894A.00/3–2047: Telegram

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

613. Minister of Information, at regular weekly press conference March 19, stated as follows on Formosan uprising:

“There are no detailed statistics available on casualties in the Taiwan riots. It is now quiet throughout the island, and no further riots have occurred during the last few days. As for Communist inspiration, there were some Communists among the Taiwan people who returned from Hainan Island. This group have contributed in no small measure to the malignant character of the riots.

“The Government plan for administrative reforms was very clearly outlined by General Pai Chung-hsi on his arrival at Taiwan.”