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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, July 13, 1998 Volume 34--Number 28 Pages 1311-1361 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks China, business community in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region--1312 Compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, memorandum signing--1331 Congressional Medal of Honor, presentation--1354 Florida, firefighters and relief workers in Daytona Beach--1351 Georgia Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee luncheon in Atlanta-- 1347 National youth antidrug media campaign in Atlanta--1344 Gun safety and responsibility--1334 Medicare and the legislative agenda--1328 ``Presidential Dialogue on Race'' on PBS--1336 Radio address--1327 Communications to Congress Emigration policies of certain former Eastern bloc states, letter transmitting report--1354 Libya, continuation of national emergency, letter reporting--1330 Communications to Federal Agencies Compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, memorandum--1333 Joint Institute for Food Safety Research, memorandum--1326 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998, memorandum--1344 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in the Rose Garden--1328 News conference in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China, July 3 (No. 162)--1317 Joint Statements Joint Statement on South Asia--1311 Joint Statement on U.S.-Polish Relations--1356 Meetings With Foreign Leaders China, President Jiang--1311 Poland, Prime Minister Buzek--1356 Statements by the President Death of M.K.O. Abiola of Nigeria--1334 Senate action Higher education reauthorization legislation--1356 India-Pakistan sanctions legislation--1354 Internal Revenue Service reform legislation--1354 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1361 Checklist of White House press releases--1360 Digest of other White House announcements--1358 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1359 Editor's Note: The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is also available on the Internet on the GPO Access service at http:// www.gpo.gov/nara/nara003.html. WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. 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[[Page 1311]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1311-1312] Monday, July 13, 1998 Volume 34--Number 28 Pages 1311-1361 Week Ending Friday, July 10, 1998 Joint Statement on South Asia June 27, 1998 Introduction Recent nuclear tests by India and Pakistan, and the resulting increase in tension between them, are a source of deep and lasting concern to both of us. Our shared interests in a peaceful and stable South Asia and in a strong global nonproliferation regime have been put at risk by these tests, which we have joined in condemning. We have agreed to continue to work closely together, within the P-5, the Security Council and with others, to prevent an accelerating nuclear and missile arms race in South Asia, strengthen international nonproliferation efforts, and promote reconciliation and the peaceful resolution of differences between India and Pakistan. Preventing a Nuclear and Missile Race in South Asia The P-5 Joint Communique of June 4, which was endorsed by UN Security Council Resolution 1172, sets out clear and comprehensive objectives and a plan for action to address the threat of South Asian nuclear and missile arms race. We pledge our full support for the steps outlined in the Joint Communique, and again call on India and Pakistan to stop all further nuclear tests and adhere immediately and unconditionally to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), to refrain from weaponization or deployment of nuclear weapons and from the testing or deployment of missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, and to enter into firm commitments not to weaponize or deploy nuclear weapons or missiles capable of delivering them. Strengthening Global Nonproliferation Cooperation The United States and China remain firmly committed to strong and effective international cooperation on nuclear nonproliferation, with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) as its cornerstone. We will continue to bolster global nuclear nonproliferation efforts, and reiterate that our goal is adherence of all countries, including India and Pakistan, to the NPT as it stands, without any modification. States that do not adhere to the Treaty cannot expect to be accorded the same benefits and international standing as are accorded to NPT parties. Notwithstanding their recent nuclear tests, India and Pakistan do not have the status of nuclear weapons states in accordance with the NPT. We reaffirm our determination to fulfill our commitments relating to nuclear disarmament under Article VI of the NPT. To this end, both countries have signed the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and do not intend to resume nuclear testing. We call for the prompt initiation and conclusion of negotiations in the Conference on Disarmament, on the basis of the 1995 agreed mandate, for a multilateral treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices. We urge India and Pakistan to participate, in a positive spirit, in such negotiations with other states in the Conference on Disarmament with a view to reaching early agreement. We both actively support the Strengthened Safeguards System now being implemented by the IAEA, and will promptly take steps to implement it in our countries. Reducing Tensions and Encouraging the Peaceful Resolution of Differences Between India and Pakistan We are committed to assist where possible India and Pakistan to resolve peacefully the difficult and long-standing differences between them, including the issue of Kashmir. We welcome the resumption of dialogue between the two countries and encourage them [[Page 1312]] to continue such dialogue, and we stand ready to assist in the implementation of confidence-building measures between them, and encourage the consideration of additional measures of this type. Responsibilities of the United States and China The United States and China have long sought friendly relations with both India and Pakistan. We reaffirm this goal and our hope that we can jointly and individually contribute to the achievement of a peaceful, prosperous, and secure South Asia. As P-5 members, and as states with important relationships with the countries of the region, we recognize our responsibility to contribute actively to the maintenance of peace, stability and security in the region, and to do all we can to address the root causes of tension. We reaffirm that our respective policies are to prevent the export of equipment, materials or technology that could in any way assist programs in India or Pakistan for nuclear weapons or for ballistic missiles capable of delivering such weapons, and that to this end, we will strengthen our national export control systems. Next Steps Close coordination between the United States and China is essential to building strong international support behind the goals to which we are committed in response to nuclear testing by India and Pakistan. We will stay closely in touch on this issue, and will work with other members of the P-5 and the Security Council, with other Asian and Pacific countries, and with the broader international community to forestall further instability in South Asia, achieve a peaceful and mutually acceptable resolution of differences between India and Pakistan, and strengthen the global nonproliferation regime. Note: An original was not available for verification of the content of this joint statement. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1312-1317] Monday, July 13, 1998 Volume 34--Number 28 Pages 1311-1361 Week Ending Friday, July 10, 1998 Remarks to the Business Community in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China July 3, 1998 Thank you very much. To Jeff Muir, and Victor Fong, thank you both for your fine remarks and for hosting me. I thank all the members of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the American Chamber of Commerce for making this forum available, and so many of you for coming out on this morning for what will be my last public speech, except for my press conference, which the members of the press won't permit to become a speech, before I go home. It has been a remarkable trip for my wife and family and for the Senate delegation and members of our Cabinet and White House. And we are pleased to be ending it here. I want to say a special word of appreciation to Secretary Albright and Secretary Daley, to Senator Rockefeller, Senator Baucus, Senator Akaka, Congressman Dingell, Congressman Hamilton, Congressman Markey, and the other members of the administration and citizens who have accompanied me on this very long and sometimes exhausting but ultimately, I believe, very productive trip for the people of the United States and the people of China. I'm glad to be back in Hong Kong. As I told Chief Executive Tung and the members of the dinner party last night, I actually--I may be the first sitting President to come to Hong Kong, but this is my fourth trip
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