(1) That to deny a visa to a political refugee is contrary to our
traditions, and to do this because of pressure, even from a friendly
government, is still worse.
(2) This matter has been pressed urgently with the Department over a long
period of time by Senator Fulbright and others.
(3) Liao will not in fact make anything like the amount of noise in the
United States that the Chinese claim.
(4) The case is not in itself as important to the Chinese as they are now
saying, and the fuss on this particular issue will die down.
More broadly, the Secretary agrees strongly with you that Drumright is not representing our point
of view effectively. While it has to be borne in mind that his recall at
this time will probably confirm the Generalissimo's worst suspicions,
the Secretary still agrees with you and is proceeding with plans for his
recall for consultation. On the result of this consultation, as I
understand it, would hang a decision on his return.
The Secretary is planning himself to have a prompt and serious talk with
the Chinese Ambassador here, and will let you know what comes of that.
He also thinks that we ought to arrange to get either
Chiang's son, Ching-kuo, or the Foreign
Minister over here promptly, and on that visit he would hope to have
your direct and forceful participation.
Meanwhile, the Chinese attitude makes it harder than ever for us to put
our weight behind a “successor states” proposal for the UN, and as time passes, the prospect of an effective operation on
this line gets weaker. In other words, the Chinese are hard at work
creating exactly the situation they should wish to avoid, and that is
what the Secretary will tell the Ambassador.
* Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Countries
Series, China. Secret.
1 The conversation took place at
1 p.m. on June 24. According to notes prepared in Rusk's office,
Bundy told Rusk the President “had taken him to task” about the
Chinese representation problem, thought Drumright “should be recalled,” and was wondering if
the decision on the Liao visa was made with Rusk's knowledge. Rusk stated that the visa decision
was his own judgment. Bundy said the President
“was startled to see all that flap over one man.” Rusk said there had been nothing in
the press, and Bundy replied that Kennedy's information came from a
cable. Bundy asked if the President should see
Yeh; Rusk said he should see the Foreign
Minister if he came, but not the Ambassador. (Department of State,
Rusk Files: Lot 72 D 192,
2 Printed from a copy that
bears these typed initials.