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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Excerpts of Interview on ABC-TV's "Good Morning America"
Shanghai, China, June 30, 1998
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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MS. COMPTON: The President used an American political technique to teach the Chinese leader something about openness. He was on live talk radio here in Shanghai for an hour at high noon, fielding generally eager questions from Chinese citizens who were phoning in. This comes on the heels of the President doing two other live broadcasts in China. And here in Shanghai today, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told my colleague, Sam Donaldson, that President Jiang of China is doing this for a reason.

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: At this stage, it clearly is an authoritarian regime. I think Jiang is a very clever leader; and I think he understands the various pressures within his society. I think that he obviously did it deliberately; otherwise, it wouldn’t have happened. Where it’s leading, who knows; but it clearly is opening up.

MS. COMPTON: President Clinton told that radio audience today that Chinese leaders and all leaders have an obligation to listen to their constituents. That is the theme from here today, Asha.

MS. ASHA BLAKE: Thank you very much, Ann Compton, for that report. In an interview with Sam Donaldson, Secretary of State Albright also spoke about the confrontation between Serbs and ethnic Albanians in the province of Kosovo. She hopes that negotiations can stop all of that fighting.

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: The best way to deal with this issue is to defuse the flash points, which we are trying to do. We’re trying to -- there’s a monitor -- an observer unit that is on its way there. We have various mechanisms in place on that, and have ongoing negotiations with both sides.

MS. BLAKE: But Albright stresses that NATO is continuing its military planning in the event that Serbs keep fighting.

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