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Clinton Making Progress With Asians
By Terence Hunt AP White House Correspondent Monday, September 13, 1999; 2:45 p.m. EDT
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) -- President Clinton, after his summit with Asian leaders, is ready to provide American troops for an international peacekeeping mission in East Timor and considering eased trade sanctions on North Korea under a tentative missile deal.
Clinton, Jiang Discuss WTO By Charles Hutzler Associated Press Writer Monday, September 13, 1999; 8:41 a.m. EDT
President Jiang Zemin today discussed China's efforts to join the World Trade Organization, prodding their negotiators to reach a deal.
Chatting on the fringes of a summit of Pacific Rim leaders, Clinton and Jiang told each other they wanted to conclude an agreement on China's WTO entry, said Gene Sperling, chairman of Clinton's National Economics Council.
U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky and Chinese Foreign Trade Minister Shi Guangsheng held two sessions of talks today and were trying to schedule the next round of negotiations, Sperling said.
The quickening pace of negotiations was one of the few tangible signs of progress in China's fitful 13-year effort to join world trade's rule-making body.
Both sides have refused to provide details on the talks since Clinton and Jiang on Saturday ordered trade officials to reopen negotiations China broke off in anger after U.S. forces bombed the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia during the Kosovo war.
``There remains a lot of work to do,'' Sperling said, but added that Barshefsky felt China demonstrated ``a positive and constructive tone''in the talks.
To get into WTO, China needs to strike separate deals with the United States, its largest market, as well as with the European Union and several other countries. China is hoping to wrap up the process by year's end before entry becomes harder during the next round of global trade talks.
China and the United States came close to agreeing on Beijing's WTO membership in April. But Clinton, fearful Congress and U.S. business would not support the deal, rejected Premier Zhu Rongji's offer to open many previously closed sectors of the Chinese economy.
Conservatives in the Communist Party and influential managers of state industries lined up against Zhu's concessions, and after the embassy bombing, his offer was branded a sellout to the United States by some opponents.
With opposition still high in some quarters, China is trying to appear none too eager even as it resumes bargaining.
While acknowledging that relations have improved since the bombing, Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan said Washington still needs to do more.
``There is a need for the U.S. side to do more concrete deeds so as to cure the scars that the bombing incident has left on the heart of the Chinese people,'' Tang told reporters at a news conference after the close of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.
Barshefsky and Shi have agreed to resume full-fledged negotiations on Thursday.
Proff of China reciving Missile Technologies from U.S.A. Companies that is against the 1972 Treaty
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The London Times reported today: "China could be able to join the World Trade Organization by the end of this year, a United States presidential adviser said yesterday. Two of the world's most powerful leaders, President Clinton and President Jiang Zemin of China, met for two hours on Saturday afternoon in a bilateral meeting outside the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Auckland, New Zealand. The meeting, at the New Zealand Governor-General's official residence, was dominated by discussions about China's WTO entry and tensions between China and Taiwan. Although there was no major breakthrough on either topic, American officials said afterwards that the relationship was now ‘back on track’ after it had soured when Nato bombed the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade in May..."
Co. Sold Missile How-To to China
By Dan Robrish Associated Press Writer Monday, September 13, 1999; 2:48 p.m. EDT
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Pennsylvania company pleaded guilty Monday to illegally giving China technology that could help improve the accuracy of missiles.
Orbit/FR, headquartered in Horsham, 15 miles north of Philadelphia, was fined $600,000 and could be banned from exporting products for up to 10 years, U.S. Attorney Michael R. Stiles said.
The company pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to violating the Arms Export Control Act. Charges against at least one company official are likely to follow, he said.
Orbit/FR had agreed to a $1 million deal with Chinese North Industries Corp., a major military systems manufacturer for the Chinese army.
The software and equipment sold to China were designed to measure the effectiveness of antennas placed in the nose cones of missiles. The system was capable of measuring accuracy within 10 feet over a distance of 10 miles, said Joe Alkus, a Customs Service supervisor.
