893.00/3–3147: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Smith)

775. For the Secretary21 from Acheson.22 We suggest awaiting receipt of despatch 588 March 26 containing concrete proposals on Formosa (Nanking’s 689 March 29) before preparing reply to Stuart (Kosmos 17)23 In meantime we are studying available materials on subject. Assistance in economic development of Formosa appears sound in principle but at first blush we question practicability of sending technical advisers without reasonable prospect of supporting credits.

  1. The Secretary of State was at this time attending the Moscow Conference of Foreign Ministers.
  2. Dean Acheson, Under Secretary of State.
  3. For Ambassador Stuart’s despatch No. 588 and telegram No. 689, see pp. 84 and 89, respectively. Telegram Kosmos 17 (Moscow Embassy telegram No. 1109), March 31, 5 p.m., from the Secretary of State to Mr. Acheson, not printed (711.93/3–3147); in it the Secretary requested the Department’s recommended reply to Dr. Stuart’s request for guidance made in the above cited telegram No. 689. In telegram No. 444, April 17, 6 p.m., Mr. Acheson informed Dr. Stuart that his despatch No. 588 had been received “and is now being studied by appropriate officers of Dept.”.