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(Studio) China (PR) vice premier Teng Hsiao-ping has said that Gerald Ford promised, as President, to recognize China and break ties with Taiwan. This would have been contingent on Ford's reelection. Ford gives own recollection of statements to Chinese and it's not quite as simple as told by Teng.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Ford is in Washington, DC for signing of Canal treaty, but does try to clear up issue with regard to promise to recognize China. Says he never promised to end US-Taiwan relations; suggested possibility to Chinese on visit in 1975, but only if they guaranteed peaceful relations with Taiwan. Also says he thinks Carter shouldn't break relations with Taiwan until after Canal treaty issue settled. [FORD - notes long battle ahead for treaty ratification; doesn't think is wise to have too many foreign policy. initiatives going at same time.] Carter administration seems in perfect agreement with Ford on this point.
REPORTER: John Cochran
- Chancellor, John;
- Cochran, John
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