A United States mission left Taiwan for home on Friday (29 December) without reaching any broad agreement with the government on relations between them after Washington recognises Peking as the government of China from next Monday (1 January 1979).
TRAVEL SHOT United States Deputy Secretary of State, Warren Christopher, leaving airport in car.
SV Christopher meeting Taiwanese Foreign Minister Tsiang Yen-si.
CU Christopher speaking to Tsiang.
SV Christopher thanking Taiwanese navy officer as American party moves across tarmac to plane. (4 SHOTS)
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Background: A United States mission left Taiwan for home on Friday (29 December) without reaching any broad agreement with the government on relations between them after Washington recognises Peking as the government of China from next Monday (1 January 1979). The visit was marked by vigorous anti-United States demonstrations.
SYNOPSIS: The leader of the diplomatic mission, Deputy Secretary of State Warren Christopher, described the two days of talks as the "beginning of an important process". Here he meets the Taiwanese Foreign Minister Tsiang Yen-si just before leaving for the United States. Earlier, President Chiang Ching-kuo told him relations between their two countries must be maintained on a government-to-government level. But Mr. Christopher said future cultural, trade and other ties would be on an 'unofficial basis'. He said however that the talks were businesslike and courteous.
As the mission was seen to their aircraft by Taiwanese officials, they left behind them a reportedly widespread feeling that the United States has 'sold out' Taiwan. Mr. Christopher took with him President Chiang Ching-kuo's view that future relations must be based on five principles... reality, continuity, security, legality and inter-government contact.
Mr. Christopher says he looks forward to continuing the discussions in both Taipei and Washington in the coming weeks.