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Clinton, China's Jiang meet at White House
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Oct. 29) -- Putting aside stubborn differences on human rights, President Bill Clinton and Chinese President Jiang Zemin said today they have agreed to a pact aimed at halting the spread of nuclear weapons in the Persian Gulf region and giving China access to U.S. nuclear power plant technology.
Clinton told a post-summit news conference this afternoon he intends to certify China as not exporting nuclear technology for weapons development by other countries, a move that also clears the way for U.S. companies to sell nuclear power technology to the Chinese.
"This agreement is a win-win-win," Clinton said. "It serves America's national security, environmental and economic interests ... It is the right thing to do for America." (352K wav sound)
The deal would allow a 1985 U.S.-China Nuclear Cooperation Agreement to go into effect. The two leaders also agreed to a new hotline for instant communication, and expanded exchanges between the U.S. and Chinese military.
In his opening statement, Clinton lectured Jiang on human rights abuses in China, saying it's one of the "profound differences" that exist between the two countries. (608K wav sound)
Some of the tension that exists between the U.S. and China dates to 1989 and the government's decision to crush pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square.
Asked if he had any regrets about the handling of the Tiananmen Square protests, Jiang said the protests were a threat to the nation's stability and state security.
Jiang said the Chinese government "had to take necessary measures according to law to ensure that our country enjoys stability and that our reform and opening up could proceed smoothly."
Clinton, however, bluntly said the Chinese government's policy was "on the wrong side of history" and has kept China from gaining support from nations around the world.
A senior U.S. official said Clinton raised specific cases of Chinese political prisoners during his informal meeting Tuesday night with Jiang. Clinton also raised the question of religious freedom in Tibet.
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