CHINA will adopt a tough line on the Taiwan issue when Mr Jiang meets Mr Clinton. Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Co-operation said the Taiwan issue would dominate the summit agenda. 'President Jiang will raise the protest about Lee Teng-hui's visit to the US again,' sources said, referring to the Taiwanese President's trip in June. 'Although US State Secretary Warren Christopher and Commerce Secretary Ron Brown have made some clarification on policy towards Taiwan, President Jiang would like to hear promises from Mr Clinton directly that the US will not support Taiwan independence.' The Chinese attitude towards the summit is straightforward. They will have to be tough on the issue. If there is any positive response from the US, China will curb its more critical approach towards Sino-US relations to avoid any further deterioration. The mainland will also try to get some economic benefits from the US, especially in relation to technology transfer and China's accession to the World Trade Organisation. Chinese officials said Mr Jiang would discuss any topics in which Mr Clinton was interested but the Chinese side did not have high expectations of the 'semi-summit'. One Chinese foreign affairs official said: 'The meeting is more likely to seek to stabilise mutual relations than to achieve any breakthroughs on hot topics between the two countries such as human rights or arms sales.' Other mainland officials said they hoped for a 'forward-going' Sino-US relationship and hoped the face-to-face meeting between the leaders would produce a positive atmosphere. There has been speculation that Chinese Ambassador Li Daoyu will return to Washington soon after the meeting. Officials disclosed that Mr Jiang would also make use of the opportunity to strengthen trade and economic relations with US. 'The US has become our third-largest trade partner. We would like to see the US take action to minimise its abusive use of anti-dumping legislation and keep its word not to block China's application for membership of the World Trade Organisation,' sources said.