19 November 1941
Re my #799*
Re paragraph 1 of my #781**.
Southeast Asia and the South Pacific includes the Netherlands East Indies and Thai, but does not include China. Re item 2 of paragraph 3. All the main items shall be considered and settled by the two governments before signatures are affixed to this agreement. Please bear in mind that paragraph 4 means the cessation of all help to Chiang Kai-shek by the United States.
Re paragraph 5. Article 2 (my #801***) is an important concession we venture to make for the sake of speeding the conclusion of the agreement.
Re paragraph 6. We could not agree to the principle of no discrimination in trade being applied only to China, as I have stated in my #784****.
Re paragraph 7, item 2, the explanation of our attitude ( _ _ _ self-defense _ _ _ ) in the event of the United States entering the. European war. _ _ _ in such a case the Empire would _ _ _ as to whether or not there had been an attack _ _ _ the interpretation of the provision of the Tripartite Treaty. You may make it clear that there are no secret agreements in the Three Power Treaty. (However, you will please withhold your explanation of this item until you see prospects of this agreement materializing).
JD-1: 6660 (F) Navy Trans. 11-20-41 (S-TT)
*JD-1: (S.I.S. #25035).
**JD-1: 6556 (S.I.S. #24373).
***JD-1: 6661 (S.I.S. #25037).
****JD-1: 6561 (S.I.S. #24880).
(EXHIBITS OF JOINT COMMITTEE , EXHIBIT NO. 1 INTERCEPTED DIPLOMATIC MESSAGES SENT BY THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT BETWEEN JULY l AND DECEMBER 8, 1941)