| Home > 1996 Presidential Documents > pd25no96 Proclamation 6957--National Great American Smokeout Day, 1996...
pd25no96 Proclamation 6957--National Great American Smokeout Day, 1996...
Prime Minister Howard. And we're rather hoping it will actually come to the ACT right here in Canberra because they have--well, they have one really outstanding course in Canberra as you'll find---- President Clinton. I saw it today. We're talking about the President's Cup; you know, the golf tournament. The PGA is trying to arrange to have it in Australia 2 years from now. Prime Minister Howard. In '98. And naturally, in the lead-up to the Olympic games, if we can pull it off, we'll be delighted and very delighted to have the President's endorsement of the idea, too. President Clinton. I'm for it. Q. Will that change the rules to allow it? Prime Minister Howard. No. President Clinton. No. The Ryder Cup is an American-European contest, and it alternates. So we just had the President's Cup in the alternating years--in the alternating 2 years we don't have Ryder Cups. It's the American team against teams essentially from Australia, Japan, and the southern part of Africa and anyplace else in the Asia-Pacific region. So we're going to alternate it. Q. Who's the golf pro in your entourage, Mr. President? President Clinton. What do you mean? Q. There were reports---- Q. [Inaudible]--golf and you brought a golf pro with you on Air Force One. President Clinton. To my knowledge, that is not so. [Laughter] Q. Would you have liked to? President Clinton. I would have, yes. I'm going to need all the help I can get tomorrow. Zaire Q. Will you all talk about Zaire? Is that something that---- President Clinton. Yes. And we will have a press conference later and answer all your questions. We want to. President's Visit Prime Minister Howard. Yes, you'll have a good run. [Laughter] President Clinton. And I want you to have fun tonight. Q. We did the boat tour last night. President Clinton. You did? Q. You get to do it tonight. The press was taken out on the same boat last night. President Clinton. Good. Q. The view was spectacular. President Clinton. Did they tell you there were sharks in the water? Q. They told us they had sharks on deck. [Laughter] Prime Minister Howard. A lot in the water, too. President Clinton. In Sydney Harbor? Prime Minister Howard. Yes, seriously. President Clinton. So you don't want to fall in. Note: The exchange began at 10:50 a.m. in the Prime Minister's Office at Parliament House. In [[Page 2408]] his remarks, the President referred to his scheduled golf game with Australian professional golfer Greg Norman. The exchange released by the Office of the Press Secretary did not include the complete opening remarks of the President and the Prime Minister. A tape was not available for verification of the content of this exchange. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2408-2413] Monday, November 25, 1996 Volume 32--Number 47 Pages 2405-2428 Week Ending Friday, November 22, 1996 The President's News Conference With Prime Minister Howard in Canberra November 20, 1996 Prime Minister Howard. Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to say on behalf of my Government how much I have appreciated the opportunity of talking to President Clinton so soon after his reelection. I would like to repeat publicly the congratulations I extended to the President privately on his reelection. This is a marvelous opportunity for both of us to reaffirm the importance of our longstanding, deep, and rich association. It's an association that goes beyond the more formal elements of a treaty or an alliance. It's an association of like-minded people committed to common values with many shared historical experiences, many common cultural attitudes, and above all, a very deep commitment to democratic institutions, values, and freedoms of the individual. It was also for both of us an opportunity to affirm the importance-- the contemporary relevance of our partnership in the context of our common involvement in the Asia-Pacific region, where I have said on a number of occasions we share a common future and a common destiny. The President and I had the opportunity in our discussion this morning to canvass many global issues but ones of particular relevance to our region and we also touched upon a number of trade issues which are of ongoing importance in the bilateral relationship. I want to say how pleased I am personally to have the opportunity with my wife, Janette, of welcoming the President and Mrs. Clinton to our country. They are very welcome not only for themselves and the great leadership that they're giving to their country but also as the President and the wife of the President of the United States. The President of the United States is always welcome in Australia. And I will take the opportunity over the next couple of days in an informal manner to continue the discussion that both of us had this morning. But to you, Mr. President, again, publicly, my very warm welcome. You are here as a very welcome guest and with the goodwill of all of the Australian people. President Clinton. Thank you very much, Prime Minister. Ladies and gentlemen, I have wanted to come to Australia for a very long time. I am glad that I have finally come. I wish I could have come earlier, and I've had so much fun in the last day, I'm amazed that only three American Presidents have come here. I think it ought to be a habit