026 China/8–349

The Secretary of State to the Secretary of Defense (Johnson)

Dear Mr. Secretary: In accordance with the statement in my letter to you of July 26, I brought to the attention of the President the views which you and the Joint Chiefs of Staff had formulated on the question of the desirability of publishing at this time the so-called China White Paper. The President, after carefully reconsidering the matter, decided that the Paper should be published, and it will accordingly be issued as of 11:00 AM Friday, August 5.

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The first advanced copies are available for distribution today, and I am accordingly enclosing a copy herewith.

Sincerely yours,

Dean Acheson