893.00/3–347: Telegram

The Minister-Counselor of Embassy in China (Butterworth) to the Secretary of State

424. Following from Taipei:

“March 2, 5 p.m. Light firing heard last night and throughout today, while situation remains tense.

“In radio speech this afternoon Governor General agreed to people’s demands as enunciated by local PPC10 member acting as spokesman that all Formosans seized during incident be released unconditionally [Page 429] and that damages or medical treatment be given behalf those killed and wounded. No reference in speech to other demands that Monoply and Trading Bureau systems be abolished.

“All Government departments and services inoperative both Taipei-Keelung. Island-wide disturbances reported.”

  1. People’s Political Council.