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Teng Visit #260299

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 31, 1979
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(Studio) Chinese vice-premier Teng Hsiao-ping's completion of Washington, DC visit with signing of documents between 2 govts. noted. Teng's interview comments about US-USSR relations reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Agreements signed by President Carter and Teng and others signed by lower ranking officials noted. Chinese plans to open consulates in Houston and San Francisco and Americans' plans to open consulates in Canton and Shanghai reported Present US-China relations compared to those between United States and USSR 20 years ago. [CARTER - comments on respective security concerns of United States and China.] [TENG - (thru interpreter) comments.] Teng's earlier activities in sightseeing around Washington, DC reported Tours of Air and Space Museum with views of models of Skylab, Sputnik and Soyuz-Apollo vehicle, Lincoln Memorial, Blair House meeting with Richard Nixon and receipt of honorary degree from Temple University described. Teng's upcoming 3-city tour of American cited.
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint

(Studio) Teng's interview at Blair House with network correspondents noted. Film shown. Question with regard to alliance among US, China and Japan to curtail Soviet aggression said put to Teng. [TENG - (thru interpreter) didn't propose this to Carter; comments on USSR threat, views of world peace and on United States view of Sovs. Also comments on: interpretations of his statements about USSR as attempt to undercut Carter's Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II position and on such agreements; Vietnam-Cambodia conflict; assurances to United States that he will remain in authority and his policies will continue; and that he sees no danger in present euphoric attitude between China and US.] proposals in Congress to underline United States support for Taiwan reported; apparent willingness of administration to compromise on issue, after discussing matter with Teng, stated.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Details given about administration's move to compromise with Congress re: assuring peaceful solution to Taiwan problem. [State Department spokesperson Hodding CARTER - comments on any congress amendments to legislature with regard to issue.] Teng's reported reaction described.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin;
Pierpoint, Robert

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