179 Commonwealth Government to Lord Cranborne, 179 U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs
Cablegram 789  CANBERRA, 11 December 1941
In our 714 of November 4th  in discussing the notification that
we should resist Japanese attack on Russia we also suggested
endeavour to obtain reciprocal guarantee from Russia that if Japan
attacked southward Russia would declare war on Japan.
Subsequently on December 2nd (our telegram 768 ) we repeated
suggestion of seeking such guarantee from Russia.
Only answer we have received to our suggestion is Sir Earle Page's
 statement (December 4th) that, after discussion, your War
(1) United States would need to be consulted.
(2) Eden  felt sure that Russia was not yet prepared to give
such reciprocal aid.
We think time has now arrived to make earnest attempt to obtain
Russia's intervention. Our Legation, Chungking, states (December
9th)  that Chinese Government proposes anti-aggression bloc and
military alliance between U.S.A., Great Britain, China, British
Dominions and Netherlands. This idea may be capable of at least
Our Ministers, Washington, Chungking, are receiving copy of this
message and we earnestly request its prompt consideration by War
Cabinet and United States Government.
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