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

Thailand,   pp. 1594-1649 PDF (22.8 MB)

Page 1594

   Memorandum of Conversation, by the Officer in Charge, Thai,
             Malayan and Indochinese Affairs (Landon)
SECRET                            [WASHINGTON,] January 25, 1951,
Subject: Possible American Action if Chinese Communists Attack
Participants: H.R.H. Prince Wan Waithayakon, Thai Ambassador
               Mr. Dean Rusk, FE 2
               Mr. Kenneth P. Landon, PSA
  In the course of a conversation on another subject the Thai Am-
bassador pointed out that his government was in entire accord with
the United States Government in regard to Communism as evidenced
by the presence of Thai troops in Korea, the recognition of the gov-
ernments of Indochina, and the present act of co-sponsorship of the
resolution designating the Chinese Communists as aggressors.3 He
went on to say that he had been instructed by his government to ask
what United States policy would be if the Chinese Communists should
attack northern Indochina, i.e., would the United States give air sup-
port or navy support or ground support or simply provide military
equipment as at present. Furthermore, if Thailand were attacked
would the United States come to their support while they were fighting
the enemy or would Thailand have to do as it did in the last war when
overrun by the enemy-establish an underground~which would cooper-
ate with the United States and work toward their liberation with us.
The Ambassador reaffirmed-that his government saw eye to eye with
the U.S. Government and wanted to know how to lay its own plans in
order to meet the potential threat.
  I said that it was exceedingly difficult to give a practical reply to a
hypothetical question; that the President of the United States4 in
  'For previous documentation, see Foreign Relations, 1950, vol. vI, pp.
1529 ff.
  Dean Rusk, Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs.
  3 The purpose of the Thai Ambassador's appointment was to deliver a request
that the Secretary of State inform the President that the Thai Government
deeply appreciated the delivery of arms to the Thai military under the terms
of the Military Arms Aid Agreement of October 17, 1950 (792.5-MAP/1-2551).
The text of the agreement is printed in Department of State Treaties and
International Acts Series (TIAS) No. 2434 ; 3 UST 2675.
  'Harry S. Truman.

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