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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1934. The Far East

The Far Eastern crisis,   pp. 1-348 PDF (131.6 MB)

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              CHAPTER I: JANUARY 1-APRIL 16, 1934
   Movement for extension of Japanese influence beyond "Manchoukuo;"
   Foreign Minister Hirota's statement of January 23; replacement of
   General Araki by General Hayashi as Japanese War Minister; unchanged
   nonrecognition policy of United States toward "Manchoukuo;"
   tion of Pu-yi as "Emperor Kang-teh of Manchoutikuo," March 1;
   Hull exchange of views; Minister Johnson's report on Japanese pressure
   for "compromise" with China, April 11; Ambassador Bullitt's
review of
   Soviet position vis-a'-vis Japan, April 16
  The Ambassador in Germany (Dodd) to the Secretary of State
No. 401                                  BERLIN, January 6, 1934.
                                           [Received January 20.]
  SIR: I have the honor to inform the Department that the Dutch
Minister here called on me this morning and reported a conversation
which he had held a few days ago with his chief, Secretary Colyn.
  Amongst other things, the Minister said that the Dutch authorities
had become very anxious about the development of what is called an
Asiatic League of Nations. Colyn reported to him that the Japanese
Government had appointed two generals (Hoshmoto and Yomoka)
to travel about China to organize in Manchukuo, Mongolia, the
Shanghai district, Indo-China and Siam groups whose purpose it
is to bring about a close co-ordination with Japan, and ultimately
give Japan control of the Far East. This activity, the Minister says,
has been rather intense since the American recognition of Russia.
  The Minister then said that information directly from Japan
showed that that country has changed her policy of immediate chal-
lenge to Russia to one of delay, the idea being that it would require
three or four years to establish controls in the regions named.
  He also described a changing Japanese tariff policy destined to
ease the relations of Japan with all the countries concerned; but
he insisted that unanimous opinion at The Hague is that the Japan-
'Continued from Foreign Relations, 1933, vol. m, pp. 1 ff.; for additional
respondence, see ibid., Japan, 1931-1941, vol. i, pp. 127-146, 223-239, 253-276.

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