361. Telegram From the Mission to the United Nations to the Department of State 1

1476. Subj: ChirepAmb Bush’s Meeting With Amb Liu.

Amb Bush met with Amb Liu June 2 primarily for the purpose of personally expressing to Liu his contempt for fact that Amb Malik (USSR) walked out of SC and other UN meetings whenever Liu spoke.
Bush said he had told Malik, after Malik refused to brief Liu on the SC proceedings, that he disapproved of this kind of behavior and approach to the problem. Bush told Liu how distasteful he thinks this whole performance is, that gentlemen, especially diplomats and UN representatives, should be above such bad manners, and that Malik’s cold war tactics are insulting, not only to Liu but to the ideals and aspirations of the UN. Liu was very appreciative of Bush’s sincere empathy and fact that Bush took Malik to task for his discourteous behavior.
In discussion re Chirep, Bush said US has not reached any final decision but our present reading indicates IQ formula would not work this fall and therefore we are considering alternatives. Amb Liu said he is also concerned that previous IQ formula will no longer work and has stressed to his government the need for a flexible approach on this problem if GRC is to remain in UN.
Liu said USG must realize that GRC could only consider alternative which would not damage GRC’s raison d’etre. Pres Chiang must consider internal politics as well as the international scene and the Pres is very concerned in his moral commitment to whole Chinese people. Liu also repeated as he has on previous occasions, that the GRC earned its seat on the SC by its role in World War II; that at the founding of the UN, the GRC was not in control of the whole Chinese mainland.
Liu also expressed grave concern re the six weeks referred to by Pres Nixon in his 1 June news conference.2 Liu feels that six weeks hence will be too late to decide on a position which will prevent a defeat this fall.
Amb Bush told Liu he would make known the latter’s concern to Washington and he stressed to Liu the firm commitment of Pres Nixon to Pres Chiang and the GRC.
Comment: Amb Liu made no mention of Amb Shen’s conversation with Secretary Rogers.
Liu again extended an invitation to Amb Bush, on behalf of himself and Pres Chiang for Bush to visit Taiwan, emphasizing how honored his President would be by such a visit.
  1. Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, UN 6 CHICOM. Secret. Repeated to Moscow and Taipei.
  2. For text, see Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Richard Nixon, 1971, pp. 695–696.