Senior U.S. diplomat, David Bruce, left Washington, D.C., on Sunday (6 April) for Sunday to?
Senior U.S. diplomat, David Bruce, left Washington, D.C., on Sunday (6 April) for Sunday to head the new United States liaison mission to the People's Republic of China.
The liaison office, an embassy in all but name, is due to open about the middle of this month (MAY). The People's Republic of China is to open a similar office in Washington, D.C.
In a statement at the airport, Mr Bruce said he was going to Packing with "instruction to try to foster in whatever way possible the friendship between the citizens of the People's Republic of Chian and those of the United States...a traditional matter between the peoples of the two countries interrupted for almost a generation by lack of official communication between them."
Mr Bruce, who is 75 years old, has formerly the U.s. Ambassador to London, Bonn and Paris, He will stop over in HongKong before continuing to Peking by train
Mr Bruce was seen off at the airport by representatives of Peking's diplomatic mission in Washington.