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151 Sir Frederic Eggleston, Minister to China, to Department of External Affairs

Cablegram 20 CHUNGKING, 1 December 1941, 9.30 p.m.


Saw Minister for Foreign Affairs [1] and told him that according
to information from Australia China had intervened to prevent so-
called modus vivendi thus creating the impression in Australia
that China wished the negotiations to fail. This might alienate
American sympathies. Urged the continuance of the negotiations on
the basis of China receiving a guarantee against the situation
being altered to her detriment. The Minister for Foreign Affairs
said China wished negotiations to continue but the proposed
settlement, while preventing a north or south movement by Japan,
would not prevent intensified attacks on China. It proposed
relaxation of the blockade which, he considers, would be fatal.

Considered that the Japanese did not intend a fresh commitment and
that America must remain firm and stick to the previously
enunciated principles.

1 Dr Quo Tai-chi.

[AA : A981, JAPAN 178]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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