John Foster Dulles, USA Secretary of State, landed at Taipei airport on Oct. 21, within 24 hours of the Communist Chinese recommencement of the Quemoy bombardment.
John Foster Dulles, USA Secretary of State, landed at Taipei airport on Oct. 21, within 24 hours of the Communist Chinese recommencement of the Quemoy bombardment. He was on a visit to the Nationalist strong-hold for consultations with Chiang Kai-shek after attending Pope Pius XII's funeral in Rome and a whistle-stop visit to Britain.
The joint communique issued by Chiang and Foster Dulles after the Formosa talks little more than a reaffirmation of the obligations and limitations imposed on the action of the two signatories by the Mutual Defence Treaty of 1955.
Chiang has agreed that restoration of freedom to the Chinese people of the mainland must come about through developments on the mainland and "not the use of force", which some commentators regard as a concession.
For the American side of the discussion table, Mr. Dulles told journalists that the United States would neither attack nor "tolerate attacks" against the Communist mainland. This too has been interpreted as an important development.
When Foster Dulles reached the USA he conferred with the President on Friday, Oct. 24. Afterwards the only comment he would make was an accusation against the Communist Chinese for resuming the bombardment-- which will take place on even dates---- and thus throwing roadblocks in the way of stabilized tranquillity. He thought it possible the firing was "more for psychological than for military purposes".