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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, July 13, 1998
Volume 34--Number 28
Pages 1311-1361

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    China, business community in the Hong Kong Special Administrative 
    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
        Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee luncheon in Atlanta--
        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, 

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

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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


    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

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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.

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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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