Message of congratulation by Manchoukuo to the Republic of the Philippines, October 15, 1943:

HIS EXCELLENCY
PRESIDENT JOSE P. LAUREL
MANILA

MANCHOUKUO GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE LEARNED WITH PROFOUND PLEASURE THE JOYOUS NEWS OF LONG-CHERISHED INDEPENDENCE OF PHILIPPINE STATE AND I HAVE HONOUR TO EXPRESS MOST SINCERE CONGRATULATIONS OF THIS MEMORABLE OCCASION (STOP) I AM CONFIDENT OUR TWO COUNTRY BETWEEN WHICH FRIENDLY RELATIONS HAW BEEN FORMALLY ESTABLISHED WILL COOPER ATE TOGETHER IN CLOSE HARMONY TO REALIZE OUR COMMON IDEALS NAMELY THE SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION OF PRESENT HOLY WAR AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF GREATEST EAST ASIA CO-PROSPERITY SPHERE (STOP) IN CONCLUSION I WISH EXPRESS SINCERE WISHES FOR YOUR EXCELLENCY’S GOOD HEALTH AND FOR SUCCESS OF PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE AND FOR PROSPERITY OF YOUR COUNTRY.

CHANG CHING-HUI
PREMIER MANCHOUKUO

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library