President Nixon's statement on friday that he "hopes and expects to visit China", coming in the wake of the friendly visit t the People's Republic of China by the US table tennis team, has increased the possibility of a change in US policy towards Taiwan.
MV Taiwan Foreign Minister being interviewed SOF IN "I am rather amused.... SOF OFF ....as Chinese"
TRANSCRIPT: Wai T'ao Ming: "I am rather amused and amazed by the excessive importance attached to the so-called ping-pong diplomacy. Maybe the Peking people laugh at those abroad who are entertaining illusions from the so-called ping pong tactics."
Reporter: "Would your Government be prepared to consider an arrangement of the sort that's been suggested, that say might seat Peking in the Security Council and allow you to retain a seat in the General Assembly?"
Wei T'ao Ming: "Oh for Heaven's sake no. You see the trouble is that people in the outside world do to quite realise that this regime in Peking words) that philosophy in practice we would be unChinese ourselves. So there is no question of co-existence at all."
Reporter: "It's been suggested by some Japanese visitors to Peking that the communists might try to open some direct talks with you over the UN question. Do you think that this is likely and how would you react?"
Wei T'ao Ming: "Well, the communist regime in Peking has launched psycho-logical warfare in the last year and a half. This is a part of such a war of nerves. It is absurd that we should discuss such a question with them. As I said a while ago, the Chinese people cannot accept that regime, which was imposed on them as Chinese."
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Background: President Nixon's statement on friday that he "hopes and expects to visit China", coming in the wake of the friendly visit t the People's Republic of China by the US table tennis team, has increased the possibility of a change in US policy towards Taiwan.
The United States has treaty obligations to the Taiwan regime, and for more than twenty years has supported its claim to be the sole representative of the Chinese people at the United Nations.
But recently the State Department suggested direct negotiations between Taiwan and the People's Republic over the sovereignty of Taiwan, something the Chiang Kai-Shek regime has never before looked like accepting.
In this interview by the BBC Tokyo correspondent Bob Kearsley, Taiwan Foreign Minister Wei T'ao Ming showed no sign at all of accepting any progress to co-existence with the mainland.