No money changed hands, (because thaey cant tell you!) and although the Chinese got the technology, it is not fully operational. Government officials would not discuss whether any damaged to American security was caused.
William A. Torzolini, the company's chief financial officer, declined to comment. (of course)
The company is owned primarily by Orbit-Alchut Technologies Ltd., an Israeli company. The technology was originally developed for the Israeli armed forces, Stiles said.
Stiles said he was not aware of any connections between the Orbit/FR sale and any other leaks of secrets to China.
Asian Summit Ends on Optimistic Note
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By Terence Hunt AP White House Correspondent Monday, September 13, 1999; 5:53 p.m. EDT
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) -- President Clinton expressed confidence Tuesday that Congress will support an international peacekeeping force for East Timor that will probably include ``a few hundred'' Americans. He said he hoped the mission could begin in a matter of days.
Clinton concluded a summit with Asian leaders on the optimistic note that ``Asia's economic recovery is clearly under way.''
The region's receding but still daunting economic troubles were to have been the focus of the summit, but leaders found themselves scrambling to respond to the violence that followed an independence referendum in the Indonesian province.
Leaving Auckland for a day of rest on New Zealand's South Island, Clinton urged Indonesian leaders to act responsibly until a force can be assembled and sent to East Timor under Australian leadership.
``Until the international peacekeeping force deploys, it is essential that Indonesia works to prevent further violence,'' he said. ``It must facilitate efforts to quickly bring humanitarian assistance to the people who have suffered so very greatly.''
Clinton said U.S. participation would probably consist of ``a few hundred people rather than 1,000 on the ground.'' He had called about 10 members of Congress,and others in the administration were busy conferring with leaders on Capitol Hill.
``My sense is that Congress, even though we are heavily committed in the Balkans and elsewhere, will support a mission if we are there in a clearly supportive capacity,'' Clinton said. ``This will be overwhelmingly an Asian force.'' ``We're talking here about hundreds, not thousands, of Americans that would be involved and not necessarily all of those would be based in East Timor,'' National Security Adviser Sandy Berger said.
Nobel laureate Jose Ramos Horta, an East Timorese activist, told Clinton that about 200,000 people have been displaced from their homes during the independence struggle.
Clinton also welcomed a tentative deal reached with North Korea in Berlin under which, ``we understand and expect North Korea will refrain from testing long-range missiles of any kind'' while a firmer accord is negotiated. He said he was considering easing trade sanctions against North Korea.
At the State Department, spokesman James Rubin said the United States was awaiting the outcome of talks at U.N. headquarters in New York between the Security Council and the foreign ministers of Indonesia and Australia on a peacekeeping force for East Timor. Once that is done, the size and nature of U.S. participation can be decided, Rubin said.
He said the United States probably would limit its contribution to providing communications, logistics, transportation and intelligence support, as opposed to sending combat forces.
The administration declared Clinton's talks here a success after the reopening of trade negotiations with China, the missile accord with North Korea in Berlin, and Indonesia's grudging agreement to accept outside help to restore order in East Timor.
Clinton left for a scenic alpine resort on South Island after the summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. The area -- scene of a gold rush in the 1860s -- is a wonder land of mountains, lakes, rivers and valleys. ``This has truly been a good week for stability and U.S. interests in Asia,'' Berger said. Yet, there were some disappointments.
Negotiators failed to complete a trade deal between Vietnam and the United States. Moreover, the hurried resumption of trade talks with China yielded no immediate progress or deadline for completion, and Clinton and China's president, Jiang Zemin, remained at odds over Taiwan.
Even the tentative accord with North Korea fell short of the breakthrough agreement that Clinton had hoped to announce here during a meeting with South Korean President Kim Dae-jung and Japanese President Keizo Obuchi.
