30 Mr J. D. L. Hood, External Affairs Office, London, to Lt Col W. R. Hodgson, Secretary of Department of External Affairs
In continuation of S.3865 , during a farewell conversation on
19th May between Sir R. Clive , the Minister for Foreign
Affairs  and the Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs , the
Japanese Ministers referred to Mr Lyons's suggestion of a non-
aggression pact. Sir R. Clive reported his conversation with Count
Makino  and complete agreement was expressed on the following
(1) An understanding in the Pacific, especially between Great
Britain, the United States of America and Japan, should be the
objective to be worked for.
(2) A conference at present would be premature. Much detailed
preparation would be necessary before any such understanding could
be usefully discussed.
(3) An improvement in Japan's relations with China was the first
essential. This, the Ambassador said, would be welcomed in England
and, he believed, in the United States of America. The way would
then be clearer for a general understanding regarding the Pacific.
J. D. L. HOOD
[AA : A981, PACIFIC 23]