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

Slany, William Z.
Preface,   pp. III-IV PDF (556.9 KB)

Page III

  The publication Foreign Relations of the United States consti-
tutes the official record of the foreign policy of the United States.
The volumes in the series include, subject to necessary security
considerations, all documents needed to give a comprehensive
record of the major foreign policy decisions of the United States to-
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the Department of State are supplemented by papers from other
Government agencies involved in the formulation of foreign policy.
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mulgated by Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg on March 26,
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