by Gareth Jones
on June 7th 1935
Policy is one of great firmness against the Japanese. We are
emphatic on that. We will not yield to the Japanese.
trouble of 1931 we asked the Japanese to live in the concession in
Shameen. Since then they have asked that they should reside in the
city. We have refused.
Japanese authorities have asked me to mitigate the effects of the
boycott. I have replied: “That is a matter for the masses over
which I have no control. If they choose not to buy Japanese goods
then I cannot force them to do so.”
a cement monopoly here, but the Japanese sent a large quantity of cement
to Seratow. Because this is against the monopoly we confiscated
Doihara’s visit was fruitless. As soon as I met him I asked him
how could he expect friendship when Manchuria is still in foreign hands.
One reason we are
against Chiang Kai-shek is that his foreign policy is weak. We
regard Japan’s advance as a result of Chiang Kai-shek’s weakness.
He should have made defence in North China instead of retreating mildly.
The Japanese have taken advantage of his weakness.