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December 22, 1978 - Image 32

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-12-22

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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Observers Studying-Middle East Affects
of U.S. Policy Change on China and Taiwan

By JOSEPH POLAKOFF

WASHINGTON (JTA) —
The impact of the stunning
accord between the United
States and the Peoples Re-
public of China on countries
in the Middle East friendly
to the U.S., particularly Is-
rael, is under intense dis-
cussion in view of the
changed relationship be-
tween the U.S. and Taiwan,
an American ally for three

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decades.
The U.S. gave Taiwan a
Senate-confirmed treaty,
supplied it with weapons,
furnished diplomatic sup-
port in international forums
and made her America's
eighth largest trading part-
ner with numerous U.S.
corporations operating on
the island. Under the terms
of the Sino-American ac-
cord, the U.S. will withdraw
its recognition of Taiwan,
having agreed with Peking
that Taiwan and the
Peoples Republic of China
are onE country.
President Carter, in mak-
ing his historic announce-
ment last Friday night on
normalizing relations with
China, stated, however,
that within the "context" of
the U.S. recognizing "the
government of the Peoples
Republic of China as trie
sole legal government of
China," the "people of the
United States will maintain
cultural, commercial and
other unofficial relations
with the people of Taiwan."
Sen. Richard Stone
(D-Fla.), chairman of the
Senate foreign relations
subcommittee on the
Middle East, said that
"the immediate impact"
will be on U.S. relation-
ships with Iran rather
than on Israel. He noted
that the Carter Adminis-
tration apparently seeks
to have the Shah bring
into leadership in Iran
elements of both "the ex-
treme Moslem leader-
ship" and some of the
Palestinian and Iraqi-
supported leftwing
groups.
"The impact on the Mid-
dle East is cumulative and
our will power and our
firmness in support of our
own stated alliance and
goals is called into ques-
tion," Stone said. "That's
the difficulty" in the
Washington-Peking move,
he observed on the CBS-TV
program "Face the Nation"
Sunday.
Asked whether the accord
complicates the American

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search for peace between Is-
rael and the Arab states,
Stone replied: "I think it
really does. We have to say
to Israel, rely on us as a
supplier, and as a logistic
ally. We will supply you
with the most advanced de-
fense and, if necessary, of-
fensive weapons to protect
your situation, and for that
you should give up your buf-
fer territory and sign off.
That is the dimension that
always produced the move-
ment, and the concessions,
by Israel. I am sure that is
what produced the great
breakthrough that
President Carter achieved
at Camp David. To the ex-
tent that reliability and
trustworthiness is lessened,
that makes the further con-
cessions that much harder

According to the CBS
transcript, Stone was inter-
rupted at that point by a re-
porter on the panel who
asked whether Taiwan and
Israel were not "totally
different things" in view of
"the American political
situation and the influence
of Israel and Jewish Ameri-
cans in our foreign policy?"
Stone replied: "The
parallel is in our military
reliability. In Taiwan we
had a reliable air and
naval base with willing
allies, even willing to
fight on our side with
their own people if asked
in the recent Asian con-
flict. In Israel, we have
similarly a reliable air
and naval base. We are
outnumbered in our
Sixth Fleet in the
Mediterranean, we have
to be very careful to pro-
tect not only our own but
Japan's and Europe's oil
interest in the Middle
East. With a shaky Iran
we have to rely on that re-
liable basing and military
strength in Israel and so
we need to keep that mili-
tary alliance. Even if it
isn't reduced to a treaty,
it is even stronger than a
treaty, in force and ef-
fect."

Energy Secretary James
Schlesinger, however, said
that "there is a deep con-
cern" by the Peking go•(-
ernment "regarding the
vulnerability of the Middle
East" to "the threat of
possible Soviet egression"
in that area. In this ques-
tion, Iran alone was men-
tioned. "The events of the
last year are not reassuring
to them nor are they reasur-
ing to us," Schlesinger said
without specifying the "e-
vents."
A source close to the con-
gressional delegation that
is preparing a report for
Congress on its visit to the
Peoples Republic of China
Nov. 12-24, led by Sen. Ed-
mund Muskie (D-Maine),
said that the Chinese offi-
cials were anxious to per-
suade the Americans to
block Soviet penetration of
the Middle East by causing
Israel to agree to Arab
terms for a settlement.

This source, who accom-
panied the delegation on its
trip, noted that Vice Pre-
mier Li Hsien-Nien told the
four senators and five
representatives that the
U.S. ought to place addi-
tional curbs on Israel and
give more support to Egypt,
while causing Israel to be
"more forthcoming," that is,
give up occupied territories,
extend "rights" to the Pales-
tinian Arabs, including the
Palestine Liberation
Organization. An Arab-
Israeli "peace," Li con-
tended, would block Soviet
influence in the Mideast.
At the Institute for
Foreign Affairs in Pek-
ing, the pre-occupation of
Chinese officials with the
Soviet maneuvers again
was manifested. There
the delegation was in-
formed by the former
Chinese ambassador to
Iran who is now the insti-
tute's president, that the
Israeli-Arab conflict was
an ingredient in the
Soviet encirclement of
Europe.
Although they favored
support of the PLO and for
pressures on Israel, the
Chinese leaders considered
"there was nothing anti-
Israel" about their views,
the source told the Jewish
Telegraphic Agency. Rep.
James Scheuer (D-N.Y.)
and Stone, who were iri the
delegation, made "vigorous
efforts to make sure the
Chinese understood the his-
tory" of the Arab-Israeli
situation, the source said.

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land sought to build more
than a new country. They
sought a new world.
— Lyndon B. Johnson

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