because of the unique partnership that the United States and Australia have enjoyed throughout the 20th century and indeed going back long before that. The Prime Minister and I had our first personal meeting today. It was a very good one. We talked about a lot of the things that we share in common as nations. We talked about our common agenda to expand global trade through the World Trade Organization and APEC where we'll both be going in just a couple of days. We talked about the work we have done to halt the spread of weapons of mass destruction. And again, I want to thank in this press conference, Mr. Prime Minister, on behalf of all the American people, Australia for the leadership that Australia exhibited in securing the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and for your support in helping us all defuse the North Korean nuclear program. We also share a commitment to advance democratic values. We have worked on it side by side throughout the wars of the 20th century, throughout the cold war, and now in this new era. We've joined together in supporting human rights in Burma, promoting the rule of law in Cambodia, helping to keep the peace in troubled corners of the world. We are working hard to build on the partnership between the United States and Australia. We talked about our security cooperation. We're moving forward on the Sydney statement of July which bolstered our security ties. [[Page 2409]] I made a little bit of a joke about the U.S. marines who will soon take part in joint training exercises in north Australia. They are, seriously, a powerful symbol and a concrete manifestation of our pledge to protect stability in the Pacific. But they're also, I think, apprehensive about seeing what that vast and not very populated area holds for them. There's a lot of talk about it, Mr. Prime Minister, already in the Defense Department, and we're certainly glad that there was no extra spaceship up there the other day. [Laughter] And let me say in the Prime Minister's defense, when we started out yesterday morning, we thought that it might land in the United States. So no one quite knew where it was going to come down, but we're glad it wound up in the ocean. Let me also say that on a very serious note for the future, I was deeply impressed by the comments that the Prime Minister had about the upcoming APEC leaders meeting in Subic Bay in the Philippines. We know we have to keep this group working together to push the barriers that still restrain global trade and to look especially for opportunities that will enable our people to get better jobs, to lead better lives, and in so doing, to advance the cause of the other APEC nations as well. So I am looking forward to the Philippines. Australia really started the APEC organization. Then I convened the world leaders of the APEC nations in Seattle in 1993, and we've been building on it ever since. It is very, very important, now that we have a goal of free trade in the area by 2020, now that we have a blueprint for achieving it, it is important that we actually take some concrete steps toward implementation of our goal, from tariff cuts to other deregulation measures. And I will be working hard for that. Let me say that the area that I would like to see the most progress in is in information technology. Currently, trade in that area is valued at a trillion dollars. It's projected to grow over 250 percent in the next 10 years. And we need to do more to open up those markets in a way that enables more people in the world to do what I saw last night when Hillary and I came in from the airport and all the people were waving to us. It seemed to me about one in every third person who was waving to us also had a cellular telephone in his or her ear, talking to someone back home and telling them about it. As I said to the Prime Minister, half the people in the world are still 2 days' walk from a telephone. And we have a lot of work to do if we're going to bring the world together to minimize misunderstanding, to minimize disruption, and to maximize human opportunity. Let me lastly say another word about the special relationship between the United States and Australia. We're proud to be Australia's largest foreign investor, its second largest trading partner. Trade between our nations was about $16 billion last year. We're also proud to have stood side by side with Australia in the conflicts and the struggles for peace and freedom and prosperity in this last century. And I believe that this remarkable and wonderfully unique relationship between our two countries is on even more solid ground as we look to the 21st century. And I thank the Prime Minister for the reception he has given me today. Thank you, sir. Prime Minister Howard. Thank you. Questions? Australia-U.S. Trade Q. Mr. Prime Minister and Mr. President, you mentioned that you talked about multilateral trade issues. Can I ask did you specifically raise Australia's trade concerns with the United States? And Mr. President, Australian farmers are hoping for some sort of commitments from the U.S. that the EEP and DEIP programs won't be specifically targeted on Australia. Prime Minister Howard. Could I say that I certainly did raise with the President the ongoing concern of Australia as a major exporter of primary produce about the practice of export support and export subsidies in the area of agriculture. And the President responded to that, and he will do so in his own