Chinese premier's US trip is on again despite anger at US moves
Premier Zhao Ziyang's visit to the United States will go ahead in January, the Chinese government has confirmed. This, despite China's ''dissatisfaction'' with recent US actions regarding Taiwan.Skip to next paragraph
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In an interview with the official Chinese news agency, Xinhua, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the exchange visits by Premier Zhao and President Reagan would go ahead as planned. Reagan is scheduled to visit China in April.
Last week Hu Yaobang, general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, had hinted the visits may be canceled if the US did not change its attitude toward Taiwan. Mr. Hu said Premier Zhao's visit might have to be reconsidered because of the ''one or two unpleasant things'' that had happened since the exchange was announced more than two months ago.
Last month the Chinese government delivered two protest notes to the US Embassy in Peking. The first concerned a US Senate resolution on the future of Taiwan. A main point was that reunification of Taiwan with China must have the consent of the Taiwanese people.
The second note concerned an amendment to a congressional appropriations bill for the International Monetary Fund. The amendment said the US would defend Taiwan's seat in the Asian Development Bank, even if China becomes a member.
The Foreign Ministry spokesman said China was not satisfied with the US responses to the protest notes.
''We are dissatisfied with the failure of the US government to oppose in explicit terms in its reply note and statements the subject of the resolution and bill which constitute a violation of China's sovereignty and interference in China's internal affairs,'' he said.
President Reagan has said that neither the resolution nor the bill reflects the opinion of his administration.
The Foreign Ministry spokesman said the Chinese government now expects the Reagan administration to follow up its reassurances with actions that recognize only one China.
''Any words or deeds that constitute interference in China's internal affairs or amount to a creation of two Chinas will meet with China's firm opposition,'' he said.