Beijing will put further pressure on US President Bill Clinton 'to do something more' about Taiwan during his visit to China in late June. A special preparatory committee has been set up for the visit headed by Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan, and includes specialists on diplomacy, trade, Taiwan and military affairs. President Jiang Zemin has laid down detailed instructions on the framework of discussions with Mr Clinton and his aides. Diplomatic sources in Beijing said yesterday China hoped Mr Clinton would agree in principle to promote, or at least remove obstacles to, mainland reunification with Taiwan. The sources said the Jiang administration wanted specific help on several fronts. Among those requests would be for the US to scale down sales of military hardware to Taiwan, particularly those which could be used against mainland missiles and other weapons. Mr Jiang also hoped Washington would put pressure on senior Taiwanese politicians to attend talks in Beijing. 'Jiang hopes that after the Clinton trip, Washington can send a high-level official to Taipei to explain the 'new Sino-US understanding' to Taiwan authorities,' said a source familiar with Beijing's Taiwan policy. The source said that during Mr Jiang's trip to the US last October, Mr Clinton said publicly that Washington would not get involved in reunification, an issue he viewed as a domestic Chinese one. Since late last year, however, several retired US officials had visited Taiwan and some had passed on Beijing's message that reunification talks should start as soon as possible. It is understood such visits pressured Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui, to agree to resume cross-strait exchanges between mid-level officials. Meanwhile, analysts in Beijing expect one more dissident to be freed from jail before or soon after Mr Clinton's visit. The analysts said 'a few names' had been discussed. Such dissidents included internationally known intellectuals who had served the bulk of their sentences. The analysts said such a release could further contribute to the thaw in Sino-US ties.