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Parent Collaboration Between Japan, Germany and Italy - Volume II
Date 25 November 1941
Language English
Collection Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records
Box Box 15
Folder Japan, Germany, Italy Collaboration Vol 2
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
any positive measure which might aggravate relations with the Soviet Union. As to the demarcation of the boundary line, the settlement of boundary disputes, and other matters of negotiation between Japan and the Soviet Union, the Government will constantly give its most devoted attention in order to adjust as may be best the two countries' diplomatic relations. Moreover, the Government will always do its utmost to maintain and promote -36H- amicable relations between Japan and Britain and the United States, especially the cordial relations between Japan and Britain. (3) It is a matter of deep concern as to what influence the conclusion of this Pact will have on the present Sino-Japanese negotiations. The fact that the conclusion of the Pact will further strengthen Japan's position ought to prove quite effective in making China decide her attitude. We are not without expectations, therefore, of being able to use this situation for promoting developments in the Sino-Japanese negotiations favorable to our¬selves. The Government is resolved to leave nothing undone in its measures for coping with the situation. (4) In view of the fact that the conclusion of the Pact is due to the recent political change in Germany and the establishment of the Nazi Regime, the actual effect of the Pact will, of course, depend in no small measure upon the subsequent vicissitudes of the Nazi Regime. However, since the present regime, which came into power only after Germany had experienced all the innumerable tribulations subsequent to the European War and after successive governments had won the dissatisfaction of the whole nation, is steadily achieving success in both internal administration and diplomacy, and has won a firm hold on the confidence of a large number of the people, thanks tq its "pique principle* without resorting to revolutionary behaviour, there is no likelihood of its collapsing easily at least in