The Chinese Permanent Representative to the United Nations ( Tsiang ) to the Secretary of State 54
Dear Mr. Secretary: Under instructions from Dr. Wang Shih-chieh, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, I am transmitting to you an [Page 678] aide-mémoire, setting forth certain considerations relating to the American aid program in China and our common relations with Japan.
Dr. Wang further instructed me to say that he drafted the aide-mémoire after his talks with you55 and Mr. Hoffman in Paris.
With warm regards,
- Handed to the Secretary of State by Dr. Tsiang on November 13; the Secretary of State was in Paris on official mission.↩
- For correspondence concerning these conversations, see pp. 192 ff., passim. ↩
- Subsequently, Pei Tsu-yee, Chairman of the Chinese Technical Mission in Washington, made known to ECA the Chinese Government’s further views on economic aid. He requested adjustment of the existing program by allocating an additional $40,000,000 for cotton, cutting back procurement of other commodities and postponing reconstruction and replacement activities until next year’s program; estimated at $80,000,000 interim aid assistance for necessary commodities during the period April to June 1949; and fixed at $470,000,000 Chinese economic assistance requirements for the first year of the projected 3-year program. These views were transmitted to Mr. Lapham in telegram No. Ecato 765, December 17, 10 p.m. In telegram No. Toeca 646, December 20, Mr. Lapham stated his opposition to any major adjustment in the existing program. He did not comment on the remaining two points raised by Mr. Pei. (Telegrams filed under Shanghai Embassy Files, Lot F 84—848 ECA.)↩
- In his memorandum of December 23 to the Acting Secretary of State, John M. Allison, Deputy Director of the Office of Far Eastern Affairs, indicated that no action was taken on the Chinese aide-mémoire “since the President’s message of November 12 to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek represents, in effect, an answer to the Chinese request for increased aid and since the President forwarded to the Department for its archives the memorandum on Aid for China (Tab B) presented to him by Ambassador Koo on November 24”. (893.50 Recovery/11–1248) The message of November 12 is contained in telegram No. 1608, November 12, 7 p.m., to the Ambassador in China, p. 202. Tab B, not attached; it may be the memorandum of November 25 from the Chinese Ambassador, p. 212.↩