Address to be town hall-style

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 June, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 June, 1998, 12:00am

Mr Clinton is likely to address a town hall-style meeting which will be broadcast live on mainland television during his trip.

He has asked for an opportunity to address the Chinese people on live TV and has received tacit agreement.

In return, he will not embarrass his hosts.

As a populist politician, Mr Clinton is eager to meet ordinary Chinese. Given the security constraints and the way Beijing arranges visits, this is almost impossible.

But under consideration are visits to a school, hospital, university or a village where leaders have been democratically elected.

The White House has a pile of invitations from American corporations eager to greet Mr Clinton at their China operations.

Such a visit is likely, but which company will be chosen is a matter of fierce lobbying. Motorola is arguing it is the biggest US foreign investor in China, with an impressive share of the telecommunications market.

Where Mr Clinton stays in Beijing is also yet to be decided. He will be accompanied by about 1,200 people.