LAMBEIJING is to call a top-level strategy session on Taiwan soon after President Jiang Zemin returns to China today. Diplomatic analysts in Beijing and Washington say nothing substantial was achieved on this crucial issue in the summit between Mr Jiang and US President Bill Clinton early yesterday. Now the Chinese side is to decide where it goes from here. The meeting is expected to be called by the Central Committee's Leading Group on Taiwan Affairs, which Mr Jiang heads. And members of the newly elected Central Military Commission will sit in on the conclave with cadres from departments such as the Taiwan Affairs Office and the Foreign Trade Ministry. Mr Jiang's assessment of Washington's latest policy on Taipei will be the basis for deliberations. Yesterday, the Chinese President failed to extract from Mr Clinton a pledge 'never' to invite Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui or other senior Taiwan politicians to the United States. 'From the start, there was no question of Beijing wangling from Washington concessions such as issuing a so-called Fourth Communique on Taiwan,' a diplomatic source said. 'Jiang knew this well. He merely stated the Chinese position on Taiwan and did not engage in any give-and-take with his hosts on the issue.' All Mr Clinton gave was an assurance the US had no intention of isolating or containing China. But the source said the Chinese delegation's assessment of the possible American reaction to the mainland's next moves on Taiwan could tip the balance in debates between the doves and the hawks in Beijing. The hawks would be ascendant if Mr Jiang believed Washington would react weakly should the People's Liberation Army begin small-scale operations such as invading Taiwan-held islets near the Chinese coast. At the summit and at other sessions with senior Chinese officials, State Department diplomats tried to get an assurance from Beijing it would not use force against Taiwan. China has refused to give such a pledge, but has hinted it has 'accepted' Mr Lee will win the presidential election next March. This is despite earlier reports from Beijing that the Chinese leadership was determined to prevent such as result. But the meeting will discuss whether the Army will schedule more manoeuvres near Taiwan in the run-up to December's parliamentary elections and the presidential ballot. Before the summit, the President told a pro-Chinese paper in New York that his Government was committed to 'assiduously shortening the period' required for reunification. But one analyst said Mr Jiang would be on the defensive the moment he returned home. 'In spite of his having dropped his previous insistence on the protocol of a full state visit, he has nothing to show on Taiwan after the much-awaited summit,' he said. 'While the summit may have improved Jiang's status as an international statesman, he has to take a tough line on Taiwan to pacify hardline elements in the Army and the party.'