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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1952-1954. China and Japan (in two parts)

The China area,   pp. 1-1061 ff. PDF (381.2 MB)

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pages 219-224. For previous documentation relating to the resolu-
tion, see Foreign Relations, 1949, volume II, pages 144-233, and
ibid., 1951, volume VII, Part 2, page 1851.
                             No. 5
794A.5 MSP/2-452: Telegram
The Charge' in the Republic of China (Rankin) to the Department of
SECRET                           TAIPEI, February 4, 1952-8 p.m.
  972. Gen Chase and his Air Section Chief Col Rector left Taipei
today via Tokyo for TDY in Washington connection recruitment
mil personnel for MAAG and materiel procurement.
  Request Dept extend all possible assistance to Chase and Rector
in expediting arrival both personnel and equip. MAAG now well
set up as regards HQ and gen organization but needs remainder
auth complement to complete teams actually working with Chi
units. They shld be able show results out of all proportion to
number involved.
  While early arrival addit equip urgent from purely mil stand-
point this no less important politically. Well-known in Chi mil and
civil circles that US has contemplated mil aid to Formosa for FYs
1951 and 1952 approximating US $300 million which covered by
funds already appropriated by Cong. Yet with less than five
months remaining of these two fiscal years, actual arrivals in For-
mosa of mil equip supplied under US aid programs amount to
approx $25 million.
  While aware of tremendous demands on US stocks and produc-
tion to meet urgent needs at home and in many foreign countries,
officials and public here are wondering whether Formosa being rel-
egated to minor position as regards mil aid in contrast to prospects
few months ago. This problem more serious because comparatively
few shipments to date consist of items one can [garble]. For exam-
ple, although fighter aircraft have been at or near top of priority
list from the start, and there has been no question of delivering
other than World War II planes from moth ball stocks, not a single
plane has yet been shipped to Formosa. Moreover, latest report is
that first lot earmarked for Chi Govt has been switched to Tito. Chi
seem not have heard this report but may shortly and repercussions
shld be expected.
  Doubtless good reasons exist for above sitn but it emphasizes im-
portance of expediting shipments, particularly of items to impress

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