In Tokyo, Chinese Vice Premier Teng Hsiao-ping, who is on an official visit to Japan, has strongly attacked the Soviet Union.
In Tokyo, Chinese Vice Premier Teng Hsiao-ping, who is on an official visit to Japan, has strongly attacked the Soviet Union.Mr. Teng told a press conference that the Kremlin was endangering international peace. The Vice Premier's visit to Japan was aimed at improving relations between the two countries.
SYNOPSIS: It marked the start of the Chine-Japan Peace and Friendship Treaty, which the two countries signed earlier in the week. The Soviet Union opposed the treaty, but despite this attack, the Japanese government said their relations with Moscow would not be affected.
Mr. Teng told newsmen that hegemony, a favourite Chinese catchword for Soviet policy, was a grave threat to world peace and international security. The danger of a new world war, he ordered, was an objective reality. And while the Japanese government say Mr. Teng's remarks were not unexpected, observers say they would not be welcome. The Japanese are still trying to mend fences with the Soviet Union following the straining of relations caused by the treaty with China.
The Vice Premier went on with a message for the United States. He said Chine was still waiting for Washington to respond to its three pre-conditions for the normalisation of relations between their two countries.
At the centre of the problem is Taiwan. China insists that the United States break off diplomatic relations with Taiwan, withdraw from their defence pact, and remove armed forces from the island. Mr. Teng added that American troops must be withdrawn from South Korea before any dialogue between the north and south in the Korean peninsula could begin.