A Firestorm On The Hill Could Sear Clinton's China Policy

Vice-President Al Gore walked a fine line during his recent visit to Beijing. Despite the Donorgate campaign-finance scandal that has cast a harsh light on Asian business deals, Gore joined Chinese Premier Li Peng at a Mar. 25 signing of car and plane contracts worth $2 billion for General Motors Corp. and Boeing Co. But while reassuring China of the Clinton Administration's commitment to stable ties, Gore also hinted of a possible rupture if allegations of illegal Chinese campaign contributions prove true.

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