I have read with profound appreciation the kind sentiments which you have
expressed in your letter of December 1422. For
text, see Foreign Relations, 1958-1960, vol.
XIX, pp. 747-749. regarding my work and United
States assistance to the Republic of China during the past eight years.
The close and fruitful relations that have existed between our two
countries during this period have been a source of great gratification
to me. As I made clear during my visit to Taiwan last June, I have been
deeply impressed by the fortitude with which the Republic of China,
under your dedicated leadership, has resisted Communist aggressive
threats and pressures and by the energy and skill with which your
government has moved to promote the economic and social development of
Taiwan. I am proud that the United States through its military and
economic assistance programs has been able to help the Republic of China
develop its military and economic strength.
In closing, I wish to reiterate my deep admiration for a staunch and
courageous ally and my hope that the friendly ties that unite the
Chinese and American peoples and the solidarity of our two countries
will be strengthened even further in the future.
With the Season's Greetings,
Dwight D. Eisenhower”
Foregoing is reply to following letter from Chiang
to President delivered by Chinese Embassy here:
[Here follows the text of Chiang's letter of
December 14, 1960.]
White House desires text President's letter not become public.
* Source: Department of State, Central Files,
793.5-MSP/1-1261. Confidential; Presidential Handling. Drafted by
Deputy Director of the Office of Chinese Affairs LaRue R. Lutkins;
cleared by Assistant Staff Secretary to the President Colonel John
S.D. Eisenhower, Deputy
Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs John M. Steeves, and Under
Secretary for Political Affairs Livingston T. Merchant; and approved
by Raymond L. Perkins of the Executive Secretariat.
1 Telegram 390 from Taipei reported that the message
would be delivered to Chiang that afternoon.
C-130B was not sent. A memorandum of January 24, 1962, from Deputy
Assist-ant Secretary of Defense William
P. Bundy to Secretary of Defense McNamara states that the
Department of State had delayed action because of “certain
reservations about the probable use to which the C-130 would be put”
and that arrangements were made to substitute a C-54, which was
delivered on August 28. (Washington National Records Center, RG 330,
Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, OSD Files: FRC 66 A 3542, 091 China)