355. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Japan 1

90063. Subject: Press Speculation on Chirep.

The Department has been receiving spate of inquiries about reports that US has decided a new Chirep policy. Some of these appear to have Japanese source.

In addition Reuters today reports that US and Japanese policy planners at Lake Kawaguchi meeting agreed China’s entry into UN unavoidable and that their countries should try to keep Formosa in the UN, even if PRC allowed to enter.

Department does not wish to encourage or participate in speculation about future US Chirep policy, and is replying to all inquiries that policy review this subject has not yet been completed and no decisions have been made. Some press have been advised on background that in course of review, US has consulted with other countries including Japan.

With respect to Reuters report mentioned above, Department will simply state its long-established position that we are opposed to admission of PRC at cost of expulsion of GRC and will decline to speculate on voting prospects for Assembly this fall.

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You may wish inform GOJ that leaks of this kind make candid consultation very difficult.

  1. Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, UN 6 CHICOM. Confidential. Drafted by Winthrop G. Brown; cleared by Charles W. Bray, Jr., William T. Breer, and Robert Emmons; and approved by Brown. Repeated to Saigon for Assistant Secretary Green and to Hong Kong.