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77 Mr J. A. Lyons, Prime Minister, to Mr S. M. Bruce, High Commissioner in London

Cablegram unnumbered 7 October 1937,

Consul General China [1] interviewed me this morning and while
expressing appreciation of attitude which Australia had taken up
during dispute intimated that his Government would be grateful of
the friendly co-operation of Australia in an effort to end the
dispute. He asked that this be transmitted to you.

Consul General, Japan [2], has also communicated with Commonwealth
Government over press reports relating to proposals by certain
bodies for boycott of Japanese goods and asks that Government take
steps to prevent such action which would jeopardise friendly
relations. [3]

I have replied to him [4] and also made public statements to
effect that Australia is associated with present League efforts
and that any measures for settlement should be outcome of
collective agreement and action and not matter for unilateral
action. As consequence expressed disagreement with any action such
as economic boycott against one of parties which would prejudge

Incidentally wiser counsels are prevailing in regard to
suggestions for boycott and agitation quietening due to
conflicting viewpoints in bodies in which they have emanated.

1 Dr Chun Jien Pao.

2 Torao Wakamatsu.

3 Document 73.

4 Document 74.

[AA : A981, CHINA 114, X]
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