78. Memorandum From the Executive Secretary of the Department of State (Tarnoff) to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski)1
- Transmittal of Joint State–Defense Memorandum on Arms Sales to the Republic of China
We forward herewith the attached memorandum on the subject of Arms Sales to the Republic of China. The memorandum was prepared jointly by the Departments of State and Defense in response to an informal request from the National Security Council. Although it sets forth in the introduction the general recommendations of the two Departments on the policy which we believe should govern weapons sales to the Republic of China in the context of our overall normalization policy, it does not provide specific recommendations with respect to the individual weapons systems discussed. It is intended that these specific weapons systems recommendations would emerge from a discussion meeting, to be chaired by NSC and would then be forwarded to you in a supplementary paper.
- Source: Carter Library, NSC Institutional Files (H-Files), Box 42, PRM–24 . Secret; Nodis; Sensitive.↩
- Acting Executive Secretary Frank G. Wisner signed above this typed signature.↩
- Secret; Nodis; Sensitive. Drafted by Feldman (EA/ROC), Romberg (S/P), and Richeson and Ridge (OSD/ISA); cleared by Thayer (EA/PRCM), Kreisberg (S/P), Ericson (PM), Gleysteen (EA), Notargiacomo (PM/SAS), Sennewald (OJCS), and Abramowitz and Pinckney (OSD/ISA).↩
- “Enhance Plus” was the operation that rapidly transferred a large amount of military supplies to South Vietnam before the cease-fire of January 1973.↩