words. But I certainly made it very clear that that remained one of those areas in the bilateral relationship that needed continuous attention. And it is the fact that the Australian Government believes that the existing arrangements do work against the interests of major primary producers such as Australia. [[Page 2410]] I think it is fair to add that the prime source of the problem is not to be found in the United States but rather within the European Union, and that is a view that I have expressed before, and it's not a view or a reflection on the issue that I have invented for the purposes of today's discussions. I've frequently expressed that view, and I do see many of the United States' actions taken in the past as being in the context of responses to the activities of the European Union. But our concerns on that were certainly raised, as they have been in the past, and they will be in the future. But I was quite reassured by the responses that were made by the President. But he will naturally deal with that in his own words. President Clinton. The Prime Minister actually raised two trade issues, and I'd like to tell you very briefly about both of them. The first, with regard to the EEP and the DEIP programs in agriculture, as I'm sure you know, the United States just adopted a new 5-year farm bill which eliminated specific program by program or crop by crop supports and reduced overall trade subsidies. We did retain the export enhancement options because of the problems as the Prime Minister said that we have with the European Union. And I committed to the Prime Minister and I commit to you and through you, the people of Australia, that we are going to do everything we can to make sure that any future use of these programs is not either directly or indirectly working to the disadvantage of a country that is innocent of any wrongdoing, in this case, Australia. And I look forward to the day when we will have a genuinely open market in agriculture, which would help your agricultural interests and the American agricultural interests, and I believe would work to the benefit of the entire world. The second thing the Prime Minister mentioned was the leather dispute, and let me just reemphasize where that is. Mr. Fischer and Ambassador Barshefsky have been working hard to resolve this. I very much want it resolved. We are very close to a resolution, and we're going to do everything we can to resolve it so that when we leave Manila we'll both have smiles on our face about that. Besides that, I don't want any more cartoons like the one I saw in the morning paper where I hooked a golf ball way left and broken the window of the leather goods store. You need to build up my confidence for this golf game tomorrow, not tear it down. [Laughter] I need all the help I can get. Terry [Terence Hunt, Associated Press]. Harold Nicholson Espionage Case Q. Mr. President, the arrest of the CIA's former station chief in Moscow is the second major spy scandal involving Russia in the last 2 years. Are you going to take--is there going to be any retaliation for this incident, and do you think that the CIA needs to tighten its internal watchdog system? President Clinton. Well, Deputy Secretary Talbott has already met with the Russians about this, number one. Number two, this is the direct result of the tightening of the system. This arrest comes because of the new cooperation that I ordered between the CIA and the FBI. And I want to compliment Mr. Deutch and Mr. Freeh for the work that they did and the work their people did, and I think it's a very good thing. And I'm glad that it happened, and I think that it ought to be a signal that we're going to continue to do this, and we will do what we think we have to do in intelligence, and we don't want any people in our intelligence agency spying for other countries, and we're going to take appropriate action when we find it. Q. Anything against Russia--are you going to take any---- President Clinton. Well, we've already had conversations with Russia, and I think I shouldn't say any more than that at this time. China Q. Mr. President, is your foreign policy pariah in this region China and trying to, if you want to, ease concerns that countries such as the U.S. and Australia are trying to contain China? And what can Australia and the U.S. realistically do in partnership in the region? President Clinton. China first. I think China has to be a big priority for all of us. If I ask everyone in this room to go by yourselves and take out a pad and write the five [[Page 2411]] big questions down that will determine the shape of the world 50 years from now, one of those questions would surely be, how will the Chinese
Other Popular 1996 Presidential Documents Documents:
|GovRecords.org presents information on various agencies of the United States Government. Even though all information is believed to be credible and accurate, no guarantees are made on the complete accuracy of our government records archive. Care should be taken to verify the information presented by responsible parties. Please see our reference page for congressional, presidential, and judicial branch contact information. GovRecords.org values visitor privacy. Please see the privacy page for more information.|
Supreme Court Decisions
104th Congressional Documents
105th Congressional Documents
106th Congressional Documents
107th Congressional Documents
108th Congressional Documents
1994 Presidential Documents