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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1951. Asia and the Pacific (in two parts)
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Indochina,   pp. 332-582 PDF (99.7 MB)


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336           FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1951, VOLUME VI
these units and ability for them become operational in IC immediately
on Chinese invasion would be incalculable benefit.
  7. Legation recommends acceptance principle direct equipment local
urban police and provincial guard units under MDAP and with
MAAG observation.
   8. On assumption imminent Chinese invasion US should promptly
recommend to French air reconnaissance Chinese border area includ-
ing Hainan. French now operate under strict orders confine flights
eight kilometers this side northern frontier.
   9. US should make available air and surface facilities to assist in
evacuating large number important Tonkinese officials and private
citizens some of whom could constitute useful resistance leaders.
   10. MATS route through Saigon approved by competent officials
more than month ago should be promptly instituted to provide east-
west air lift critical supplies.
   (B) Political.
   1. In view new attributes sovereignty conferred on AS at Pau,
 French should promptly sponsor UN membership for AS, Cambodia,
 Laos and Vietnam. While applications may not prosper it should be
 made clear that only Soviet world is opposed.
   2. Immediate consideration should be given to ways of utilizing new
 UN facilities such as observation committees in IC situation. While
 access to VM territory doubtless would be denied, air observation of
 border movements could be undertaken.
   3. Renewed efforts should be made by US and UK diplomacy to
 obtain recognition AS by Burma, Indonesia, Philippines, India,
 Pakistan. With Chinese aggression in Korea and Tibet,1-5 Communists
 need for resources of SEA, and militant revolutionary expansionism
 of Peking, IC's neighbors should be asked to recognize threat to area
 and to each of them Communist success in IC would represent. At
 same time, transfer of economic powers including 100% revenues to
 AS plus formation national armies should dispel much of their earlier
 objections to French Union formula.
 . 4. Renewed attempt should be made align US-UK-French policy
 in FE. If this not practicable, clear understanding should be reached
 on IC. Legation is particularly disturbed lest lack of understanding
 should facilitate French or UK-French negotiations with Chinese
 Communists. Legation not convinced that preliminary explora-
 tions this possibility were insignificant (London's 3613, Decem-
 ber 28 16).... [It has been] stated to Legation officer informally...
 that British are pressing French to negotiate. Rumors same effect are
 beginning circulate locally. Whole matter may be Cominform propa-
 ganda but it serves emphasize need for urgent tripartite consultations
 on IC. This mission uninformed re Truman-Attlee conversations
 on IC.17
   Documentation on the Korean War is scheduled for publication in volume
   vi; see also Foreign Relations, 1950, volume vii. For documentation on
the
   Chinese invasion of Tibet, October 7, 1950, see ibid., vol. vi, pp. .2156
ff.
   1 Not printed.
   "PesdetTruman and Clement R. Attlee, Prime Minister of the United
 1Kingdom, met in Washington from December 4 to December 8, 1950, to discuss
 ,the situation arising from Chinese Communist intervention in Korea. Indochina
 did not receive extensive consideration. The record of the first meeting,
Decem-


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