ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 12, 1975
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(Studio) Report on congress tries to reduce President Ford's options in People's Republic of China.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) In July, Representative Dawson Mathis submitted a sense of Congress resolution that United States will do nothing to compromise freedom of Ntlst. China while lessening tensions with People's Republic of China [MATHIS - says resolution means that we just ask that we continue diplomatic relations with China.] [Representative Robert KASTEN - says doesn't believe people want United States to reduce its commitments to Taiwan.] United States can't have diplomatic relations with People's Republic of China and Taiwan at same time. [KASTEN - says not talking about specific legal ramifications, but people.] [Representative Morgan MURPHY - says can recognize both of them.] [KISSINGER - says not possible to have relations with both Taipei and Peking.] [Representative Charles WILSON - says doesn't want full relations with Peking because would have to stop relations with Taiwan.] [MURPHY - says wouldn't have signed it if it said we didn't want diplomatic relations with Peking.] [KASTEN - says no to same question.] [Representative Barbara JORDAN - says wouldn't sign such resolution.] But they and 190 members of Congress did sign it. [MATHIS - says could have 218 signatures before Ford leaves on trip. Will show Ford that all not sweetness and light with regard to United States policy toward Peking. Doesn't intend it as slap to Kissinger.] Resolution drafted by Nationalist Chinese.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel
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