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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
"II. In this connection, the Foreign Minister explained with great seriousness and emphasis that Japanese Government must now insist upon a quick reply of the Chinese Government. It has confidential and reliable information that the Chinese Government has informed third governments (England and America) of the peace conditions and has asked for their advice• Conversation in this connection has taken place between Roosevelt and the Chinese Ambassador WANG. Japan could not tolerate that an international discussion developes about the conditions and that China la influenced from the most diverse sides. The indiscretions of the Press are also partly based upon this. The attitude of China is the more open to attack, as Chiang Kai-shek himself demanded unconditional secrecy of the negotiations. Therefore quick reply is also necessary because new military operations are planned. DIRKSEN (5) As early as 11 January 1938, a Privy Council meeting was held a twhich it was indicated that upon failure of China to accept Japanese conditions a declaration of war would be made, the Provisional Government of Peiping would be substituted for the Nanking Government, and military operations would continue. On 16 January 1938, the Japanese Government informed the German Ambassador in Tokyo that the fundamental conditions had not been accepted by China and that it had been decided to give up negotiations and to resort to the “solution of affairs from an entirely new standpoint.” Germany expressed conviction that Japan