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Prime Minister and the President of China stated that it was their purpose that territories Japan had stolen from China, such as "Formosa", should be restored to the Republic of China. The United States was a signatory to the Potsdam Declaration of July 26, 1945, which declared that the terms of the Cairo Declaration should be carried out. The provisions of this Declaration were accepted by Japan at the time of its surrender. In keeping with these declarations, Formosa was surrendered to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and for the past four years the United States and the other Allied Powers have accepted the exercise of Chinese authority over the Island.
The United States has no predatory designs on Formosa or on any other Chinese territory. The United States has no desire to obtain special rights or privileges or to establish military bases on Formosa at this time. Nor does it have any intention of utilizing its armed forces to interfere in the present situation. The United States Government will not pursue a course which will lead to involvement in the civil conflict in China.
Similarly, the United States Government will not provide military aid or advice to Chinese forces on Formosa. In the view of the United States Government, the resources on Formosa are adequate to enable them to obtain the items which they might consider necessary for the defense of the Island. The United States Government proposes to continue under existing legislative authority the present ECA program of economic assistance.
133. AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND PROVISIONAL FRENCH GOVERNMENTS ON ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL PROBLEMS, MAY 28, 1946 1
The representatives of the Government of the United States of America and the Provisional Government of the French Republic on May 28 concluded their discussions of the economic and financial problems of interest to their respective countries. Texts of the agreements reached follow:
1. A joint declaration by the President of the United States and the President of the Provisional Government of the French Republic. 2. A joint declaration on commercial policy and related matters. 3. A memorandum of understanding regarding the settlement of lend-lease, reciprocal aid, surplus war property, and financial claims arising out of the conduct of the war.
(a) Joint Declaration by the President of the Provisional Government of the French Republic and the President of the United States
Representatives of the Provisional Government of the French Republic and the Government of the United States have met together
1 Department of State Bulletin of June 9, 1946, pp. 994-1000; June 30, 1946, pp. 1127-1128.
in Washington and have discussed important economic and financial problems of common interest. These problems have included the need for foreign credits for reconstructing and modernizing the French economy, the settlement of lend-lease reciprocal aid and other war accounts, the purchase of United States surplus property situated in France and certain French overseas territories, the purchase of ships owned by the United States, and international commercial policy.
The discussions have brought out clearly the full agreement of the two Governments on cooperation in the fulfillment of the economic objectives which both Governments recognize as essential to world peace and prosperity. The well-being of the people of all nations can be advanced through a full flow of trade which enables each country to maintain higher levels of production and better standards of living. These benefits of world trade can be realized only as the markets of the world are opened to all countries on fair and equal terms. Two two Governments are determined to work together in securing general international acceptance of the world trade proposals of the United States to be considered by a conference of the United Nations.
The reconstruction and modernization of the French economy will facilitate the integration of Europe in the world economy and enable France to resume her place as a great producing and trading nation. The French Delegation has presented a program for reconstructing and modernizing the economy of France. The immediate objective is to restore French production to the prewar level; the ultimate objective is to expand French production to higher levels commensurate with the technical progress of the past two decades. One requisite for the fulfillment of this program is an adequate and assured supply of coal, not only from increased French production, but also from imports of German coal. The United States Government will continue to assist France in securing an adequate supply of coal from Germany.
In the opinion of the American representatives, attainment of the objectives of increased production and trade presented by the French Delegation is necessary to the full and effective participation of France in the world economy. In furtherance of the efforts of the French people to this end, the United States has agreed to the extension of additional credits to France.
At the end of 1945 the Export-Import Bank made a loan of $550 million to France. The Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank have now approved a new line of credit of $650 million. This action has been taken pending the time when the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development will be in full operation.
The two Governments have reached complete agreement for the final settlement of all lend-lease and reciprocal aid, including military and civilian supplies furnished by each Government to the other. They have also agreed on the acquisition of United States army and navy surplus property located in France and certain French overseas territories. Under this Agreement, credits of $720 million have been provided for the purchase of surplus property and for goods supplied to France since the end of the war.
Discussions are taking place for an additional credit, subject to the provisions of the Merchant Ship Sales Act of 1946, whereby France will acquire approximately 750,000 tons of merchant shipping owned by the Government of the United States.
The two Governments believe that the results of the discussions which have now been concluded will help France in reconstructing and modernizing the French economy and are a substantial step towards the achievement of the international economic cooperation which is the prerequisite of a peaceful and prosperous world. They welcome the support of all of the United Nations in establishing a world trading and monetary system which will assure a full flow of commerce to the benefit of the peoples of all countries.
(b) Joint Declaration on Commercial Policy and Related
The Government of the United States of America and the Provisional Government of the French Republic, having concluded comprehensive discussions on commercial policy and related matters, find themselves in full agreement on the general principles which they desire to see established to achieve the liberation and expansion of international trade, which they deem to be essential to the realization of world-wide prosperity and lasting peace.
