The United States Secretary of State, Mr. William Rogers, has had a series of meetings?
The United States Secretary of State, Mr. William Rogers, has had a series of meetings with foreign diplomats to brief them on President Nixon's trip to the People's Republic of China.
On Friday, (3 March), Mr. Rogers talked with European ambassadors to Washington and explained to them the substance of the meetings between President Nixon, Chou En-Lai, and Chairman Mao Tse Tung.
Twenty four hours earlier Mr. Rogers had separate meetings with the Ambassador for Taiwan, Mr. James Shen and the Japanese Ambassador, Mr. Nobuhiko Ushiba.
During his meeting with Mr. Shen, Mr. Rogers emphasised that the United State remains committed to the 1954 Defence Treaty with Taiwan.
(While Mr. Rogers has been briefing foreign ambassadors in Washington, the Assistant Secretary of State, Mr. Marshall Green, has been touring Asia talking to various governments about the China trip. His itinerary includes visits to Taiwan, South Korea and the Philippines--three countries that have expressed concern at the implications of President Nixon's trip to Peking).
SYNOPSIS: The State Department in Washington--were on Friday diplomats from various European countries were invited to talk to United States Secretary of State Rogers. The aim of the meeting: to provide European governments with first-hand information about President Nixon's visit to the People's Republic of China. From Mr. Rogers, the envoys heard an account of the extensive talks between Mr. Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-Lai. They also heard of the meeting between the President and Chairman Mao Tse-Tung.
Twenty-four hours earlier, another visitor to the State Department was the Japanese Ambassador, Mr. Nobuhiko Ushiba. He requested a meeting with Mr. Rogers after receiving instructions from Tokyo. He, too, was interested in the recently completed China trip. Later, when he left the State Department. Mr. Ushiba said the information held received from Mr. Rogers was similar to that given the Japanese Prime Minister earlier in the week by the United States Assistant Secretary of State, Mr. Marshall Green, now touring Asian capitals.
Also invited to meet Mr. Rogers was Taiwan's Ambassador to Washington, Mr. James Shen. He was assured that, despite the communique issued at the and of Mr. Nixon's China visit, the United States remained committed to its Defence Treaty with Taiwan. Said Mr. Shen when he left--"I understand a little more now, but I have no comment on my personal feelings."