'Yes, President Clinton and their president will meet at that event,' Mr Christopher said, about a heads of state meeting on 20 November in connection with a meeting of the Asian Pacific Economic Co-operation organisation. He made his comments after talks with the Chinese Foreign Minister, Qian Qichen.
Mr Christopher admitted US-Chinese ties were going through a difficult period, and said the talks with Mr Qian had produced no change of position on the issue of non-proliferation. He expressed the hope China would not resume nuclear testing.
But he said the two sides had agreed on new steps to try to improve relations including a visit to China on 10 to 12 October of Assistant Secretary of State John Shattuck for the first talks with Peking on human rights in more than a year.