Yet, Berger said many Asian leaders were relieved by the improvement in Washington's tie with China. ``I can't tell you how many leaders came up to the president today and said they were pleased that our relationship was back on track,'' he said. The tentative agreement in Berlin eased fears that North Korea would test a new long-range missile. Last year, Pyongyang rattled Washington and East Asia by test-firing a three-stage missile over Japan.
Berger said Clinton would consider easing trade sanctions covering ordinary goods and services and investment with North Korea, one of the world's poorest countries.
continuel proof of X-72
By Renee Schoof Associated Press Writer Thursday, September 16, 1999; 2:58 a.m. EDT
BEIJING (AP) -- Just four short months ago, angry Chinese mobs attacked the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, vowing revenge for the accidental U.S. bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia during the Kosovo conflict.
Now that Chinese and U.S. leaders are talking again, popular sentiment is following suit.
``We very much want to see relations with the United States improve,'' said Ken Wan, who sells imported California wines and gave the English version of his name.
``China must continue opening up and putting economic construction first. When we're strong, all these problems can gradually be resolved.''
Meeting Saturday in New Zealand, Presidents Jiang Zemin and Clinton both said they want better ties. That would serve China's goals of building its economy and reuniting with Taiwan and U.S. aims of greater business and diplomatic opportunities.
Tensions over Taiwan are the foremost concern in China. But many other pitfalls trouble the love-hate relationship between the United States and China: fundamental disagreements over China's human rights policies, suspicion about China's missile exports to Pakistan, and allegations of Chinese nuclear weapons espionage in the United States.
Sun said the agreement reached on compensation (Money) for the deaths of three reporters and injuries to 27 other people in the embassy bombing ``is of positive significance in bringing Chinese-U.S. relations back to a normal track.'' Part of x-72 'pay off' the deffraieur word again.
Yet troubles remain. China and the United States are still struggling to resolve differences over Beijing's bid to enter the World Trade Organization. Sensitivities over China's jailing of dissidents and other human rights violations remain. Reports that the United States has new evidence that China may have transferred medium-range missiles to Pakistan in violation of technology transfer controls drew an indignant response from the Foreign Ministry spokesman. (Clinton doesn't care! "Nukes for everyone! "is his moto' as long as you pay him cash!)
``I think the relevant report is playing the same old tune, and it can only further undermine Chinese-U.S. bilateral relations, which already have been damaged,'' Sun said.
A joint forum on Sino-U.S. relations at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington took on an acrimonious tone Tuesday after Susan Shirk, a U.S. State Department official, criticized China's repression of unauthorized religious activities, including the banning of a popular meditation movement.
Li Zhaoxing, the Chinese ambassador to the United States, reacted vehemently. ``Who has given you the right to criticize China? This has gone almost to the height of absurdity.''
World Leaders Address New Agenda By Edith M. Lederer Associated Press Writer Saturday, September 18, 1999; 1:36 p.m. EDT UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- World leaders gather for the last time in the 20th century starting Monday to tackle the global agenda that will dominate the start of the next millennium -- from the new Internet revolution to the centuries-old dilemmas of poverty and war. In all, 186 of the 188 U.N. member states plan to address the U.N. General Assembly's general debate, a two-week talkfest that gives leaders from nations big and small a global platform. The last debate of the millennium is attracting an unusually high turnout of world leaders, including South African President Thabo Mbeki, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, all newly elected. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is also attending his first General Assembly. President Clinton will skip his usual opening-day speech because Monday is the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. He is slated to speak Tuesday. Only Yugoslavia and Somalia are not speaking. The speeches are the centerpiece of the general debate, and this year there's a two-day special session on the problems of small island states. But it's the bilateral meetings on the sidelines that give leaders a chance to discuss some of the world's problems face-to-face -- and ``we would like them to talk to one another rather than to fight,'' said Namibia's Foreign Minister, Theo-Ben Gurirab, a former rebel spokesman who is the new president of the General Assembly.
No doubt the current hotspots in the headlines -- East Timor, Kosovo and Iraq -- will be discussed.
