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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
terms proposed by the Japanese Government early in November were still to stand. In view of the good offices performed by Germany and the desire ... (1 group garbled) restoration of peace on the part of Japan we repute ... (1 group garbled) to inform Japanese Govern¬ment that China was prepared to take the points proposed by Japan as the basis of discussion. 11 'On December 26th and December 27th Your Excellency communicated to us certain "basic conditions" from Japan saying that the German Ambassador at Tokyo had been informed by the Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs that those new conditions were proposed by Japan because of the changing of circumstances. After due consideration we have found ... (1 group garbled) altered terms are rather ... (1 group garbled) broad in . . . Q. group garbled)* The Chinese Government desires therefore to be apprized of the nature and content of the newly submitted conditions in order to make a careful examination and reach a definite decision ... (1 group garbled).' "The Minister told me that the text was already complete yesterday evening, but that he still had to have the approval of a colleague. I asked him whether he did not fear that the Japanese would consider this communica¬tion as evasive. Besides, it seemed to me that in the communication there is no expression of a wish for an agreement. The Minister replied that the government could come to no decision and express no opinion until it knows the details of the Japanese demands.