360. Telegram From the Embassy in Japan to the Department of State 1
5221. Subj: Rogers–Aichi talk re Chirep in Paris.2
Summary: [less than 1 line of source text not declassified] PriMin Sato place highest importance on: a) keeping GRC in UN; and b) closest consultations with USG on China issues.[Page 704]
- During 90-minute session June 2, PriMin Sato attached great hope to FornMin Aichi’s forthcoming discussion re Chirep with Secretary Rogers in Paris. [4½ lines of source text not declassified]
- Stressing importance of continued close USG–GOJ consultations, Sato observed that once course of action is determined, GOJ can lobby effectively with some countries, e.g. SEA nations, while USG can cultivate other territory, e.g. English speaking world.
- Sato said he has impression USG is still gathering info. He indicated tempus is fugiting and much spadework will have to be done in anticipation of UNGA this fall. He noted that because of its involvement in Indo-China hostilities, in which PRC has direct interest, situation is in some ways more difficult for USG than for GOJ.
- According to Sato, of utmost importance is close USG–GOJ consultation. I noted we staying in close touch but final USG decision re course to be followed not yet taken.
- When asked specifically what message he wished conveyed to Secretary, Sato said it is GOJ’s determination to honor its treaty obligations with Taiwan, and to uphold its “international faith.” If GRC could keep its UNSC seat so much the better, but in any case GOJ wishes to take whatever steps may be necessary to assure that GRC stays in UN. He was glad to have reassurance that USG also wants GRC’s continuation in UN.
- Sato said Japan’s new chief rep at UN Nakagawa has been instructed to sound out U Thant’s views.
- Earlier in day, Vice FornMin Mori had suggested to me that while it is GOJ’s wish and PriMin Sato’s strong determination to assure GRC’s preservation in UN, impression in GOJ circles is that USG’s primary interest is maintaining bilateral commitment to GRC, with GRC’s status in UN of lesser importance. I assured Mori that we share GOJ’s desire to keep GRC in UN.