Memorandum by Ward P. Allen of the Bureau of European Affairs to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs (Bonbright)
Subject: US Position on Economic Sanctions against China
Attached is the recommended US position on this subject as it has been developed by a working group with BNA and EUR participation, modified slightly to counter Treasury and Commerce insistence on having the US propose what would amount to a total embargo. The Treasury Department also desires to have the whole matter thoroughly explored by the NSC. Informal efforts are being made to obtain Treasury and Commerce acquiescence to the more limited approach of the attached, and to avoid the necessity of NSC consideration. It may, however, be necessary to have high level talks with at least Treasury representatives, since their general approach seems to be, by urging virtually complete embargo, either to put the State Department on the spot for refusing to have the US propose this in the UN or to have the US propose it and place the onus of rejecting it on the UK and our other Allies.
We have agreed to these recommendations ad referendum with the understanding (agreed to by the others) that we will not press, even privately with the UK, for any more than the minimum stated in Recommendation #1.1
I would appreciate any comments or guidance on this.