Executive Secretariat Files
Note by the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council (Souers) to the Council
The Position of the United States With Respect to Formosa
The enclosed draft report on the subject, prepared in the Department of State, is submitted herewith at the request of the Acting Secretary of State for consideration by the National Security Council.
With reference to NSC Action No. 169,27 Mr. Lovett requested that instead of following the normal working staff procedure in this case, the paper prepared in the Department of State be placed on the agenda for a future meeting of the Council. Mr. Lovett said that when it came [Page 271]up for discussion there would be an oral amplification of the views set forth in the enclosure.
Mr. Lovett also said he would recommend that the new Secretary of State28 communicate with the Executive Secretary regarding the date of a Council meeting at which this problem could be discussed.
It is recommended that, if the Council adopts the enclosed report, it be submitted to the President with the recommendation that he approve the conclusions contained therein and direct that they be implemented by all appropriate executive departments and agencies of the U.S. Government under the coordination of the Secretary of State.
- On January 6 the National Security Council directed its staff to prepare as a matter of urgency a report for consideration by the Council on the position of the United States with respect to Formosa, taking into consideration the discussion at the meeting, the views of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in NSC 37, and the proposals by the Army and Navy, and the forthcoming comments thereon by the Department of State.↩
- Dean Acheson.↩
- Dated December 1, 1948, p. 261.↩
- Foreign Relations, The Conferences at Cairo and Tehran, 1943, p. 448.↩
- September 2, 1945, Department of State Bulletin, September 9, 1945, p. 364.↩
- Signed at Washington, January 11, 1943, Department of State Treaty Series No. 984, or 57 Stat. (pt. 2) 767.↩