Saturday, June 27, 1998 Published at 20:29 GMT 21:29 UK
Tiananmen ghost at the feast
President Clinton inspects the military with President Jiang Zemin
The legacy of the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy movement has haunted the first full day of President Clinton's visit to the Chinese capital, Beijing.
At the end of the ceremony the two leaders inspected a guard of honour before walking up the stairs into the Great Hall to begin their formal summit meeting.
The BBC Beijing correspondent says that for China the event was standard diplomatic protocol, something a series of world leaders have taken part in in recent years.
Human rights groups and opponents in Congress have complained that Mr Clinton's appearance with the Chinese leadership in Tiananmen Square will send a signal that the world no longer cares about the events of 1989.
Both Republicans and Democrats have argued against the visit on the grounds of China's human rights record as well as being suspicious that Beijing's strategic aims are a threat to US security.
In their joint statement, the presidents talked of being partners, not adversaries, and said they had reached a broad range of agreements on political and economic issues.
Mr Clinton also expressed respect for China's economic reforms which he said had improved conditions for its people, but he stressed the importance that Americans placed on human rights.
He said he had asked President Jiang to open a dialogue with the Dalai Lama on Tibet, and to continue talks with Taiwan.