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Gov. Reagan in Taipei, pledges strengthening of ties

Gov. and Mrs. Ronald Reagan and son Ron arrive in Taiwan in 1971.


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: October 11, 1971

TAIPEI — California Gov. Ronald Reagan, acting as President Nixon's special representative, arrived Saturday in Taiwan and told reporters "the American commitment is to a further strengthening of ties and to continuing the friendship between our two governments and our two peoples."

Reagan, carrying what he said is a message of good will for Nationalist Chinese President Chiang Kai-shek, was to attend Nationalist China's National Day celebrations as Nixon's representative Sunday.

"All of us are deeply grateful to be here and participate in the 60th anniversary of the founding of your republic," Reagan said on arriving at the Taipei military airport Saturday morning.

"I am particularly proud because President Nixon has asked me to represent him and bring his warmest greetings and best wishes to all of you," he said.

Airport security for Reagan's arrival was particularly tight. Some journalists had difficulty convincing military guards to admit them to the airport.

"The bonds, the ties, between our two countries have been forged, strengthened and tempered over the years through times of trouble and good fortune," Reagan said.

The California governor has been critical of some aspects of Nixon's China policy, but declined to comment Saturday on the second planned visit of Nixon's national security adviser Henry Kissinger to Peking.

"I'm sure I'll see you all later for some questions," Reagan said.

He said he also hoped to "do something" while in Taiwan to expand trade between the island and California.

Reagan is scheduled to depart Tuesday morning for Singapore.

Gov. Ronald Reagan in the receiving line at the Taipei military airport.