746. Telegram 532 to Geneva1

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532. Verbatin text. For Johnson.

Re Deptel 531, Paragraph 5, following is approved text for your use if Wang should suspend talks.

QUOTE At today’s meeting Ambassador Wang advised me that the Chinese Communists were suspending further ambassadorial meetings.

In effect, he refused to meet further unless the US capitulates to the Communist demand for a Foreign Ministers conference. At the same time Wang made clear that the Communists would not agree to renounce the use of force in the Taiwan area. He also demanded that the U.S. remove its existing controls over trade and travel between the US and China.

I have told Ambassador Wang that for my part I stand ready to meet with him in an attempt to reach agreement on an unconditional declaration which would remove the existing threat of the Chinese Communists to resort to force in the Taiwan area and would assure that our differences will be settled by peaceful means only.

I am certain my government will not accept the unilateral breakoff of these talks as a pretext for the continued violation by the Chinese Communists of the terms of the agreed announcement of September 10, 1955. [Facsimile Page 2] As a result of this violation ten unfortunate Americans are still held in Chinese Communist prisons.

I have informed Ambassador Wang that any communications can be transmitted through our respective consular offices here in Geneva END QUOTE

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.93/11–1356. Confidential, Priority, Limit Distribution. Drafted by McConaughy; cleared by Phleger in substance and by Sebald and Henderson in draft. The time of transmission is illegible.