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

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in the course of which Prime Minister Yoshida told the two Sena-
tors that his Government proposed to deal with the China matter
along the lines which he and Mr. Dulles had discussed on Decem-
ber 13, and that he expected to clarify the Japanese Government
position and subsequently communicate with Mr. Dulles. He
strongly hoped that the U.K. would acquiesce in the proposed Japa-
nese position as it was embarrassing to the Japanese Government
to be confronted with opposing U.S.-U.K. position. 14
  15. On January 7, Mr. Dulles received, by pouch, a letter from
Mr. Yoshida dated December 24, 1951, stating Japan's intentions as
regards China.
  16. On January 8, Mr. Yoshida had a New Year's press confer-
ence in Tokyo in which he is reported to have declared that-
  "so long as China is a communist country and disturbs the peace
and order of foreign countries, Japan cannot hold intercourse with
her . ..15 we will hold intercourse with any country, Formosa or
others, provided that the other party would not disturb the inter-
nal peace of this country." (New York Times 1/9/52)
14 No memorandum of this conversation has been found in Department of State
15 Ellipsis in the source text.
                            o. 467
Memorandum of Conversation, by the Acting Assistant Secretary of
              State for Far Eastern Affairs (Allison)
SECRET                            [WASHINGTON,] January 9, 1952.
Subject: Japanese Relations with China
Participants: Sir Oliver Franks, British Ambassador
             Mr. John Foster Dulles
             Mr. John Allison
  Sir Oliver Franks called this afternoon at Mr. Dulles' request for
preliminary discussion on relations between Japan and China pre-
paratory to the meeting between Secretary Acheson and Foreign
Minister Eden on January 10. Mr. Dulles stated he thought it
would be helpful, in view of the fact that Mr. Eden had come into
this problem "in the middle", to make a chronological statement
and put the matter in proper focus. He gave Sir Oliver a memoran-
dum, copy attached, I setting forth the history of the problem from
1 Not found attached; apparently the same as the memorandum, supra.

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