275. Telegram From the Embassy in Poland to the Department of State0
1243. USUN for Lodge. 88th meeting two hours.1
I opened with statement emphasizing continued Chinese Communist military action in Quemoy area made relaxation tension there impossible [Page 554]and appealed for renunciation force in order restore tranquillity. Wang responded elaborating familiar themes US intervening in unfinished Chinese civil war, following in footsteps of Japanese militarists, plotting create two Chinas, aiming at permanent occupation Taiwan, and preparing new provocations against mainland. I responded briefly, refuting Wang’s principal accusations and reiterating thesis that Chinese Communist military threat was continued danger to peace.
After further response by Wang along usual lines, I made statement demanding release remaining four American civilians in compliance agreed announcement and again exposed weakness Wang’s previous claim agreed announcement not applicable to Americans in prison. Wang’s rejoinder contained nothing new. I then requested and was denied information on Bishop Walsh, following which I brought up question missing military personnel which Wang as usual declared outside scope these talks.
Wang informed me he returning home shortly and proposed next meeting May 20. I countered with May 19 as more convenient to us to which he agreed. Time 2 p.m.
It was agreed make usual announcement to press simply naming date and time next meeting and further agreed that if press inquired reason long interval they would be told it was for “administrative reasons”.
- Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.93/3–2459. Secret; Priority; Limit Distribution. Repeated to USUN and Taipei.↩
- Beam sent a transcript of the meeting in airgram G–371, March 24, and his comments and recommendations in telegram 1244, March 25. (Ibid., 611.93/3–2459 and 611.93/3–2559, respectively) Telegram 976 to Warsaw, March 20, transmitted his instructions for the meeting. (Ibid., 611.93/3–2059; see Supplement)↩