Foreign News: The Unmovable Malik

While the Philippines hoped to reach a settlement with the elusive Japanese (see above), Japan, in turn, was being teased along by Russia's Jacob Malik. In London, Ambassador Malik (who speaks Japanese) presented Chief Japanese Negotiator Shunichi Matsumoto with a peace treaty draft which hardly differed from the terms Japan rejected four years ago.

Russia wanted to be paid well for its 24 days' action against Japan in World War II. Japan must make no military alliances, e.g., with the U.S., directed against any of her former enemies, e.g., the U.S.S.R. Neither party would permit alien navies in the Sea of Japan....

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