As soon as the Sino-American talks began in Peking on Monday (22 August), American Secretary of State Cyrus Vance said the United States aimed at establishing full diplomatic links with Peking.
As soon as the Sino-American talks began in Peking on Monday (22 August), American Secretary of State Cyrus Vance said the United States aimed at establishing full diplomatic links with Peking. The Chinese Foreign Minister Huang Hua repeated their wish that the United States should sever links with Taiwan, which have been so far the main stumbling block to full relationships between Washington and Peking.
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Mr. Vanco's promise not to buzz around the world as often as his predecessor, Dr. Henry Kissinger, has long vanished in his slipstream. He's greeted on arrival by Foreign Minister Huang Hua.
Mr. Vance's visit is the Carter Administration's first direct top-level contact with the new Chinese leadership. He was due to get straight down to formal talks with his hosts.
The Americans said in advance they regarded these talks as exploratory and not likely to have immediate impact on Sino-American relations. But the Chinese have been reported as chafing privately at the slow rate of bringing relations to full diplomatic stature. On this visit, the Americans did not want to discuss Taiwan is early discussions, which were to range over Europe, Asia, the mediterranean and the Middle East. Taiwan was to be raised later as a bilateral issue.
Big crowds usually turned out to greet visitors of Mr. Vance's rank. Those he glimpsed from his speeding motorcade were especially animated. He'd flown in less than 48 hours after the climax of the 11th Party Congress, the first since Chairman Mao Tse-tung died last year. Thousands had thronged Peking streets to celebrate the final stages of Purging radicals from the government.
The solid ranks of marchers moving purposefully along the streets, and the energetic musicians, were holding a lively wake that marked the official death of the 11-year-old Cultural Revolution.