I briefly restated US position on Taiwan and denied his allegations
concerning Laos pointing out US had encouraged evacuation Chinese
irregulars to Taiwan. I then referred to our newsmen proposal at last
11. expressing hope his side might now accept.
Wang repeated charges US
violating Geneva accords and interfering in Laos. Then restated Chinese
Communist position on Taiwan drawing analogy with US civil war. Of
correspondents he said US refusal accept their September 6, 1960
proposal and attempt after last meeting to shift blame to Peiping proved
US unwillingness exchange correspondents and improve relations with his
Wang said our job is to find
means of settling Taiwan issue. If US would end armed occupation Taiwan
the remaining internal matter could be readily settled. Then question of
use of force would not arise. Regarding our latest proposal on
correspondents he reserved position until next meeting.
*Source: Department of State, Central Files,
611.93/4-1861. Confidential; Niact; Limit Distribution. Repeated to
Taipei, Hong Kong, and Moscow.
1Beam commented on the meeting
and sent recommendations in telegram 1518, April 19, and transmitted
a detailed, apparently verbatim report in airgram G-427, April 21.
(Ibid., 611.93/4-1961 and 611.93/4-2161, respectively)
2Telegram 1125, April 14, transmitted Beam's instructions for the
meeting. The paragraphs under reference instructed him to state that
the United States had consistently sought to improve relations and
that it had never demanded that Wang's side abandon its claim to Taiwan but only
that it should not press its claim by threat or use of force, to
express appreciation for the news that one U.S. national imprisoned
in China (Robert E. McCann) was to be released, and to state that
there was great public concern over the situation of the imprisoned
Americans and that their release would improve the atmosphere of the
talks and eliminate a practical obstacle to better relations between
the two countries. (Ibid., 611.93/4-1461)
4Paragraph 4 authorized Beam to expand his March 7 proposal
by accepting the language of a Chinese draft agreed announcement of
September 12, 1957, modified to take the form of parallel unilateral
statements of intentions of the two governments, thus avoiding the
“governments agree” formulation of the Chinese draft. Beam transmitted the text of the
draft he intended to give Wang in telegram 1497, April 17. (Department of
State, Central Files, 611.93/4-1761) For text of the Chinese draft
of September 12, 1957, see Foreign Relations, 1955-1957, vol. II, p.
601, footnote 2.
5Paragraph 5 instructed Beam to renew an earlier inquiry
for any information concerning the crew members of the yacht Tora,
which had disappeared in the Taiwan Strait in July 1958.
6Telegram 1695 from
Warsaw, May 19, reported that the date had been changed to June 29
at Chinese request. (Department of State, Central Files,