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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Questions of April 13, 1994

1. CHINA Q: What can you tell us about the Secretary's meeting today with Dr. Song Jian, Chinese State Councillor and Minister-in-Charge of the State Science and Technology Commission?

A: THE SECRETARY AND DR. SONG HAD A 45-MINUTE EXCHANGE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS.

--THE SECRETARY NOTED THAT OUR CONTINUING EXCHANGES IN THE FIELDS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, SUCH AS THE JOINT COMMISSION MEETING IN WASHINGTON THIS WEEK, ARE FINE EXAMPLES ON HOW BOTH COUNTRIES BENEFIT FROM MUTUAL COOPERATION.

--HE EXPRESSED THE USG'S SATISFACTION THAT THERE IS COMMON GROUND IN MANY AREAS OF THE RELATIONSHIP, BUT THAT A SIGNIFICANT CLOUD REMAINS IN HUMAN RIGHTS.

--THE SECRETARY STATED THAT WE ARE DEEPLY TROUBLED BY RECENT EVENTS IN CHINA AND IN PARTICULAR, THE DETENTION OF INDIVIDUALS FOR EXERCISING THEIR UNIVERSALLY RECOGNIZED RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.

THE SECRETARY NOTED THAT ONLY SIX WEEKS REMAINED BEFORE THE PRESIDENT MUST MAKE HIS MFN DECISION. HE EXPRESSED OUR HOPE THAT THE CHINESE WOULD MAKE "OVERALL, SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS" IN HUMAN RIGHTS AS CALLED FOR IN THE EXECUTIVE ORDER.

DR. SONG TOLD THE SECRETARY THAT HE WOULD CONVEY THIS MESSAGE TO THE CHINESE LEADERSHIP.

2. CHINA Q. What is the State/lNS team doing in Beijing? Is it to discuss asylum seekers?

A. A STATE DEPARTMENT/INS TEAM IS VISITING BEIJING TO DISCUSS COOPERATION ON LAW ENFORCEMENT MATTERS AND IN PARTICULAR THE PROBLEM OF ALIEN SMUGGLING. THESE WORKING LEVEL DISCUSSIONS ARE A FOLLOW-UP TO INM ASSISTANT SECRETARY GELBARD'S FEBRUARY INTER-AGENCY VISIT TO CHINA. IT IS AN ON-GOING PROCESS.

3. BOSNIA Q. Is there a UN military observer missing in Bosnia?

A. IT IS OUR UNDERSTANDING THAT A DUTCH UN MILITARY OBSERVER WHO HAD BEEN TRAVELING FROM ZEPA TO SARAJEVO IS MISSING AND PRESUMED DETAINED AT A BOSNIAN SERB CHECKPOINT.

-ALL OTHER UN MILITARY OBSERVERS IN BOSNIA REPORTEDLY HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THEIR HEADQUARTERS.

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