A Happy, Prosperous Life

When President Chiang met to discuss this week's story with Hong Kong Bureau Chief Sandra Burton and Taipei Stringer Don Shapiro, it was the leader's first interview with U.S. journalists in more than a year. After the 40-minute session, an aide handed Burton an envelope. In it were Chiang's written answers to questions submitted by TIME three months earlier. The responses:

On speculation that Chiang and Deng Xiaoping may try to resolve Taiwan's status. First of all, I wish to point out emphatically that there is not any so-called Taiwan question. In fact, there is only the China question. With the...

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