THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
(Auckland, New Zealand)
|For Immediate Release
||September 11, 1999
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
AND PRESIDENT JIANG ZEMIN
OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
IN PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
Governor General's Residence
Auckland, New Zealand
5:18 P.M. (L)
Q Mr. President, on East Timor, what's the next step for the
U.S. and the international community, now that Indonesia seems to be
failing to stop the violence there?
PRESIDENT CLINTON: Well, today we suspended all military sales,
and continue to work to try to persuade the Indonesians to support the
United Nations' operation to go in and help to end the violence and secure
the safety of the people there. And that's what we have to continue to
I think the United Nations will support such an endeavor if the
Indonesians will request it. And I think it is imperative that they do
so. And I think we're making headway.
Q Is there any time frame for that? Is there any kind of
deadline on that?
PRESIDENT CLINTON: Well, I think you'll see a development here in
the next couple of days. I think something will happen. I'll be
surprised if it doesn't. We're working -- not just the United States,
people all over the world are working very hard on it. And I think people
in Asia are very concerned about it.
Q Mr. President, how are U.S.-Chinese relations now?
PRESIDENT CLINTON: Well, I don't want to speak for President
Jiang, but from my point of view, I'm eager to get on with it and have
this meeting. (Laughter.)
Q Will you be able to get a WTO deal, sir?
PRESIDENT CLINTON: Certainly hope so.
Q Mr. President, what's your message when it comes to
PRESIDENT CLINTON: My message is that our policy has not and will
not change. We favor one China. We favor a peaceful approach to working
out the differences. We favor the cross-strait dialogue. Our policy has
not changed and it will not change.
Q President Jiang, are you sticking with your threat to use
military force against Taiwan, sir?
PRESIDENT JIANG: Our policy on Taiwan is a consistent one. That
is, one, peaceful unification, one country-two systems. However, if there
were to be any foreign intervention, or if there were to be Taiwan
independence, then we would not undertake to renounce the use of force.
Q Thank you.
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