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2000 China Special Weapons News

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    December

  • China / Taiwan, Voice of America, 28 December 2000 -- Beijing and Taiwan are taking small steps toward historic

    direct contacts, under a new plan to allow small numbers of people

    to travel back and forth to the mainland.

  • Commentary: Review of Cross-Strait Relations in 2000, People's Daily, 28 December 2000 -- Following is the commentary, entitled "Opposing 'Taiwan Independence' and Promoting Reunification", written by Xinhua Correspondents Fan Liqing and Chen Binhua
  • Reunification Is What All Chinese People Want, People's Daily, 27 December 2000 -- Reunification, instead of "Taiwan independence," is what all Chinese people want, according to a signed article released Tuesday, December 26.
  • Yearender-China-Taiwan, Voice of America, 20 December 2000 -- In January, Taiwan plans to open its first direct links to mainland China as part of a test to see if even more direct contact is feasible.
  • Roundup: Reunification to Revive China in New Century, People's Daily, 20 December 2000 -- An editorial hailing cross-straits unity
  • Yearender: U-S / China Military, Voice of America, 19 December 2000 -- The United States and China this year restored some normalcy to their military relationship, which had been abruptly and violently interrupted last year when the United States accidentally bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.
  • China/Missile Defense L-O, Voice of America, 19 December 2000 -- China is warning the new U-S administration that it strongly opposes U-S plans to pursue national missile defense.
  • Pentagon Spokesman's Regular Briefing - Chinese Missile Test, U.S. Department of Defense, 12 December 2000 -- Q: Before we get to the V-22, I've got two quick ones. Did the Chinese launch test an intercontinental missile while the chairman was visiting China recently?
  • Cross-Straits Stalemate Dangerous: Article, People's Daily, 12 December 2000 -- Taiwan has been plagued by one chaos after another since the leader of the Taiwan authorities came to power half a year ago, and the people have been worried about cross-Straits relations in the fear of the pro-independence motives of the leadership, said a signed article released by Xinhua on Monday, December 11.

