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U.S. Department of State
95/11/16 Briefing:  China
Office of the Spokesman

                         U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE 
                          Office of the Spokesman 
                               (Osaka, Japan) 
For Immediate Release                                November 16, 1995 
                        PRESS AVAILABILITY WITH  
                           New Otani Hotel 
                            Osaka, Japan 
SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER:  Good afternoon.  I am pleased to meet today with 
my colleague, Vice Premier and Foreign Minister Qian Qichen of China.  
Today marks my fourth meeting with the Vice Premier in the last three 
and a half months, beginning with our important meeting in Brunei.  I 
look forward to today as a means for sustaining the positive momentum we 
have achieved over this period. 
As members of the APEC forum, the United States and China share an 
interest in promoting the continuing economic growth and integration of 
the Asia Pacific region.  As members of the ASEAN Regional Forum, we 
share an interest in promoting a more secure region through dialogue and 
confidence-building measures.  And as great nations who sit together as 
permanent members of the UN Security Council, our two countries have a 
shared interest in promoting stability, security and prosperity around 
the world. 
In our talks today, the Foreign Minister and I want to build on the 
positive meeting between Presidents Clinton and Jiang last month at the 
United Nations 50th Anniversary commemoration.  There, our two leaders 
agreed on the central importance of strong ties between our two 
countries and the need to restore positive momentum in our relationship.  
While our two nations have differences in important areas such as human 
rights, nevertheless I believe that we are both prepared to discuss 
those differences in an open and constructive manner. 
The recognition of the importance of the U.S.-China relationship has 
enabled us to invigorate our bilateral dialogue.  We are very pleased 
that Ambassador-Designate Li Daoyu has returned to Washington -- and 
with a little cooperation from the United States Senate, we hope Senator 
Sasser will be in Beijing soon. 
Contacts between our countries on security issues are resuming -- 
Defense Assistant Secretary Nye is in China today meeting for talks with 
his Chinese counterparts.  We are also seeking areas of agreement in 
preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction -- a matter 
of great concern regionally and globally.  We can advance our common 
interest in non-proliferation by moving forward on a zero-yield 
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. 
By working together, the United States and China can more effectively 
address a number of issues that are basically common international 
challenges.  Our two countries have agreed to work together in fighting 
international crime, narcotics trafficking and money laundering -- the 
kind of security challenges that President Clinton referred to in his UN 
speech last month.  We are pursuing high-level talks on the environment, 
sustainable development, and energy as well as United Nations issues. 
Finally, as two important economies, we share very important economic 
interests that we will be discussing today.  The United States has a 
large stake in China's dynamic economy, and we are working to try to 
enlarge our opportunities for trade and investment in China.  We 
staunchly support China's accession to the WTO at the earliest possible 
time.  We will continue to work with China to ensure that its accession 
takes place on appropriate terms. 
In closing, let me say that our relationship with China is one of our 
most important bilateral relationships, and I thank the Minister for his 
help in enabling us to work constructively on this important 
relationship and invigorate it and to build momentum.  Thank you very 
FOREIGN MINISTER QIAN:  I am very pleased to have this opportunity to 
meet once again with Secretary of State, Mr. Christopher.  Both of us 
are here for the APEC Ministerial Meeting.  And, China and the United 
States share a lot of common ground within APEC, although there is no 
denying that we are divided on certain issues.  Today, I'm happy to tell 
you that the two countries have reached agreement in their consultation. 
So, we are not divided anymore on the action agenda which is going to be 
adopted smoothly.   
President Jiang Zemin and President Clinton not long ago in New York, 
they had a very good meeting, during which they emphasized the shared 
common interests that exist between the two countries, despite the fact 
that there are some differences.  Both sides expressed their willingness 
to view the Sino-U.S. relationship from a strategic perspective and with 
an eye on the 21st Century.  Both sides would work together so that the 
bilateral relationship could enjoy stable and sustained development on 
the basis of the three Sino-U.S. Joint Communiqués.   
During today's meeting, we are going to exchange views on issues of 
common interest, as well as how to resume and broaden our cooperation in 
some fields.  Of course, there is no denying that there are some 
differences and contradictions that exist between us that need to be 
addressed and tackled.  The Secretary of State Mr. Christopher has 
enumerated some areas of importance that will be discussed in our 
meeting.  I think that he would also not forget the question the 
question of Taiwan, which is a very sensitive issue in our bilateral 
relationship.  And this question also deserves very careful discussion 
in our meeting today.   
It is my hope that this meeting could result in better mutual 
understanding and more common ground between the two countries, thus 
sustaining the good momentum of growth in our bilateral relationship.   
Thank you. 
QUESTION (to Foreign Minister Qian):  I'm a correspondent from the 
People's Daily.  It is reported that President Clinton might not be able 
to attend the informal leadership meeting, thus causing the cancellation 
of the summit meeting between the two presidents.  My question is, how 
do you view the future of the Sino-U.S. relationship? 
FOREIGN MINISTER QIAN:  The U.S. side has announced that, due to 
domestic political reasons, President Clinton would cancel his trip to 
Japan, thus making it impossible for us to proceed with the prearranged 
appointments.  But I don't think that this would have a direct, negative 
impact on the Sino-U.S. relationship.   
QUESTION (to Foreign Minister Qian, from Newsweek):   
If Li Teng-hui wins the election in Taiwan next year, and the U.S. 
congress votes in favor of inviting him once again to the United States, 
what will your government's reaction be? 
FOREIGN MINISTER QIAN:  We have also heard some views aired by some U.S. 
congressmen.  In that case, it would be a very serious problem.  
However, I don't think that represents a position of the U.S. 
QUESTION (to Foreign Minister Qian):  I'm a correspondent from CCTV.  Is 
the Chinese Government satisfied with the progress and discussion in the 
APEC meeting so far, and how do you view the future development of APEC? 
FOREIGN MINISTER QIAN:  In the run-up to the APEC ministerial meeting, 
the senior officials had a lengthy and detailed discussion.  As a 
result, they reached agreement on an overwhelming majority of the 
issues.  And for the remaining, more difficult issues, they were finally 
resolved last night when all the sides reached agreement.  So, I'm 
confident that this meeting would be successful, and it will also be 
useful to strengthen the economic development in the Asia-Pacific 
QUESTION (to Secretary Christopher):  Mr. Secretary, what is your 
purpose in going back to Dayton tomorrow?  Is there a peace deal at 
hand, or there still uncertainty? 
SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER:  A word of explanation first.  In Dayton, Ohio, 
there are talks going on to try to resolve the conflict in former 
Yugoslavia.  There are talks between the presidents of the three 
countries involved there:  Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia.  I've said, from 
time to time, I would go back to those talks if I could be helpful.  
I've been at the talks now three times, and it appears to me that it 
might be useful for me to go back again on my way back to Washington.  
My present plans are somewhat uncertain, but the likelihood is that I'll 
return there, probably for meetings sometime on Saturday.  My hope is 
that my presence there will move the issues along.  The issues are very 
difficult.  There are very contentious issues between the parties, but I 
hope that by meeting with the parties and assisting them both in the 
proximity talks, as well as in talks between the leaders, we might 
continue to make progress.  And that's the reason I'll be going back. 
Thank you. 
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