The French Government has made known to the United States Government the measures which it has taken and intends to take to make possible the attainment of this common objective. The French Government has also made known to the United States Government its plan for the reconstruction and modernization of the French economy. In accordance with the letters exchanged on November 8, 1945, the two Governments have examined this plan and have agreed that the attainment of its objectives should make possible full participation by France in the cooperative achievement of an expanding world economy.
The two Governments have studied the problems involved in the construction of a general framework for world trade and have also examined a number of specific questions relating to commercial policy and other matters which are of interest to themselves and to other countries. The following joint statement by the two Governments summarizes the understandings reached in these discussions.
The two Governments are in complete agreement, at all important points, on the principles expressed in the "Proposals for Consideration by an International Conference on Trade and Employment" submitted to the French Government by the Government of the United States. They have therefore resolved to continue discussions between themselves and with other like-minded countries in order to give effect to these principles in the Charter of the proposed International Trade Organization. The two Governments are of the opinion that the prior conclusion of agreements among the major trading nations of the world for the substantial reduction of tariffs and other barriers to trade and for the removal of discriminatory arrangements would contribute greatly to the success of the World Conference.
The French Government has advised the United States Government of the following policies:
(a) A new French tariff is being prepared which will contain ad valorem duties only and which will not increase the degree of protection over the level which existed prior to the war. This new
tariff will serve as the level from which reciprocal reductions will be negotiated in the forthcoming multilateral conference.
(b) France has definitely abandoned its pre-war policy of protecting French producers with import quotas.
(c) The French Government has reiterated that it has abandoned the price equalization (perequation) procedure which it was compelled to use provisionally during the period prior to the revaluation of the franc in order to facilitate exports.
The French Government has made clear that it must maintain import controls within the framework of an import program but that it will maintain such controls only so long as they are necessary to safeguard the equilibrium of its balance of payments and to achieve in an orderly way its plan of reconstruction and modernization. The French Government will administer the issuance of import licenses under the French import program without discrimination as among foreign sources of supply as soon as France possesses, or is able to earn, sufficient free foreign exchange so that it is no longer necessary for her to make her purchases within the limits of bilateral trade and financial arrangements.
The two Governments have reached a mutually satisfactory understanding on the return to private channels of trade between France and the United States. The French Government has already restored to private channels a large part of the import trade of France and its colonies, and will continue to curtail the foreign procurement activities of the Government.
French Government procurement in the United States will be limited to equipment for public corporations and agencies. For the time being, Government procurement will also be continued for a restricted list of items, such as short supply foodstuffs, steel, lumber, tires and certain medical supplies.
Temporarily, a part of French imports will be handled by associations of private traders, (groupements), until the difficulties of loading, shipment, and transport of essential supplies and their distribution in France are overcome.
The French Supply Council in the United States will continue to operate on a reduced scale, engaging principally in the liquidation of outstanding contracts and governmental procurement as indicated above. It will limit its purchases to the satisfaction of essential civilian requirements; it will make the maximum practicable use of normal trade channels; it will pursue methods consistent with commercial practices and it will cease operations as soon as possible.
The two Governments have agreed that important benefits would accrue to both countries from a substantial expansion of French exports to the United States. They have discussed certain United States laws and regulations, which, in the opinion of the French Government, tend to hamper unduly the importation of French products into the United States. Special attention has been given to trade mark and copyright legislation, the use of geographic names related to particular products, price control of imported goods, and valuation of imported goods for the assessment of customs duties. The various agencies of the United States Government which are concerned with these matters have agreed to give careful and sympathetic consideration to the views of the French Government, and to study the possibility of altering their administrative procedures or recommending to the Congress the revision of existing legislation.
The two Governments have agreed, subject to participation in the program by other important industrial nations, each to license freely and without royalty to the nationals of the other, on conditions of reciprocity, all former German-owned patents which have come into the full possession of either Government, reserving only those rights which have already been granted with respect to such patents. The two Governments believe that the general adoption of this policy will eliminate an important barrier to international trade and will contribute substantially to the achievement of expanding world economy. In accordance with these objectives, they have agreed, at some future time, jointly to consider other questions relating to German patents.
The French Government will accord to American nationals who have suffered damage to their properties in France, through causes originating in the war, compensation equal to that payable to French nationals having the same types and extent of losses. The United States Government has informed the French Government that equality of treatment is accorded to French and American nationals with reference to war damages to property in the United States.
In order to provide a sound framework for the expansion of mutually beneficial economic relations between their two countries, the Governments of France and the United States have agreed to begin negotiations as soon as possible looking toward the conclusion of a modern and comprehensive Treaty of Establishment, Commerce and Navigation. DONE at Washington, in duplicate, in the English and French languages, this 28th day of May, 1946.
For the Government of the United States of America:
JAMES F. BYRNES
For the Provisional Government of the French Republic: