THE CRISIS: Showdown on the Far East

Telegrams poured into Secretary Hull's office: "Don't sell China down the river."

They hit the Secretary with the double force of an unintended insult. He had just told the Japanese once again, firmly, that the U.S. would not condone further aggression by them.

Cordell Hull had spent about eight hours in deadlock negotiations with Japanese Envoys Kurusu and Nomura, had held at least twelve conferences with the representatives of Britain, Australia, China, The Netherlands—the ABCD powers—when midway in last week's talks he gave the Japanese a written statement of the U.S. principles that...

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