PEKING — Vice President George Bush said today that he sees a broad strengthening in Sino-American relations despite stern warnings from Chinese officials over U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.
Bush, speaking to reporters at the end of a 2 1/2-day visit to Peking, said Taiwan figured prominently in several of his meetings with top Chinese officials. But he said it did not dominate the discussions.
Chinese press reports stressed Peking's concern over American arms sales to Taiwan, warning that the policy could lead to serious setbacks in Sino-U.S. relations.
In talks with Bush today, Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping said that while Sino-U.S. ties are "normal on the whole," they cannot develop smoothly in all fields until the "major question" of Taiwan is settled.