711.932/7–2248: Telegram

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

1346. Re unnumbered Deptel July 20, 7 p.m.14 received Nanking July 21, 6 p.m. in reply Embtel 1320. Director Treaty Department [Page 761] FonOff stated evening July 21 he will urge FonOff prepare morning 22nd a recommendation that Senate reservation be submitted by Executive Yuan to Legislative Yuan on morning of July 23 (last day of present session) for Legislative Yuan approval. Now uncertain whether latter will be willing consider Senate reservation in lieu of other pressing legislation.

Proposed exchanges of notes in any event will have to await Legislative Yuan approval in fall session. FonOff expects may encounter resistance in both Government and Legislative Yuan due possible loss of advantage by China and by misunderstanding and ignorance in Legislative Yuan. Hence FonOff most anxious prepare case for acceptance as thoroughly and persuasively as possible. FonOff believes objectives can be attained by an exchange of notes separated from ratification procedure.

Embassy believes FonOff willing seek approval GATT and ITO but expects less firm support of note exchange re Trust Territory. FonOff refuses now gauge probable Governmental and Legislative Yuan reaction on foregoing but expects encounter no resistance re Senate reservation.

  1. This telegram, printed supra, was actually numbered 1053.