    November

  • Chinese Defense Minister Meets US Defense Department Under Secretary, People's Daily, 30 November 2000 -- Defense Minister Chi Haotian said November 30 that Sino-US defense consultations mechanism promotes mutual understanding and trust between China and the United States, and plays a positive role in furthering relations between the two countries and their armed forces.
  • Sino-US Defense Talks Promote Ties, People's Daily, 30 November 2000 -- China and the United States have agreed that the fourth defense consultations between their defense departments have enhanced mutual trust and understanding, and will help reduce differences, expand consensus and promote relations between the two armed forces.
  • China - Taiwan, Voice of America, 30 November 2000 -- China has spurned Taiwan's latest offer to renew dialogue with the mainland, insisting again that Taiwan recognize it is a part of China first.
  • State Department Noon Briefing - Chinese Export Controls, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 22 November 2000 -- QUESTION: Sorry. If I could follow-up back on a similar topic. I guess yesterday a number of Republicans came out and criticized the arms deal that was signed with China that you announced yesterday. How do you respond to when they say that China has made commitments in the past not to sell missiles and has broken them? I mean, what is different this time, if you could just sort of elaborate on that?
  • China / Space Program, Voice of America, 22 November 2000 -- China has for the first time released a policy paper to the public, which outlines its plans for space exploration.
  • State Department Noon Briefing - Chinese Export Controls, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 21 November 2000 -- "...we welcome the People's Republic of China Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's statement of November 21 regarding China's clear policy commitment not to assist in any way other countries to develop ballistic missiles that can be used to deliver nuclear weapons and to further improve and reinforce its export control system, including by publishing at an early date a comprehensive export control list of missile-related items, including dual-use items."
  • President Clinton on Future of U.S.-China Relations, The White House, Office of the Secretary, 16 November 2000 -- President Clinton's advice to his successor on the subject of U.S.-China relations is that the United States and China should continue to be active across a whole broad range of issues, including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, to build a common economic future.
  • Acceptance of One-China Principle: Only Way for Breaking Deadlock, People's Daily, 16 November 2000 -- "The only way to break the present deadlock in the cross-Straits relations is that, Taiwan authorities must acknowledge the one-China principle and clearly promise to adhere to the Common View on the One-China Principle reached by the Association of Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) and Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF)," said Wang Zaixi, deputy director of Taiwan Work Office of the CPC Central Committee and Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, during an exclusive interview with the reporter in Zhuhai on November 15.
  • China, Russia to Coordinate Stance on Anti-Missile Issue, People's Daily, 15 November 2000 -- President Jiang Zemin said November 15 in Bandar Seri Begawan that China is willing to enhance its cooperation and coordination with Russia on the anti-missile issue.
  • US Appropriation Act Interferes in China's Internal Affairs, People's Daily, 09 November 2000 -- China is "strongly displeased by and resolutely opposed to" the signing by US President Bill Clinton of the "Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriation Act, 2001," passed by the US Congress not long ago.
  • Spokesperson on the signing of "Foreign Operations, Export Financing & Related Programs Appropriation Act, 2001" by US President, Foreign Ministry, People's Republic of China, 09 November 2000 -- "The Foreign Operations, Export Financing & Related Programs Appropriation Act, 2001 recently adopted by the US Congress contains a number of anti-China provisions, which brutally interferes in China's internal affairs by using the questions of Taiwan, human rights and Tibet and seriously undermines China's interests by supporting those splittist and other hostile elements."
  • First Generation of Astronauts Being Trained in China, People's Daily, 09 November 2000 -- With a plan to launch the first manned spaceship in the early 21st century China's spaceflight department has selected four special personnel for the space-training program, hoping that they'll become China's first generation of astronauts.
  • China's First Manned Spacecraft Scheduled, People's Daily, 07 November 2000 -- China is expected to launch its first manned spaceship in the early 21st century.
  • Kasyanov Discusses Awacs Deal With Chinese Officials...As Klebanov Foresees Big Increase In Russian-Chinese Trade, RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 4, No. 215, Part I, 6 November 2000 -- nterfax on 3 November quoted Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov as saying that during his talks with Chinese officials in Beijing, the possible sale to China of Russian A-50 early warning aircraft was discussed.
  • Government to Boost Aviation, Space Activities: Official, p , 06 November 2000 -- The Chinese government will continue to devote efforts to the development of the aviation industry and space activities through integrated planning and coordination, said a government official at a correspondence reception Monday.
  • China's Astronaut Expected to Enter Outer Space Early Next Century, People's Daily, 06 November 2000 -- Hu Hongfu, deputy executive general manager of China Aerospace Science and Technology Group Company, indicated at the news briefing on the International Aviation show, which was held in Guangdong Province's Zhuhai on November 5, that China is working hard to send its astronauts into the outer space early next century after conducting several more unmanned spaceship tests by China's Manned Astro-engineering.
  • Shelton/China, Voice of America, 03 November 2000 -- The Chairman of the U-S Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Henry Shelton, is in Beijing for talks with Chinese leaders and to observe military exercises.
  • Chinese Defense Minister Meets US Guest, People's Daily, 03 November 2000 -- Chinese Defense Minister Chi Haotian urged the United States to strictly observe the principles of the three joint communiques between China and the US and to stop selling arms equipment to Taiwan.
  • Chinese, Russian PMs Sign Joint Communique, People's Daily, 03 November 2000 -- Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji and Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov signed a joint communique at the fifth regular meeting between the prime ministers of both countries in Beijing Friday.
  • Spokesperson on the passage of the resolution on "Preservation of and compliance with ABM Treaty", Foreign Ministry, People's Republic of China, 02 November 2000 -- On 1 November, the UN Committee On International Disarmament and Security of the 55th General Assembly adopted, with an overwhelming majority, the resolution of "Preservation of and Compliance with the Treaty on the Limitation of Anti-Ballistic Missile System"...which fully demonstrated the will and determination of the international community to maintain global strategic equilibrium and stability and disapproval of the development and deployment of NMD by the relevant country.
  • US Defense Secretary Meets Top Chinese General, People's Daily, 01 November 2000 -- US Defense Secretary William S. Cohen said on Monday that next US president will continuously attach importance to the Sino-US relations no matter who will be elected.

