CABLE TO DIRECTOR FROM TAIWAN RE MEETING WITH (DELETED) AND GENERAL CHIANG CHIN

Created: 2/24/1962

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LcLIVER FOLLOWING from villi am BITNDY defense eyes only nitzeonanara pass state also white house for kcgeorge bundy.

t generalissimos request had longh him eveningD. presentnd general chiang ching kuo and interpreter

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6ih0 began by asking bundy .reaction to so-called grc counterattack rftcject. eukdy replied that he mot directly conceded this matter' .

had no authority express usg vieus but had talked that afternoon-to jhing xu0 and had read translated heiiorandumroject. <tkistransmittedis initial observation could cnly beposal clearly interesting and important. 6ih0 then stated us mftturally vitally concerned grc counterattack planning and launched into

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STATEtlENTASIC PRINCIPLES AS FOLLOWS:

A. GRC WOULD NEVER EMBARRASS US BY ITS ACTION.'.

RC WOULD NOT ACT INAY AS TO AFFECT SECURITY OF

TAIWAN AND PENGHU.'

c- .C UOULD NOT GIVE USSRAND HOSTILITIES." f

. D. US.UOULD BEAR NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR GRC ACTION ON MAINLAND ;'.

ANDOULD BE TAKEN INAY THAT THERE WOULD BE NO :'yly

EVIDENCES SUPPORT. GRC INTENDED TO AVOID DRAGGING US INTO

LOCAL WAR OVER MAINLAND^LET ALONE INTO'GENERAL WAR.

E. GRC WOULD ALWAYS CONSIDER US INTERESTS IN ITS PLANSORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO USE US-PROVIDED MILITARY ONLYAY SERVING US INTERESTS. CCOBKENTs COULD BE CONSTRUED AS INDICATING GRC CONSIDERED IT HAD -LATITUDE IN ACTIONS NOT USING SUCH1"^

BUNDY INTERJECTED THAT.IT.WAS MOST DIFFICULT FOR THE US TO BE DISSOCIATED AND NOT BLAMED FOR ANY- ACTION TAXEN BY THE GRC. FOR THIS" REASON AS WELL AS FOR THE WIDERELATIONSHIP IT WAS VITAL THAT THERE BE "HE CLOSEST JOINT CONSULTATION ON ANY ACTION TAKEN.

gimo then went on that success or failure of action would have great effect on uhole free world. not only survival of grc but-whole communist strategic threat was at stake, success hust be assured since failure uould be as damaging as success uould be helpful.

giko continued on theme cf us responsibility as leader of free tforld. loss of china mainland had been key shift in balance of power and trends since had continued adverse. us should try to regain balance c? power and to save pecple now inlavery. grc counterattack project key part of this situation. us announced

policy UAS.VotT liberation of captive peoples but in eight years isenhower had achieved little toward this. now kennedy hust taxe , ction amd not merely state aim. grc considered opportunity such

ACTICVJ NOW EXISTED BECAUSE

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ECONOMIC FAILURE ON'.'

OF CONTROL OF PEOPLE CNSPECIFIC* EVIDENCE

GIVEN.>

EJT STRSKGTH WAS NEEDED TO SEIZE THIS OPPORTUNITY. GRC FORCES vERE WELL-TRAINED AND READY AND BEST STRENGTH AVAILABLE. .COM3UNISH .

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RUST BE ATTACK ZD AT ITS HOST VULNERABLE AREA EVEN AT COMMUNIST STRATEGY VAS TO STRIKE FREE. WORLD UHERE WEAKEST. MAINLAND CHINAAS CCMHIE WEAKEST POINT AND ALSOEST POTENTIAL THREAT DUE TOIZE. US DID NOT HAVE CORRECT TOOL IN FORM OF FORCES TO USE BEHIND COMMIE LINES. GRC HAD PREPARED THIRTEEN YEARS AND NOW HAD FORCES EQUAL'TO'THE TASK IN VIEW OF CRITICAL MAINLAND SITUATION. GIMO WISHED USG TO KNOW THIS AND TO BE AUARE HIS VIEW

THAT NC'J WAS TIHE"TO TAKE ACTION AND NOT LET OPPORTUNITY SLIP. ]

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BUNDY REPLIED USG AND PRESIDENT IN PARTICULAR FIRMLY HELD ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE OF LIBERATING CAPTIVE PEOPLES INCLUDING PARTICULARLY CHINA MAINLAND. TIH1NG AND CAPABILITY HAD ALWAYS E EN THE ISSUES. USG MUST BE SURE ANY EFFORT WOULD NOT FAIL. THI? AND "IMPORTANCE OF STAKES AS STATED BY GIMO UNDERLINED THAT.XT CONSULTATION AND APPRECIATION OF SITUATION VITAL. MOREOVER THIS PROJECT CONSIDERABLY EXPANDED SCALE C? WILD DRAGON PLANN 1SS3 (FORKAN TEAMS? AND THUS SPECIFICALLY REQUIRED'! .

