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The Ambassador in China (Stuart) to the Secretary of State

466. Following is Taipei’s 35, March 4:

“Atmosphere of uneasy truce in city prevails pending consideration of people’s demands for changes in Government. Daily sessions of committee for settlement of incident being held publicly with some Government representatives present. Mayor and city police chief are active and respected mediators with university organization assisting in maintaining public order. No further attacks on mainlanders reported in Taipei but disorders said to continue elsewhere on island.

Martial law in Taipei lifted midnight March 3 but roving patrols continue to be seen occasionally. However, posters announce people’s committee is asking Government to complete patrol recall.

City food situation easing somewhat though rice is scarce. Trains not yet operating southward.”