    October

  • China Puts 1st Navigation Positioning Satellite into Orbit, People's Daily, 31 October 2000 -- China successfully put its first home-made navigation positioning satellite, the Beidou Navigation Testing Satellite, into orbit early Tuesday with a Long March 3-A rocket.
  • Pentagon Spokesman's Regular Briefing - China, U.S. Department of Defense, 31 October 2000 -- Q: Can you give us a readout on Cohen's meeting with the Chinese general?
  • Former Ambassador Says China's Future in State of Transition, USIS Washington File, 27 October 2000 -- China's future will be determined largely by how its people and the rest of the world deal with the major transitions facing that country today, according to James Sasser, former U.S. Ambassador to China.
  • Beijing Sets Up Satellite Technology Company, People's Daily, 24 October 2000 -- Beijing set up a company for the application of satellite technology Monday.
  • China - E-U, Voice of America, 23 October 2000 -- French President Jacques Chirac says China may be able to enter the World Trade Organization by year end.
  • Senior Chinese Military Official To Visit DOD, U.S. Department of Defense, 23 October 2000 -- The Department of Defense announce today that Gen. Yu Yongbo, a member of the China's Central Military Commission, the body controlling China's 2.5 million man army, will head a delegation on a visit to the United States, Oct. 25 - Nov 4.
  • State Department Noon Briefing - Chinese Espionage, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 20 October 2000 -- Q: The Chinese ICBM program. There are reports that suggest the US Government may have new evidence, or newly translated evidence, that the Chinese may have acquired technologies related to that that are of special concern, that they might have acquired them even from US sources.
  • Taiwan Prepared To Negotiate With Mainland China: ROC President, CNA, 21 October 2000 -- Republic of China President Chen Shui-bian said Friday that he is willing to carry out dialogue with mainland China "on the existing foundations," but that Taipei and Beijing did not reach a consensus on the "one China" issue in 1992.
  • Taiwan / China / Chien, Voice of America, 19 October 2000 -- Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian has urged China to stop threatening the island and instead begin a dialogue to resolve problems between the two sides
  • US-China Spy, Voice of America, 19 October 2000 -- The Washington Post newspaper says an ongoing probe of alleged Chinese espionage in the United States has shifted to the possible theft of missile secrets from the Defense Department and its private contractors.
  • Pentagon Regular Briefing - Chinese Espionage, U.S. Department of Defense, 19 October 2000 -- Q: A report in the Washington Post today on the FBI investigation into Chinese espionage related to nuclear weapons technology and ballistic missile technology -- and according to this report, there has been a major reorientation in their focus, in that the focus has shifted to the Defense Department and its private contractors, in terms of technology that China seems to have obtained related to, in particular, ballistic missiles. What is your awareness of this shift?
  • ABM Treaty Concerns Security Interests of All Countries, China Says, People's Daily, 19 October 2000 -- China Wednesday voiced is stance on the national missile defense (NMD) system and the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty against the attempts to confuse the issues, saying that the treaty concerns "security interests of all the countries."
  • Premier Zhu on National Defense, People's Daily, 19 October 2000 -- Premier Zhu Rongji has called for strengthening China's national defense, stressing it is a basic guarantee to state security and the ongoing modernization drive.
  • China and Brazil to Launch Second Resources Satellite, People's Daily, 17 October 2000 -- China and Brazil are jointly developing the second Sino-Brazilian earth resources satellite (CBERS), which is expected to be launched in late 2001 to replace the first one.
  • China Develops Space Robot for Lunar Exploration, People's Daily, 17 October 2000 -- China is studying the key technologies of space robots, which will shoulder the lunar exploration mission before Chinese astronauts set foot on the moon, Sun Zengqi, a leading space robot researcher said Monday.
  • ROC President Expresses Views On Relations With China, CNA, 17 October 2000 -- The text of an interview with Republic of China President Chen Shui-bian by Juergen Kremb and Andreas Lorenz of Der Spiegel, a leading German news weekly.
  • ROC Premier Urges Taipei-Beijing Reconciliation, CNA, 17 October 2000 -- Republic of China Premier Chang Chun-hsiung said Tuesday that the time for Taipei-Beijing reconciliation has come, adding that the government will evaluate and plan for direct trade, postal, and transport links with mainland China in stages.
  • China's National Defense in 2000, People's Daily, 16 October 2000 -- The Information Office of the State Council published a white paper on China's policies on its national defense and international security issues on October 16.
  • China Pursues Defensive National Defense: White Paper, People's Daily, 16 October 2000 -- China firmly pursues a defensive national defense policy and is determined to safeguard its state sovereignty, national unity, territorial integrity and security.
