise Issued by the Department of State on November 03,
                              1940 35
  The American Consul at Hanoi, Charles S. Reed, 2d, has reported
that Vice Consul Robert W. Rinden, acting under Mr. Reed's instruc-
tions, on November 21 drove, in company with a correspondent of the
$ For summary of the pact signed at Berlin September 27, 1940, see vol. a,
p. 165.
P Reprinted from Department of State, Bulletin, November 23, 1940 (vol. n,
No. 74), p. 453.

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