CHINA: Cold Diplomacy

When M. Yoshizawa, new Japanese Minister to China, arrived in Peking, he found neither President nor Premier to whom he might present his credentials. The practical Nipponese committed the unprecedented act of keeping his Letters of Credence in his pocket. He informed the Chinese Foreign Office and the foreign Legations that he had assumed the functions of Minister.

The Japanese Legation had planned to leave the papers deposited at the Cabinet office, but the present plan was arranged by Japanese Foreign Minister Uchida before Yoshizawa left Tokyo.

The practical effect is to give the Japanese a slight diplomatic advantage in negotiations with...

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