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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
"Fully appreciating the importance of our military advisors for our relations with China, on which I always based my reserved judgment of this question in the first phase of the war, I now advocate for the above-mentioned reasons in agreement with the Military Attache, General OTT, the immediate, complete recall of all German military advisors still active in China* "4* Supplies of War Materials. "Only short explanations have to be made in favor of the complete suspension of war material supplies to China. From the reports from the Embassy it is known how critically this very question has influenced German-Japanese relations. The mollifying effect of the prohibition issued by the German Government has vanished as a result of the continua-tion of the supplies. The pause in Japanese pressure for complete suspension is nearing its end; the attitude of the military authorities leaves no doubt as to that. Possible allusions as to the technical impossibility of bringing about the suspension of war material supplies by German government measures, would not be understood here - the confidence in the power of authoritarian Germany vis-a-vis private capitalistic trader-tendencies is too great for that. In the same way reasons of political expedience and the necessity of also executing declarations once issued, alike decree the suspension of war-material-supplies to China; should there be fundamental differences of opinion about this idea, clarification should be sought by discussions with Japan.