5 December 1941
Peking to Tokyo #770 (To be handled in government code)
Re your Circular #2467*
1. It is recognized that the treatment accorded to the property and staff of the consulates of Britain, America, and Holland in North China should be, as a matter of policy, comparable to that accorded them in occupied territory. We have gone ahead with our preparations on this basis. This is for your information.
2. Is there any objection to our adopting the policy of recognizing a suitable person of a third power (say for instance Belgium, Spain, or Brazil) as custodian of the interests of Britain, America, and Holland in North China.
Relayed to NANJO (GAISIN), Shanghai.
JD-1: 7334 (H) Navy Trans. 12-11-41 (6-AR)
*JD-1: 7246. Re policy of Manchukuo in event Japan enters war. S.I.S. No. 25994.
(EXHIBITS OF JOINT COMMITTEE , EXHIBIT NO. 1 INTERCEPTED DIPLOMATIC MESSAGES SENT BY THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT BETWEEN JULY l AND DECEMBER 8, 1941)