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United States policy with regard to the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China, January-July 1955,   pp. 1-689 ff. PDF (242.1 MB)


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                                                 The China Area       641
 Ambassador Aldrich to show you concurrently the text of a message
 which the President sent to Nehru which was delivered at noon and
 which he has acknowledged stating that he would reply from
 London. 3 I am all ready to request your Govt as representing US in-
 terests at Peiping to make suggestion to Chou En-lai along the lines
 of the President's message to Nehru but before doing so would be
 glad to get any views which you might have either independently or
 following such talk as you may have with Nehru. I do not, however,
 want to get Nehru in the position of being our intermediary in this
 matter and also I think it desirable, as you apparently do, to get
 something under way soon, as suggested, so that it will be in the
 works before we get to Geneva and, as you suggest, will provide the
 best answer to the Russians, as your June 30 message indicates.
 Foster Dulles."
     Text in question in next following message. 4
                                                                  Dulles
    "Harold Macmillan . . . is still a little concerned as to the progress
that may be
 made in the Far East towards relaxation of tension. He does not know whether
you
 have yet been able to think out plans on the lines of your talks with him
in San Fran-
 cisco. But if you are able to get something moving, he does feel it will
be a great help
 in resisting Russian efforts at Geneva to open up the Chinese question or
to press for
 a separate conference about the Far East. He feels that the best answer
would be that
 things were going along nicely and that it would be wise to leave them alone.
It would
 also, of course, help to prevent any foolish or headstrong action by the
Chinese Com-
 munist Government." (Eisenhower Library, Dulles Papers, Eden-Macmillan-Lloyd
 Correspondence, 1955-56)
    3 Nehru's acknowledgement was reported in telegram 77 from Rome, July
8. (De-
partment of State, Central Files, 711.11-EI/7-855)
    4Telegram 133 to London, July 8. (Ibid.)
292.    Message From British Foreign Secretary Macmillan to the
        Secretary of State 1
                                                [London, July 10(?,), 1955.]
     Many thanks for your personal message. 2 Unfortunately this
reached me after Nehru had left Chequers for Windsor. However, in
the course of our long talk on Saturday morning, Nehru had shown
us the President's letter 3 and we had discussed the proposal at some
length. Nehru was obviously pleased and flattered by the gracious
    Source: Eisenhower Library, Dulles Papers, Eden-Macmillan-Lloyd Correspond-
ence, 1955-56. Secret. A copy is filed in Department of State, Presidential
Correspond-
ence: Lot 66 D 204, Macmillan to Dulles. Sent with a covering note of July
10 from
British Embassy Counselor Adam Watson.
    2 Supra.
    ' Transmitted in Document 289.


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