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GIMO SRItFLY RESPONDED THAT PROJECT SHOULD BE STUDIED

JOIRTLY. THEN EXPANDED SOMEWHAT ON SPECIFICS STATING THAT ;

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CONCLUDED DRGPPING LESSJ3 KAN INITIAL FORCE UOULD -NOT SE EFFECTIVE, CONCLUSION FRCM EXPERIENCE ANDWAS THAT WALLER TEAMS UOULD FAIL AND GIMO WOULD NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITYUCH FAILURE. APPROACHEW PROJECT WAS SAME. BUT MANPOWER GREATER.

BUNDY SAID HE WOULD REPORT VIEWS CAREFULLYI-MIWIVri

CHANNEL. GIMO WELCOMED THIS. CBUNDY DID NOT SPECIFY TO WHOM HE

UOULD" '

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NEXT PART OFO STATEMENTS SOMEWHAT RAMBLING AND COVERED RGUMENTS THAT US COULD USEPROPAGANDA ATTACKS AND' DIFFICULTIES WITH OTHER FREE WORLDAMILIAR ARGUMENTS THAT CHINESE CIVIL UAR HAD NEVER STOPPED AS SHOUN BY OSI SHELLING^

THEREFORE USG COULD ASSERT IT NATURAL THAT GEC FIGHT BACK. ' ITHOUT SPECIFICALLY SO STATING GIMO THEN MOVED TONITIAL PHASE AND ASSUMED GRC FORCES FULLY ENGAGED. ALL THAT CSC WAITED OF US AT'THIS POINT WAS CONTINUED DEFENCE TAIWANNGHUS (NEVER REFERRED'TO OSI). US SHOULD NOT DIRECTLY ENTER WAR '. .MAINLAND. AT ONE POINT GIMO SAID US SHOULD GNLY EXPRESS SYMPATHY

"OHE ON HA INLAND AND GOAL C? LIBERATIONHEN

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LATER SAID US MIGHT ALSO QUOTE SECRETLY OR INDIRECTLY UNQUOTE GIVE 1

LOGISTIC SUPPORT AS-'VELL AS MORAL SUPPORT. WHAT GRC MAINLY VAN TED UAS

US QUOTE TACIT AGREEMENT UNQUOTE THAT COUNTERATTACK PROJECT UAS .VOSTKUHILS EFFORT ON BEHALF FREE UORLD TO LIBERATE MAINLAND.

RATEFUL FOR PAST US MILITARY AID AND NOV CONSIDERED FORCES

ADEQUATE FOR TASX WITHOUT MORE DIRECT US MILITARY SUPPORT.

EUNDY AGAIN REITERATED NEED FOR JOINT CONSULTATION SINCE SUCCESS FAILURE VITAL TO US AS UELL AS GRC AND INDEED TO WHOLE FREE UORLD POSITION. SAID USG COULD SURELY NOT EXTEND TACIT AGREEMENT TO SOMETHING ON WHICH IT HAD NOT BEEN FULLY CONSULTED. GIMO AGREED.

CONVERSATION CONCLUDED AFTER HOUR AND HALF UITH GIMOEST UISHES HCGEORGE BUNDY. BUNDY REMARXED HE CONTINUIDG ON TO

AND PARTICULARLY CONCERNED VIETNAM SITUATION BUT GIMO DIDTHIS

CCallENT. CONVERSATION FRIENDLY THROUGHOUT AND AS ABOVE INDICATES ALMOST WHOLLY ONE-SIDED. OPENING PHASE CARRIED CONSIDERABLE OVERTOP POSSIBLE UNILATERAL ACTION BUT TENOR S" IF TED THEREAFTER TO APPARENT

ACCEPTANCE THESE-OF JOINT STUDY INCLUDING CONTINUED USE

I CHANNEL FOR DISCUSSION THIS SUBJECT. CLOSING GREETING IB UNDERSCORED THAT LENGTH AND THRUST OF CONVERSATION RELATED TO BUNDY FRATERNAL RATHER THAN DOD TIES. flINO NEVER REFERRED DIRECTLY TOPRESIDENT OR SUBMITTING PROJECT FORMALLY TO USQ SO.BELIEVE CONVERSATION DID NOT CHANGE STATUS DISCUSSIONS CONDUCTED THROUGH

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PRINCIPALLY USING UK AT HEAS HIGH LEVEL EAR

AND SEEKING TO MEET OBVIOUS PRINCIPAL US OBJECTIONS AND CONCEITS

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A'JD TO STRESS HIS VIEV THAT NOV UAS TIME TO STRIKE. AMB FULLY

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