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Parent Japanese - German - Italian Collaboration
Language English
Collection Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records
Box Box 14
Folder Japan, Germany, Italy Collaboration and Introduction
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
given a "carte blanche, for Japan" and a pledge of support in the future. 126 On 17 June 194-0, France asked armistice terns of Germany. Two days later on 19 June 1940, the Japanese Foreign Hinistry pointed out to Germany Japan's special interest in the future fate of French Indo-China, stressed the fact that Japan had rendered Germany essential service in the European War by tying down American forces in the Pacific, and suggested a German declaration by which Japan would receive a free hand in Indo-China. The German Ambassador suggested a reply calculated to embarrass the YONAI government and influence its replacement by a cabinet which would be closer to Germany. 127 A categori¬cal answer was not given immediately. On 18 June 1940, a decision was reached at a Four Ministersf Conference that a request be submitted to French Indo-China regarding discontinuance of assistance to Chiang Kai-shek and in event of refusal by the French that force be Employed 128 On the following day strong representations were made by the Japanese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs to the French Ambassador with regard to the prohibition of transporta¬tion through Indo-China of materials in aid of the Chungking Regime, and consent of the French Government to the dispatch of 126.(a) Exhibit 517, TP 6,156 (B) Exhibit 518, TP 6,159 (C) Exhibit 519, YP 6,161 127.Exhibit 520, TP 6,162 128.Exhibit 619, TP 6,824