U.S. Envoy Meets Chinese Vice Premier
PEKING (AP) _ A U.S. envoy met today with a Chinese Foreign Ministry official to discuss the planned American response to Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev’s nuclear disarmament proposal, a U.S. Embassy spokeswoman said.
Edward L. Rowny, who is also a former arms negotiator, was on his second stop of an Asian-Pacific tour of U.S. friends and allies.
″He came for consultations on arms control, to present U.S. thinking and get the Chinese thinking,″ said spokeswoman Sylvia Rifkin.
Rowny met with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Qian Qichen. He visited Tokyo before flying to Peking Friday, and was expected to leave later for South Korea and then Australia.
Details of Rowny’s meeting with Qian were not made public by either side.
President Reagan dispatched Rowny to Asia, and Paul H. Nitze to Europe, to consult with allies and friendly nations on the U.S. response to Gorbachev’s proposal to eliminate all nuclear weapons in stages by the year 2000.
The first stage of Gorbachev’s proposal, made public Jan. 15, calls for eliminating U.S. and Soviet medium-range nuclear missiles from Europe, but did not offer to dismantle the more than 130 mobile SS-20 Soviet missiles in Asia.
Press reports from Washington Friday said Reagan would call for eliminating U.S. and Soviet missiles from Europe and halving Soviet SS-20s in Asia.
U.S. Undersecretary of State William R. Schneider is also in Peking for what officials described as a ″private visit″ not connected with Rowny’s mission.
Schneider met Friday with Wu Xiuquan, director of the Peking Institute for International Strategic Studies.