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I pressed on and asked if the Japanese had plans to build any roads, which their cars could use and whether they planned to build aerodromes, but this he denied.  I asked him what the significance of the visit to Pai Ling-miao by the Japanese (the occupants of the plane) was and I was told that it was merely social.

After my interview the Embassy people especially our Military Attaché, descended upon me to hear the Prince’s views.  I then spoke with a Mongol officer who speaks Russian and was in the Artillery College in Moscow, he told me:

People in Urga are discontented; there are still bread cards there.  Two years ago there was a big rising.  The Soviets fought against the lamas and the princes, and people don’t like the economy plans.  Perhaps there will be a revolt as there are many that want to join a big Mongolia.  I am a nationalist, I believe in a big united Mongolia with Outer Mongolia, Manchukuo Mongolia and free Mongols.  Prince Teh Wang is a great man, and I hope he will be the leader of a united Mongolia.


If there is a war, we will be in a bad position.  If the Russians win then we will lose all, the princes will be crushed and the lamas broken.  If the Japanese win they will set up a ‘Great Mongolia’, but Japan will enslave it.  We are in a difficult position.  We don’t like the Chinese, or the Japanese, or the Russians.  The Russians will give in on all hands, they know they are too weak, and they will yield to the Japanese for at least two years.

About seven o’clock in the evening, we returned, tired, to our yurt.  After we had eaten, a Chinese diplomat, knowing I had heard the Japanese point of view and the Mongol point of view came in to impress upon me the Chinese point of view!

Monday, July 15th was a day of all days.  “Gentlemen, it is four o’clock!” shouted the Baron just before dawn.  Plessen had decided to go back to Peking, because there was practically nobody at the German Embassy.  Müller and his ‘boy’ servant Liang (aged 46), who was as superior with the Mongols as an English butler among the Hottentots, Anatoli, the Russian chauffeur and I decided to cross a big part of Inner Mongolia, almost as far as the Soviet-Manchukuo frontier

Gareth at the Lama service.

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