307. Telegram From the Secretary of State to the Department of State1

Dulte 11. Eyes only Acting Secretary from Secretary. Re Tedul 7.2

“Other matters” which we might want to bring up are treatment of POW’s, anti-American propaganda, ChiCom air attacks upon commercial planes such as have cost American lives, air attacks from Chinese or North Korean territory against our aircraft over high seas and possibly violations of Korean Armistice Pact, although here we should be careful because possibly other countries are involved. I think Walter Robertson could fill in. ChiComs may want to raise such questions as interference with Chinese peaceful trade and perhaps alleged overflights and possibly our radio propaganda. They might perhaps raise question of alleged provocative US maneuvers off China coast, which we believe to be non-existent. Again, Walter Robertson might fill in.

These are reflections without benefit of documentation or advisers.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.93/7–1755. Top Secret; Niact. Received at 9:10 p.m., July 16.
  2. Tedul 7 to Geneva, for Dulles from Hoover, July 16, reads:

    “Re Ambassadorial talks with Chicoms in Geneva:

    “Anticipate sharp questioning from press and Congressional leaders as to just what you envisage as ‘certain other practical matters’. Advise urgently.” (Ibid., 611.93/6–1655)