160. Editorial Note
Negotiations for a Status of Forces agreement concerning U.S. forces in
the Republic of China had begun in August 1955 and continued
intermittently through May 1960 without reaching agreement; see
1955-1957, volume II, pages 607-610; ibid., volume III, pages
282-283; and ibid., 1958-1960, volume XIX, pages 732-733. A second
series of negotiations began on January 7, 1963, with a GRC counterdraft of May 11, 1960, as the
basis for discussion, except that discussion of Article XIV on criminal
jurisdiction was based on a U.S. proposal of March 1960. As in the
earlier negotiations, Article XIV proved to be the greatest source of
difficulties. The 16th meeting of the second series of negotiating
sessions, held on September 30, was the last formal session in 1963.
Subsequent informal discussions also failed to reach agreement.
Documentation on this subject is in Department of State, Central File
611.937 through January 1963, thereafter in file DEF 15-3 CHINAT and DEF