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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
in China. We remain of the opinion that the so-called 'creation of a clear strategic situation' does not mean any facilitation for Japan in regard to a future possible conflict with Russia. I^ri^ to consider the consequences of an Increased hatred of the Chinese against Japan for years to come, the more Japan gets & hold in North China. Japan would therefore have to carry on a two-front war in the case in question; this would be the case even if the maximum program of the Japanese military, separation of the Five Provinces, were carried out. "Recently the Japanese have been carrying on radio propaganda in German language directed towards Germany, which continuously is attempting to represent the war against China as a fight against Communism and to force upon us /the necessity of/ taking side at least morally. This propaganda is unwelcome to us. "The Reichminlster informed the Japanese Ambassador before upon his remonstrances that delivery of armaments to China in any amount worth mentioning have not been taking place either now nor earlier. The Japanese cannot reprimand us for the fact that the Chinese bought arms from us in a limited amount. The deal developed on a purely economic basis. We have shown our new arms most willingly to the Japanese and have given the Japanese commissions far-reaching insight. It is not our fault