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December 12, 1957

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT (SYNGMAN RHEE) TO MINISTER DUK SHIN CHOI

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    President Rhee briefly discuses what he believes to be President Eisenhower's "pace-at-any-cost policy" in regards to the threat of communism in Asia.
    "Letter from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi," December 12, 1957, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, B-334-016, The Korean Legation in Vietnam, Reports from the Korean Mission to the United Nations and Republic of Korea Embassies and Legations, Syngman Rhee Institute, Yonsei University. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/121041
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December 12, 1957

No. 102

To: Minister Duk Shin Choi, Saigon

From: The President

I have received your Weekly Report No. 065 dated November 29 together w it h the enclosures and want to thank you for it.

I read with much interest the report on your conversation with the Australian envoy in regard to the situation in Laos. What else can you expect if these people try to form a coalition government. The fact is President Eisenhower's peace-at-any-cost policy is felt all over Asia and the Communists are forging ahead and winning without risking one rifle shot.

Your observation is absolutely correct. As long as the Western powers do not take the offensive we can expect one nation after another to fall into the Red trap.

In case there is a Burmese representative stationed in Vietnam, I wish you would quietly approach him and tell him that some of our people who have been in Burma think their airport facilities which handle tourists are the best in the Orient and that we would like to know who drew up the plans, the name of the contractors, etc. I caution you to use tact when asking for such information.

I thank you also tor the UP report on the Malayan situation.

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