A meeting between the U.S. and Chinese presidents could take place if Washington shuns Taiwan, China's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
The ministry comment on a possible meeting between Bill Clinton and Jiang Zemin was China's first since a top U.S. State Department official said Sunday that summit preparations were under way."Maintaining high-level contact and dialogue between China and the United States deepens mutual understanding and is conducive to the development of bilateral relations," ministry spokesman Chen Jian said at a routine news conference.
But Chen cautioned that Washington "must honor its commitments on the question of Taiwan . . . and create favorable conditions and atmosphere for a summit meeting."