Japanese-American Relations

Archive Report

Stimonson's Non-Recognition Policy and the Kellogg Pact

Japan's Military Activities in Manchuria, in apparent defiance of obligations assumed under the Nine-Power treaty of 1922 and the Kellogg peace pact, as well as under the Covenant of the League of Nations, led to pronouncement by Secretary of State Stimson on January 7, 1932, of a doctrine of broad significance in American foreign policy. Through the medium of identic notes to China and Japan, the United States Government announced that it would not recognize any agreement entered into by those governments which might impair the treaty rights of the United States or its citizens in China, and that it did not intend to “recognize any situation, treaty or agreement which may be brought about by means contrary ...

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