56 Mr M. MacDonald, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, to Mr J. A. Lyons, Prime Minister
Circular Dispatch B79 LONDON, 23 July 1937
Received n.d. [on or before 12 August 1937]
I have the honour to transmit the accompanying copy of a despatch to His Majesty's Representative at Tokyo  reporting upon a discussion with the Counsellor of the United States Embassy in London , at the Foreign Office on the 16th June, on the subject of the proposals for a Pacific Pact.
2. In this connection the Chinese Ambassador in London , who called on Sir Alexander Cadogan  at the Foreign Office on the 10th June, was informed that, as regards the next steps to be taken, His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom hoped to ascertain the views of the other governments principally concerned. Sir Alexander Cadogan took the opportunity of asking whether His Excellency knew what were the views of his government on the subject, but he was unable to give any definite reply. He promised, however, to telegraph to Nanking to ask his government whether they could give any detailed expression of their views.
His Excellency volunteered the opinion that a pact merely relating to insular possessions would be of no interest to China, but he added that he thought his government would certainly desire that the pact should include some provision for consultation. Sir Alexander Cadogan observed that if the pact were to extend to the mainland, His Excellency would realise that the question of Manchukuo would present various problems. Sir Alexander did not himself see the solution of these, but it might be that the Chinese Government would have some suggestions to make. The Ambassador promised to enquire and to communicate the reply to Sir Alexander in due course.