765. Telegram 605 from Geneva1

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605. From Johnson.

Two hour fifty minute meeting this morning almost entirely on implementation except for review by Wang of FMC, trade, and cultural proposals with emphasis on latter two. Cited Coleman statement on trade and American Assembly statements on trade and cultural relations and newsmen in support contention “American people” favor action on these subjects. If US genuinely desires settle problems it should express its views with regard to these specific proposals on questions whose resolution would be easy and in interest both peoples; implementation discussion followed familiar lines except that in reply he renewed charges US interfering with correspondence Chinese students, I made strong statement charging them with campaign bring pressure on students through organized letter-writing from families. He reiterated old position on imprisoned Americans and there was not slightest indication of any plans for early release.

In reply my suggestion January 10 next meeting he suggested January 12 and opposed January 17 and then finally agreed on Saturday, January 19. Returning Prague tomorrow.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.93/12–1356. Confidential; Priority; Limit Distribution.