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Reasons for opinion that a tripartite pact, mentioned in No.

34 of January 6, would not be feasible.

Report of demands of student representatives regarding the

Sino-Japanese situation, and Chiang's statement in reply.

Other developments in the Hopei-Chahar political situation.

From the Counselor of Embassy in China (tel.)
Publication of the provisional general principles governing

the organization of the Hopei-Chahar Political Affairs Com-


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CHAPTER I: JANUARY 1-APRIL 15, 1936-Continued

From the Ambassador in Japan

Observations relative to the withdrawal of the Japanese
delegation from the London Naval Disarmament Conference.
From the Counselor of Embassy in China (tel.)

Information that Isogai, Japanese Military Attaché, seem-
ingly favors the Chinese Government's desire to have Sino-
Japanese negotiations returned to regular diplomatic channels.
From the Ambassador in China (tel.)

Opinion that recent occurrences in Inner Mongolia will
completely alienate the Mongols from the Chinese.

From the Ambassador in Japan (tel.)

British Ambassador's report of conversation with Foreign
Minister Hirota, who expressed the hope that China would
ultimately recognize "Manchoukuo."

From the Ambassador in China (tel.)

Report regarding postal and customs revenues; observations
concerning activities of forces along the border of the demili-
tarized zone.

Report by the Military Attaché in Germany

Official denial by Major von Pappenheim, of the War

Ministry, of truth of a London Morning Post report of a

German-Japanese military alliance.

From the Chargé in the Soviet Union (tel.)

Conversation with a Kremlin emissary who expressed

concern regarding Soviet-Japanese dissensions in the Far

East and recently published reports of a German-Japanese

alliance directed against activities of the Comintern.

From the Consul General at Harbin to the Ambassador in China

Observations in support of opinion that the higher author-

ities of the Kwantung Army wish to avoid serious complica-

tions with Outer Mongolia and Soviet Russia at the present


From the Ambassador in Japan (tel.)

Publication of two articles, evidently trial balloons put out

by the Foreign Office, reporting comprehensive political

negotiations involving the United States, United Kingdom,

and Japan.

To the Ambassador in Japan (tel.)

Explanation to press correspondents that there have been
numerous conferences regarding questions of trade but no
conferences on political matters in the Far East.

To the Ambassador in Japan (tel.)

Uneasy feeling in some Soviet circles that a spring or summer

outbreak of conflict between Japan and Soviet Union is


From the Ambassador in China (tel.)

Advice of various conversations between Japanese and

Chinese leaders regarding the future course of the Japanese

military in North China.

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