Returning from a talk in Washington with Undersecretary of State Phillips last week, smiling Ambassador Katsuji Debuchi received U. S. reporters and announced:
"Japan regards the Great Wall as a definite boundary between the State of Manchukuo and China proper. . . . The Japanese troops now south of the Great Wall will return to Manchukuo shortly. The Japanese Army has no intention of advancing into the Peiping-Tientsin area."
Here were soft words for U. S. consumption. Reporters in China were faced by a much harder array of facts:
After a bloody battle, Japanese...