U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is planning to urge Russia, China and France to back a Security Council resolution to resume weapons inspections in Iraq.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan is deeply concerned about the hotspots that don't make headlines, especially in Africa. The new U.S. ambassador, Richard Holbrooke, has also made Africa one of his priorities.
U.S. deputy ambassador Peter Burleigh said peacekeeping is clearly going to be a big demand in the future and will states, as well as ``a very professional force, and the use of force.''
But other issues will be vying for center stage, especially U.N. reform.
``The big question is what the future of the U.N. is,'' Burleigh said. ``What will be the mandate and the function of the U.N. in the 21st century, and what does it do well and what does it do less well, and how can it be more efficient maybe at some of the tasks?''
France's U.N. Ambassador, Alain Dejammet, said he expects the U.N. budget and member debts to be important parts of the debate. The United States is the biggest debtor, owing $1.6 billion.
Slovenia's U.N. Ambassador, Danilo Turk, said the General Assembly should also examine its own shortcomings.
``The General Assembly doesn't play a role, has said. ``The question for the General Assembly is whether it is going to reassert itself and re-establish its role in accordance with the U.N. Charter.''
Slovakia's U.N. Ambassador, Peter Tomka, said the United Nations has a key role in the next century because the increasingly global economy and community need good global cooperation to solve problems ranging from environmental protection to eradicating poverty, and the only institution that can provide it is the United Nations.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States and China restarted talks Monday seeking a major market-opening trade deal that would remove hundreds of barriers now faced by American manufacturers and farmers. However, prospects for success were clouded by the absence of China's chief negotiator.
U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky, the head of the American negotiating team, met for an initial two-hour session with her counterpart, Chinese Trade Minister Shi Guangsheng. She then discussed specific details with lower-level officials. The talks are scheduled to end Tuesday.
Barshefsky recently indicated this week's discussions represented the first opportunity to enter into substantive issues following preliminary talks earlier this month in New Zealand.
U.S. businesses and farm groups are anxious for a deal, believing it could translate into billions of dollars in increased American exports into the vast Chinese market. China wants an agreement to clear the way for its entry into the World Trade Organization.
But trade observers said chances for a breakthrough this week have been lessened by the absence of Chinese Vice Trade Minister Long Youngtu, who has been China's chief negotiator through the lengthy talks.
Former U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor, who oversaw efforts during the Clinton administration's first term to strike a China WTO agreement, told a business group Monday that he viewed Long's absence as a negative sign.
``Mr. Long is not there, so we have to be somewhat concerned as to whether there will be an agreement,'' Kantor said during an appearance in Shanghai.
Greg Mastel, global economic policy director at the New America Foundation, a Washington think tank, said Long's absence has to be viewed as a setback.
`He is the man who understands all the issues. It is strange that he would not be along if they expected to get a deal,'' Mastel said.
The two countries came very close to an agreement last April but President Clinton ultimately decided that the concessions placed by Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji did not go far enough in certain areas.
After a barrage of criticism from U.S. business groups that Clinton had walked away from a very good offer, the administration said it hoped to restart talks quickly in time for an agreement to be sent to Congress in June.
The deadline passed after China broke off further talks to protest the accidental NATO bombing of the Chinese embassy in Yugoslavia.
Clinton and Chinese President Jiang Zemin agreed during a meeting two weeks ago in New Zealand to restart the talks with the aim of getting China into the 134-member WTO before late November. That's when the Geneva-based organization that sets the rules for world trade will launch a new round of global trade talks in Seattle.
For the trade concessions to take effect, Congress must approve them in the form of legislation granting permanent normalized trade relations to China. Currently, U.S. trade relations with China are subject to annual review.
The White House accused Republican congressional leaders last week of jeopardizing chances for a trade agreement with statements indicating there was little or no chance Congress would take up the matter this year.
House Republican Leader Richard Armey responded with a statement saying that once the negotiations were completed, he looked forward ``to working hard, on behalf of the Chinese people, to ensure congressional approval of WTO accession.'' AP-NY-09-27-99
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