9/8/00 Remarks By the President and President Jiang in Photo-Op
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                           (New York, New York)
For Immediate Release                                   September 8, 2000

                            REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
                           IN PHOTO OPPORTUNITY WITH
                         PRESIDENT JIANG ZEMIN OF CHINA

                                           New York, New York

10:40 A.M. EDT

     Q    Can you offer any assurances to President Jiang on the China
trade bill, that it will eventually be passed, and on the national defense
system that you deferred last week?

     PRESIDENT CLINTON:  I believe the legislation will pass, and I'm
pleased at the progress it's making in the Senate.  But, of course, we
still have some work to do.  The missile defense issue will be resolved by
my successor, although I hope we get a chance to talk about it a little bit

     Q    Mr. President, will you make any requests of President Zemin on
the question of human rights as attached to the permanent normal trade
relations bill?

     PRESIDENT CLINTON:  We're going to discuss human rights issues, as we
always do, but I feel very strongly that PNTR should pass.  And I think
over the long run it's good for the development of democracy and human
rights in China, and I know it's good for America-Chinese relationships
over the long run.

     Q    Mr. Clinton, I know that yesterday you were present at the P-5
summit which was a Chinese initiative.  So as the President of the United
States, also a permanent member of the Security Council, what would you say
about the P-5 summit yesterday?  And also, how do you see the role of China
for international peace and security in this century?

     PRESIDENT CLINTON:  Well, first of all, I think it was a very good
idea by President Jiang to have the P-5 meet.  I was amazed that they had
never met, or hadn't met in a long time.  And I think it was a very good
idea.  And we actually made a specific decision to, as a group, help the
Secretary General implement his report on peacekeeping, and to continue to
explore what else we could do together.

     I think it might be a forum in the future that would provide an
opportunity for Chinese cooperation with the other members of the P-5 in a
way that would be very helpful to the rest of the world as well.

     Q    Could you describe your encounter with Fidel Castro yesterday?

     THE PRESIDENT:  What Joe said is right.  It just happened.  There were
a whole lot of people in a line.  I was talking to them.  I turned around
and he was standing there.  He apparently had come up and waited, and we
must have -- the encounter lasted just a few seconds.  That's all that

     THE PRESS:  Thank you.

     END  10:50 A.M. EDT

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