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    The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Mr George Bush was pressed by a reporter in?

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    MV ZOOM OUT TO GV Bush plays table tennis with captain of US table tennis team

    SCH Captain playing

    CU Bush

    GV The two playing

    CU Spectator's eye

    GV INT. Bush surrounded by cameramen

    CU Bush being interviewed (SOF)

    TRANSCRIPT SEQ 7: REPORTER: "Mr Ambassador, does this trip and the warm welcome on both sides mean that it is now easier for our country to move to a 2-China policy?"

    BUSH: "I don't think that it can be put, as I said earlier, in that context. I do think that any understanding that comes, we got 15 people over there, 15 on one billion I guess is the ratio, but it is a kind of a little toe in the water start. But I think that anything that can break down the polarization, and that's what the President's policy is all about, it worth while, but I don't think it's possible to put it in a context of effect on our policy towards admission of Peking into the U.N. at this point."

    REPORTER: "But there is a chance that there will be a change in policy?"

    BUSH: "Our policy towards the U.N., who is a member of the U.N., is under review to the very highest level, and whether the President reads anything into this, you simply have to wait to hear from him, because I'm really not at liberty to discuss options of what our policy should be, I've made my position clear, along with the other high officials in the State Department. This is a decision of the President, and he needs the utmost flexibility to make a very tough decision."

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    Background: The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Mr George Bush was pressed by a reporter in New York on Tuesday on the possibility of a change in American policy regarding admission to the U.N. of the People's Republic of China. For more than 20 years the United States has recognised Taiwan at the U.N. as representative of the "Chinese Republic".

    Mr Bush had just played a light-hearted game of table-tennis with Jack Howard, captain of the American table-tennis team which caused such a flurry of diplomatic activity with its visit to China, which is to be followed up by visits by Chinese teams to America and Britain.

    Mr Bush was reluctant to comment on whether any change in U.S. policy on the admission of China to the U.N. was likely, but he did say that the question was under review now at the very highest level. He was questioned by a N.B.C. reporter.

    SYNOPSIS: The latest weapon in the American diplomatic arsenal seems to be the table tennis bat. On Tuesday at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, George Bush the U.S. ambassador took on Jack Howard, the captain of the U.S. table tennis team which has just returned from the People's Republic of China.

    Only four points were played, with ambassador Bush diplomatically claiming victory at this point. Later he talked to reporters about U.S. policy towards China after the success of the table-tennis team's historic visit.....

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