Lee Teng-hui, Taiwan's first popularly elected President, talked with a group of TIME journalists last week. Excerpts:
TIME: President Clinton is expected to discuss Taiwan on his visit to Beijing. Does that worry you?
Lee: I remain optimistic. Although Beijing will surely try to bargain very hard, I don't believe the U.S. will make any concessions with regard to Taiwan because it is so important to the U.S.
TIME: Are you concerned that the U.S. might pressure Taiwan to move from talks with Beijing on technical issues to political issues like unification?
Lee: It is impossible to distinguish between political...