FLASH PEKING TO FOREIGN OFFICE
Telno 654 7 June 1967
Addressed to Foreign Office telegram No. 654 of 7 June Repeated for information to Washington
After a day of mass demonstrations outside my house and office in connexion with the Middle East war, at 4.40 p.m. a motley crowd of so-called foreign experts entered the office courtyard and proceeded to break many of the windows on the ground floor as well as the flower pots outside. Some broke into the front hall and destroyed The Queen’s portrait. They also hauled down and tore up the flag. Mr. Whitney went outside to receive a protest and they then went away. No one was injured, though Mr. Whitney and Mr. Blishen who accompanied him were struck.
2. The group included Arabs, Africans, Americans, and even British (I spotted Mrs. Epstein nee Fairfax-Cholmondeley). There were also some Chinese Press men with cameras. The police made no, (repeat no) attempt to interfere.
3. We telephoned Protocol Department to report what had occurred and request effective police measures to prevent a repetition. Their reply was that "the action of the revolutionary masses was completely justified".
Sent 0945Z 7 June 1967
Reed 1017Z 7 June 1967
[Repeated as requested]
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出处：英国外交部档案 FCO 21/847
IMMEDIATE FOREIGN OFFICE TO PEKING
TELNO.460 7 JUNE, 1967 (FED)
ADDRESSED TO PEKING TELEGRAM NO 460 OF 7/6 REPEATED FOR INFORMATION PRIORITY TO HONG KONG AND ROUTINE TO WASHINGTON.
MR. RODGERS SUMMONED THE CHINESE ACTING CHARGE D'AFFAIRES ON 7 JUNE AND DELIVERED THE STRONGEST PROTEST ABOUT THE WAY IN WHICH A DISORDERLY MOB HAD BROKEN INTO THE PREMISES OF OUR MISSION IN PEKING IN A MOST SHAMEFUL WAY, SMASHED WINDOWS DESTROYED A PORTRAIT OF THE QUEEN AND TORN UP THE UNION FLAG. TWO MEMBERS OF THE MISSION WERE MANHANDLED. THE CHINESE POLICE ON DUTY HAD MADE NO ATTEMPT WHATSOEVER TO INTERVENE. WHEN THE PROTOCOL DEPARTMENT OF THE FOREIGN MINISTRY WAS INFORMED OF WHAT HAD OCCURRED, THEY FAILED TO GIVE GUARANTEES OF PROTECTION AND TRIED INSTEAD TO CLAIM THAT THESE ACTIVITIES WERE QUOTE COMPLETELY JUSTIFIED UNQUOTE. SUCH A FAILURE TO PROVIDE PROTECTION FOR A DIPLOMATIC MISSION WAS QUITE OUT OF KEEPING WITH THE NORMAL CONDUCT OF RELATIONS BETWEEN TWO COUNTRIES. WE RESERVED THE RIGHT TO DEMAND FULL COMPENSATION.
WE HERE WERE PREPARED TO GIVE DUE PROTECTION TO THE CHINESE OFFICE AND ITS PERSONNEL. WE EXPECTED THAT THE SAME SHOULD BE DONE IN PEKING.
4. SHEN P'ING (WHO WAS CLEARLY WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS)SAID THAT HE HAD NO INFORMATION ABOUT THESE INCIDENTS. THE QUOTE THE U.S. IMPERIALISTS AND THElR STOOGES ISRAEL UNQUOTE HAD LAUNCHED AN AGGRESSIVE WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST WITH BRITISH SUPPORT. THE CHINESE GOVT. HAD MADE ITS SUPPORT OF THE ARABS QUITE CLEAR IN A STATEMENT. THE ACTIONS OF THE REVOLUTIONARY PEOPLE IN OPPOSING AN AGGRESSIVE WAR WERE QUITE JUSTIFIED. HE REJECTED THE PROTEST.
5. MR. RODGERS SAID THAT IT WAS QUITE IRRELEVANT TO TALK ABOUT CHINESE GOVT. POLICY TOWARDS THE MIDDLE EAST WAR. THE POINT AT ISSUE WAS THAT THE CHINESE GOVT. HAD COMPLETELY FAILED TO GIVE PROPER PROTECTION TO A DIPLOMATIC MISSION. THIS HAD NO CONNEXION WHATSOEVER WITH ANY QUESTION OF CHINESE GOVT.POLICY. WE EXPECTED THAT PROTECTION WOULD BE GIVEN REGARDLESS OF THE POLICY OF THE CHINESE GOVT.
4. THE PRESS ARE BEING GIVEN THE SUBSTANCE OF THE ABOVE.
SOSFA SENT 2037Z 7 JUNE
出处： 英国外交部档案FCO 21_33