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107 Mr A. T. Stirling, External Affairs Officer in London, to Department of External Affairs

Cablegram 138 LONDON, 18 November 1937, 6.41 p.m.

An indication has been received from the Japanese Ambassador in
London [1] to the effect that his Government is disposed to accept
an offer of good offices by the United States and the United
Kingdom. The United Kingdom Government is prepared at this stage
to consider making such an offer on the following conditions:-

(a) that the United States would join in the offer;

(b) that there was a reasonable chance of the Japanese Government
ultimately accepting;

(c) that the Chinese Government would accept.

It is felt at present that it would probably be best for the
acceptance of the various parties to be secured before the
Brussels Conference meets again on November 22nd. It is
tentatively thought that the Conference (whose chances of success
are now almost negligible) might then take note of the fact of
acceptance and suspend action. His Britannic Majesty's Ambassador
at Washington' has been requested by telegram to obtain the view
of the United States Government.

STIRLING

1 Shigeru Yoshida.

2 Sir Ronald Lindsay.

[AA : A981, CHINA 116]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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