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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 5, May 1955 - File 022. 1955-05. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. May 27, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/419/show/371.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 5, May 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 5, May 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
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  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date May 1955
Language eng
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  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript Testimony of Owen Lattimore before Senate Subcommittee to Investigate Internal Security, February 28, 1952. Senators present: Pat McCarran (D-Nev.l. Chairman Herbert R. O'Conor (D-Md.l Willis Smith (D-N.C.l Homer Ferguson (R-Mi'ch.l Wm. E. Jenner (R-lnd.l Arthur V. Watkins (R-Utah) Owen Lattimore 7 < CHINA LOBBY I.Senator O'Conor presiding) Sen. Ferguson: Would you name the China Lobby? \In. Lattimore: The China Lobby. Senator, is, I think, something that has been characterized, in a political rather lhan legal use of terminology, as an open conspiracy. Sen. FERGUSON: I understood yesterday you did not know what a conspiracy' "ei~. Mr. Lattimore: Thai is why I sniel this morning, "in political rather than legal terminology." I don't know whal a conspiracy is in legal terminology. Sen. Ferguson: Do you know what it is politically? Mr. Lattimore: The expression "open conspiracy" is one thai is fairly frequent in the writing of political scientists. Sen. Ferguson: When is It? When is an "open conspiracy." politically? Mk. Lattimore: I was jusl trying to get to that. Senator. An open conspiracy may be said to exist when people who are leagued together, not as members of an organization bill because they have a common purpose, do not claim to be a membership organization but openly slate what their objectives are and openly advertise their sympathies with each other, and quote each other s opinions and works, and so forth. Sen. Ferguson: Would you give us the common purpose of lhe China Lobby? Mr. Lattimore: The common purpose of the China Lobby is to make support of the driftwood governmenl on the beaches of Formosa a primary ob- jective of American foreign policy, subordinating other questions of policy In the consideration of all-out aid to Chiang Kai-shek: the activation of a campaign, based on Formosa, for the recovery of the mainland, and so forth. Sen. Fercuson: As I understand it. then, you speak of the Nationalist government as the "driftwood" government? Mr. Lattimore: I think thai thai is Page 20 a fair circumstantial characterization. Senator. Sen. Ferguson: You once worked for Chiang Kai-shek. Mr. Lattimore: It was not a driftwood governmenl al thai time. I worked for Chiang Kai-shek and I did the bi'sl I could for him. Sen. Ferguson: Did you kno« thai the Communist line changed in Julv of 1943, and that vour magazine carried the change of the parly line, as far as Chiang Kai-shek's government was concerned? Mn. Lattimore: Senator, in the Tydings hearings, it was repeatedly as- serted— The Chairman: The question is: Did vou know ii? That can be answered "yes" or "no." I kn of it as Mn. Lattimore: Ye of 1950. Sin. Ferguson: Now, when did you change against the Nationalist government, againsl what vmi called the "driftwood government"? Mr. Lattimore: I. Senator, did not change against any government. I would find it hard to document my answer lure exactly, but I think about 19—oh. by the end of the war, I had grave doubts whether the Nationalist governmenl could siir\ive a civil wen: anil bv 1947 I was sure that they couldn't win a civil war; and I think by about 1948 I whs convinced they were going lo lose the civil war. Sen. Ferguson: Do you know now thai your own government, lhe 1 nited States government, is supporting whal vou class as the' "driftwood" government ? Mu. Lattimore: I ilo. and I ihink it is a mistaken policy. Sin. Ferguson: Ami you arc challenging lhe opinion and lhe honesty of pee,pie- w lio vou cleiim are assembled together as the China Lobby, who are supporting lhe very thing lhal their governmenl i~ supporting, thai is. the Nationalist governmenl of China; is thai not a fact? —Wide World Photo Owen Lattimore Mn. Lattimore: Mo, sir. nol exactlyi I am maintaining my own opinion as an expert, so far as I am an expert, lhal the government on Formosa is nol viable for a long period. I think any policy based on lhal assumption i- a mistake" policy thai will lead us eventually it'1" great difficulties. You have said thai ' nave challenged the good faith Sin. Smith: pression lhal I i on are- using an i'v have been hearing "" eunl on .Mi since I have been here, >0' the lasl year and a half, and you tt& "victims of the China Lobby." And I lia\c never yet been able to get anybodj to identify the China Lobby. Who arc the personnel of the China Lobby, no* would you mind telling me. nol only l°r pasi understanding bul also for futuf* guidance? Who are the China Lobby- Mn. Lattimore: Senator, your 'i'"'". lion follows on from a question ei-^''1 me by Senator Ferguson a moment "r"' However, I will do my best io ampin) it. As I say, I believe ii is a rather am°r' phous body, an open conspiracy nil'"! than a tight membership organization- believe liieil one mighl say that il ""' sists partly of professional or aineiH'" lobbyists in the usual sense; thai il " _ mercenaries, and lhal il also has "'"' sional allies, sort of guerrilla troOK skirmishing around the fringe: -' therefore, if one names any one the China Lobby in exactly sense as another person. Hui (Continued < person. the .-■'",",' I shouW i, Pag' '"' I) FACTS FORUM NEWS, May, 1,S
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