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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1951. Asia and the Pacific (in two parts)
(1951)

East Asia and the Pacific: multilateral relations,   pp. 1-265 PDF (105.5 MB)


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            EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
GENERAL UNITED STATES POLICIES WITH RESPECT
           TO THE EAST ASIAN-PACIFIC AREA1
790.00/1-451
Menwmrandum of Conversation, by Mr. George fi. Alexander of the
               Economic Resources and Security Staff
CONFIDENTIAL                        [WASHINGrON,] January 4, 1951.
Subject: Political prospects in South East Asia.
Participants: ]-Mr. Lacy, PSA 2
               Messrs. Armstrong" and Alexander-ER
               Mr. John C. Houston-The White House
               Miss Marjorie Belcher-The White House
  The White House officials called at their request to obtain guidance
from the Department as to the extent to which the United States may
count on the continued availability of South East Asia as a source of
critical raw materials.4
  Mr. Lacy began the discussion by stating that had the question been
asked two months previously he would have replied that the odds were
against the Chinese invading South East Asia but that at present
the odds are unfortunately in favor of such an invasion. The date
upon which the Chinese can be expected to move is, of course,
uncertain.
  Mr. Lacy emphasized the danger of attempting to prophesy the
course of developments but hazarded the guess that China would in-
vade Tonkin.5 This opinion he based particularly upon the disposition
of Chinese armies and on moves by American companies familiar with
the area. He- suggested that Thailand 6 might find it in its interest to
  For previous documentation, see Foreign Relations, 1950, vol. vi, pp. 1
If. For
related material, see pp. 1109 ff. For documentation on U.S. policy concerning
China and the Korean War, see volume vii.
  2 WilliamS. B. Lacy, Director of the Office of Philippine and Southeast
Asian
  Affairs.
  Willis C. Armstrong, Associate Chief, Economic Resources and Security Staff.
  'Documentation on general U.S. policy with respect to the acquisition of
  strategic materials from foreign areas is scheduled for publication in
volume I.
  5 For additional documentation on the possibility of a Chinese Communist
inva-
  sion of Tonkin, see pp. 332 ff.
  For documentation on U.S. relations with Thailand, see pp. 1594 ff.
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