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Deng Won't Meet Gorbachev

December 04, 1987|Reuters

BEIJING — Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping today rebuffed Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev's offer to meet, repeating his demand that Moscow must urge Vietnam to withdraw from Cambodia before such talks.

"Without Soviet assistance, Vietnam could not fight a single day in Cambodia," the official New China News Agency quoted Deng as saying. Gorbachev said last week that he was willing to meet Deng in Moscow, Beijing or any other place and that the Soviet Union's problems in relations with China were not as great as those with the United States.

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