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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
and Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan
Press Remarks at beginning of their breakfast meeting
Manila, Philippines, July 27, 1998
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
U.S. Department of State

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QUESTION: Can you tell us if China has retargeted its missiles from the United States as President Jiang promised in Beijing?

FOREIGN MINISTER TANG: This has already been decided upon by the two Presidents and has also been made public, so I was rather surprised when you raised the issue. According to the ancient Chinese philosophy, the Chinese people are a people who always honor our words with real actions.

QUESTION: Secretary Albright, the ASEAN foreign ministers meeting has asked the United States to take specific measures to help the Southeast Asian countries alleviate their financial crisis. So, will the United States take specific and effective measures in this regard?

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: We have been doing everything we can already to support those countries that are undertaking programs to reform themselves economically to deal with problems of the Southeast Asian crisis. We have supported the IMF programs and we have also sent assistance -- food assistance and others -- to those countries where that is appropriate.

QUESTION: Secretary Albright, you already met Foreign Minister Tang in Beijing, so will there be any new topics on your agenda this morning?

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: Well, the Foreign Minister and I have not only now met several times, but have an extensive telephone relationship and we have many subjects that we will talk about that are on our agenda as we work towards developing our strategic partnership.

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