The Ambassadors of China and the USA met in Paris today (Monday) to held the first substantive session of talks since President Nixon's visit to China.
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SV PAN Chinese Ambassador greeted--walks into Embassy
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SV PAN Ambassador Huang Chen out of Embassy, waves and into car
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Background: The Ambassadors of China and the USA met in Paris today (Monday) to held the first substantive session of talks since President Nixon's visit to China. In a 70-minute meeting at the U.S. Embassy, Ambassador Arthur Watson played host to China's Envoy, Ambassador Huang Chen, during which they began paving the way for future normal diplomatic and economic relations between the two countries.
The two diplomats had already met briefly last week, when Mr. Watson called at the Chinese Embassy, but no concrete talks had taken place until today.
No official statement were given after the meeting, but Mr. Watson has made it clear that it is the first of a series of talks.
SYNOPSIS: The car carrying Chinese Ambassador Huang Chen, arrives at the U.S. Embassy in Paris on Monday. The Chinese envoy was to hold the first session of series of talks with U.S. Ambassador Arthur Watson--to pave the way for future normal relations between the two countries. Although Ambassador Watson had called at the Chinese Embassy a week Earlier, Monday's meeting was the first one to be dedicated to concrete talks--and he first such to take place at Ambassadorial level since President Nixon's visit to Peking. The series of meetings, know as the 'Paris Channel' -- are said to be geared to boost trade between the U.S. and China, especially the lifting of bans on U.S. strategic goods; and are expected to improve exchange in science., technology, spots and press matters.