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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1949. The Far East: China
(1974)

Policy of the United States toward Formosa (Taiwan): concern of the United States regarding possible conquest by Chinese communists,   pp. 261-471 PDF (74.8 MB)


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U.S. POLICY TOWARD FORMOSA
clear-cut bold solutions. Had not yet taken time consult Chen Cheng
except few minutes at airport. Proposed Taiwan representation on
financial board to instill confidence. I mentioned local desire elect
mayors and magistrates. Soong opposed "synthetic democracy". Cited
Legislative Yuan and derogatory of C. Chuang, notorious provincial
council head. Criticized nationalization all island industry resulting
inefficiency and expressed desire unload.
  Asked re military behavior. I cited several news reports. Soong spoke
highly Sun Li-jen and said no trouble his troops. Questioned authen-
ticity news report his removal. Mentioned failures Chen Yi, successes
Wei Tao-ming.26
  Several times indirectly intimated low regard Chen Cheng. I said
nothing.
  Requested meeting with American official best posted in economics
here. I suggested ECA Craig.27 He twice suggested there must be some-
one else. Replied no. Have delayed Craig meeting till Tuesday 28 hop-
ing instructions.
  Repeated Nanking 100, OffEmb Canton 10.
                                                           EDGAR
893.50 Recovery/4-1149: Telegram
      The Consul at Taipei (Edgar) to the Secretary of State
                                     TAIPEI, April 11, 1949-5 p. m.
                                     [Received April 11-8: 57 a. m.]
  111. From Merchant. Deptel 607, April 7 not seen by me prior des-
patch my telegram 1130 of April 9 or my letter to Butterworth of
April 8.29
  Regarding appraisal requested Deptel under reference will be sent
soonest.
  Reference Taipei's 108, April 10 and 110, April 11, I plan lie low and
not now plan to see T. V. in absence contrary guidance. [Merchant.]
                                                           EDGAR
893.50 Recovery/4-1249: Telegram
      The Consul at Taipei (Edgar) to the Secretary of State
                                     TAIPEI, April 12,1949-10 a. m.
                                     [Received April 12-5: 22 a. m.]
  113. From Merchant. Reference Taipei's 111, April 11, Shanghai's
1130, April 9 and Deptel 607, April 7 to Shanghai. I agree combina-
  26 Both previous Governors of Taiwan.
  27 Loris F. Craig, head of the ECA office on Taiwan.
  28 April 12.
  29 Letter not printed.
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