In Peking, United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance has held his second day of talks with Chinese foreign minister Huang Hua.
In Peking, United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance has held his second day of talks with Chinese foreign minister Huang Hua. The Americans are hoping the discussions may pave the way towards full diplomatic relations between the two countries.
SYNOPSIS: When they began their talks on Monday (22nd August) the American Secretary of State reviewed his government's foreign policy for Mr. Hua. American officials said the Chinese foreign minister listened without comment, and it wasn't clear whether Mr Hua would follows with his own review of China's policies.
During the second round of meeting, Mr. Vance covered American attitudes towards Latin America and Africa. The talks were regarded as being exploratory, since Mr. Vance is the first high-ranking member of President Carter's administration to visit China.
After Monday's conference there was a social occasion at the Great Hall of the People, where Mr. Vance and the remainder of the American delegations were guests at a state banquet.
After the dinner, Mr. Vance said that President Carter was committed to establishing full diplomatic relations with China. He said the President regarded relations with China as 'an important factors contributing to peace in Asia and elsewhere in the world'. But the Chinese have already made it clear that normal relations could only come if the United States was prepared to sever its diplomatic and military ties with the Nationalist government of Taiwan.
Mr. Vance had done nearly all the talking until then, although the Chinese had asked some questions about Africa and Latin America. But, Mr. Vance said, he felt the sessions had been 'very business-like, very serious and very useful'. It's still not known whether he'll meet party chairman Hua Kuo-feng.