Taiwan urged the United States to take action to ensure the island's security as officials of the two countries began talks in Taipei on Thursday (28 December).
Taiwan urged the United States to take action to ensure the island's security as officials of the two countries began talks in Taipei on Thursday (28 December). The two countries are discussing future relations after last week's announcement of the normalisation of relations between China snd the United State, beginning on the first of january, 1979.
SYNOPSIS: The delegation from the United States is headed by Deputy Secretary of State, Mr. Warren Christopher. He arrived with other members of the mission to a cordial welcome at Taipei's military airport.
But the scene outside the airport was not so cordial.
The motorcade carrying the delegation from the United States faced a hall of rotten eggs, rocks and paint in a demonstration staged by 30,000 students, Some members of the party were slightly injured by flying glass. The government of the United States lodged a strong protest on Wednesday night (27 december). In Washington, government sources said President Carter conferred with Secretary of State Cyrus Vance on whether top proceed with the talks. They decided they should go ahead as planned despite the attack on the motorcade. The motorcade was blocked by the demonstrators for about twenty minutes.
Police reinforcements were called in on Thursday (28 December) to try and disperse another demonstration outside the Foreign Ministry. Because of the more than 20,000 protestors, the meeting between the Taiwanese and United States delegations was postponed until the afternoon while police attempted to control the angry crowds.
The visit of the United States delegation will include wide-ranging discussions on United States-Taiwan links after the United States severs military and diplomatic ties with the Nationalists. The security of Taiwan after the termination of the mutual defence treaty was expected to be a key issue. The United States has pledged to continue supplying Taiwan with defensive weapons. Other future commercial links between the two countries will also be discussed.
The demonstrators, reflecting the bitterness felt in Taiwan about the United States decision to establish diplomatic relations with China shouted insults against President Jimmy Carter. A Taipei taxi driver set his car on fire and attempted to commit suicide to protest the U.S. move.