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Taiwan Defense Treaty #56656

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 18, 1979
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(Studio) Court ruling, resulting from suit brought by Senator Barry Goldwater and other conservatives, prohibiting President Carter from terminating mutual defense treaty with Taiwan reported Admin. said appealing decision.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) [December 15, 1978, CARTER - says United States recognizes China (PR) as sole government of China and that Taiwan is part of China.] President recalled terminating mutual defense treaty with Taiwan based on Article 10 of document; portions quoted on screen. Admin.'s arguments before Judge Oliver Gasch outlined; James Madison and Lyndon B. Johnson mentioned. US actions since recognition announcement noted include appointed of Leonard Woodcock as ambassador; state visits to United States by chairperson Deng Xiaoping and possible one by chairperson Hua Guofeng noted.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

(DC) Gasch's ruling examined; portions quoted on screen; White House defense with regard to legality of Goldwater and others bringing suit cited. Decision noted ending with demand for congress approval of treaty termination. Constitutional questions raised by issue said never addressed before.

(Studio) Senator's declaration of nonbinding resolution prohibiting Carter from terminating treaty without Senator approval recalled coming after last yr.'s ruling by Gasch.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Positions of Senators William Proxmire, Howard Baker, Robert Byrd quoted on screen. [Senator Frank CHURCH - comments.] [GOLDWATER - discusses reasons for suit.] Probability of Senator supporting Carter's decision to halt defense of Taiwan if issue was presented for floor vote noted.
REPORTER: Ann Compton Artist: Freda Reiter

(DC) China (PR)'s Washington, DC embassy noted issuing prepared statement on matter; details given. [Secretary of State Cyrus VANCE - comments on possible effect on US-China rel.] Impact of Gasch's opinion considered; USSR , Israel reactions to what they consider interference with President's stand recalled.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

Compton, Ann;
Gregory, Bettina;
Koppel, Ted;
O'Brien, Tim;
Reynolds, Frank

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