President Carter's National Security Affairs Adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, met Chinese leader Hua Kuo-feng after talks with other Chinese top officials in what diplomatic sources described as a positive atmosphere.
President Carter's National Security Affairs Adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, met Chinese leader Hua Kuo-feng after talks with other Chinese top officials in what diplomatic sources described as a positive atmosphere. Their talks were on Monday (22 May).
SYNOPSIS: Reports said the atmosphere was a big improvement on the frosty mood left when American Secretary of State Cyrus Vance was in Peking ten months ago. Before this meeting with Premier Hua Kuo-feng, Mr. Brzezinski had long talks with senior Vice-Premier Teng Hsiaoping.
Sources said Mr. Teng told Mr. Brzezinski that establishing full diplomatic ties between Washington and Peking would be a long process. In the meantime, relations in such areas as personal contacts, trade, science and technology would keep expanding. Mr. Teng warned that detente with the Soviet Union was dangerous.
Mr. Brzezinski had earlier passed on President Carter's message that the United States was determined to join China in overcoming obstacles to drawing their relations closer together. The envoy had spoken of several fundamental beliefs that shaped the United State's approach to China. These stemmed from friendship and the knowledge that stronger Sino-American relations were vital to world peace. Washington was aware that a secure and strong China was an asset in America's international affairs. In return, China's interests were served by a powerful, confident and globally-engaged United States.