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Copyright 1998 Kyodo News Service
Japan Economic Newswire
JUNE 16, 1998, TUESDAY
LENGTH: 178 words
HEADLINE: Clinton may meet dissidents in Beijing, says McCurry
DATELINE: WASHINGTON, June 15 Kyodo
U.S. President Bill Clinton may meet with political dissidents during his visit
China from June 25, a White House spokesman indicated Monday.
'The president, every time he goes to countries, touches base with a broad
cross-section of the life of that country, and I expect him to do so when he is
China,' spokesman Mike McCurry told a news briefing.
But McCurry avoided further comments on the matter, including who the president
A group of exiled Chinese dissidents recently asked Clinton to meet them before
visiting Beijing next week.
The group, the
Free China Movement, said it wants Clinton to allow
some of its members to accompany him to Tiananmen Square to lay a wreath as a
memorial to those killed by the Chinese military during pro-democracy
demonstrations in 1989.
During his visit to Beijing in February 1989, then U.S. President George Bush
invited dissident scientist Fang Lizhi to
a party hosted by the president.
The invitation, however, angered Chinese authorities, who forced Fang to
decline the invitation.
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