152. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in the Republic of China0

236. Deptel 232.1 Sept 13 Dept officer informed Counselor Chinese Embassy our serious concern GRC terrorist activities near Hong Kong and Macao and requested that our views be transmitted GRC.

Dept officer stated Ambassador Kirk had already made two approaches FonMin on this subject, but that no response had been received and terrorist activities had continued. Therefore, we now felt constrained to bring matter up with Chinese Embassy here in order emphasize seriousness of our concern.

After reviewing in general terms series of bombing incidents and representations made by Hong Kong and Macao authorities, Dept officer reiterated points made by Ambassador Kirk and strongly stressed our belief that these activities should be terminated immediately. Dept officer stressed our conviction that our position on this matter not in opposition GRC interests, but in common interest both US and GRC.

Counselor stated he understood seriousness of matter, and said that our views would be transmitted to his government with appropriate emphasis on degree US concern.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 793.00/9-1362. Confidential. Drafted by Popple and approved by Yager. Repeated to Lisbon, London, Hong Kong, and CINCPAC for POLAD.
  2. Telegram 232, September 12, reported that the Department considered the GRC reaction to Kirk’s previous approaches on the subject of terrorist activities near Hong Kong and Macau far from satisfactory and intended to raise the matter with the Chinese Embassy. (Ibid., 793.00/9-1162) Telegram 195 to Taipei, August 30, had instructed Kirk to meet with the Foreign Minister and express U.S. concern over recent reports of Nationalist-sponsored terrorist activities in the Hong Kong-Macau area. (Ibid., 793.00/8-2962)