No. 269
Memorandum by the Acting Secretary of State to the Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs (Robertson)

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  • Mutual Defense Treaty with the Republic of China.

I talked with the Secretary about this just before he left. He recognizes the probability that it will be necessary for us ultimately to negotiate a Mutual Defense Treaty with the GRC but would prefer to delay decision as to timing because of the complexities of the offshore island problem.

Chiang Kai-shek will undoubtedly bring the matter up during the Secretary’s short visit to Formosa and the situation may be clear after his return.

I suggest you take this up with him again toward the end of the month.