  • China Will Do Its Utmost for Peaceful Reunification: White Paper, People's Daily, 16 October 2000 -- The Chinese government will do its utmost to achieve peaceful reunification, and advocates settling differences through dialogues and negotiations on the basis of the one-China principle.
  • China / Defense, Voice of America, 16 October 2000 -- China says it will increase its military spending to forestall independence moves by Taiwan and to respond to what is sees as foreign interference and power politics.
  • China's national defense in 2000, Information Office of the State Council, People's Republic of China, 16 October 2000 -- The text of a white paper on Chinese defense and security policies at the beginning of the 21st century.
  • China to Launch First Ocean Satellite Next Year, People's Daily, 13 October 2000 -- China plans to launch its first ocean satellite HY-1in 2001, which is mainly used for monitoring marine environment and calamities.
  • CHINA-CCP PLENUM, Voice of America, 12 October 2000 -- China's Communist Party leaders are calling for more open markets, faster economic growth and greater social security in their plan for the country's development over the next five years, but the party elite concluded their annual meeting with few concrete policy proposals.
  • Senator Kyl Says China Threatens U.S. Security, USIS Washington File, 11 October 2000 -- China continues to issue threats in its relationship with the United States, complained Senator Jon Kyl (Republican of Arizona) in a speech to the Senate October 10.
  • U.S. Still Ahead of China in Military Capabilities, Says Report, USIS Washington File, 11 October 2000 -- The catalyst for PLA modernization, including the procurement of advanced foreign military equipment, was China's view that its top security problem was preventing Taiwan's permanent separation and securing unification as `one China.' However, additional security goals may be precluding Japan's rise as the strongest Asian power, ensuring Chinese influence over the Korean Peninsula, supporting Chinese claims to territory in the East and South China Seas, subduing India's quest for power, and countering American power in the region.
  • Chinese Youth Urged to Join Space Research, People's Daily, 11 October 2000 -- Space conquest has been the stuff of Chinese legends for thousands of years. Now, Chinese youth are encouraged to be well-prepared to participate in the development of their country's fledgling aerospace industry.
  • Shanghai to Develop New Weather Satellites, People's Daily, 11 October 2000 -- Shanghai Aerospace Bureau will develop and launch a new generation of sun synchronous track and earth static track weather satellites in the near further, said Li Qing, chief designer of "Fengyun II" Satellite of Shanghai Aerospace Bureau, at the space science popularization public lecture, held in Shanghai on October 9 in celebration of the first "World Space Week". .
  • China to Focus on Applied Satellites and Carrier Rockets, People's Daily, 10 October 2000 -- China is going to develop mainly large-sized carrier rockets of low cost, non-poison and non-pollution and of high reliability at the beginning of the 21st century. In the meanwhile she will further raise the reliability and suitability of the carrier rockets, cut cost and shorten the interval of launching.
  • CHINA-TAIWAN, Voice of America, 10 October 2000 -- China is refusing to budge on its position on Taiwan, despite Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian's renewed offer to pursue long-lasting peace with the mainland.
  • Chen Urges Restart of Cross-Strait Dialogue In National Day MessagE, CNA, 10 October 2000 -- resident Chen Shui-bian Tuesday again urged leaders on the other side of the Taiwan Strait to set aside differences and resume dialogue with Taiwan so as to break the current deadlock and achieve a "win-win" situation.
  • CHINA / COMMUNIST PARTY PLENUM, Voice of America, 09 October 2000 -- China's top leaders are gathered in Beijing to iron out the economic and political map for the next five years.
  • TANG'S DEPARTURE INDICATES BEIJING'S IMPOTENCE REGARDING TAIWAN, CNA, 07 October 2000 -- The recent resignation of Tang Fei from the Republic of China's premiership highlights Beijing's impotence in dealing with Taiwan-related affairs, according to The Economist magazine.
  • China to Explore Moon, Mars, People's Daily, 04 October 2000 -- At a celebration of the first World Space Week held in Beijing Wednesday, Luan Enjie, director of the State Aerospace Bureau (SAB), told some 2,000 participants that China will realize its dream of exploring the moon and will actively participate in the international exploration of Mars.
  • CHINA - FALUN GONG, Voice of America, 03 October 2000 -- Supporters of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement are calling on the Chinese government to release the hundreds of practitioners detained last Sunday in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

    September

  • Remarks by the PRC Foreign Ministry on the Passage of the Bill on China's PNTR by US Senate, source, 20 September 2000 -- The bill on China's PNTR passed by the US Senate retains those elements of the bill passed by the US House of Representatives that undermine China's interests and interfere in China's internal affairs. The Chinese Government has made clear to the US Government its solemn position of firm opposition to those contents.
  • World's Longest-range Rocket Launcher Unveiled in China, People's Daily, 20 September 2000 -- Analysts say the new model's 360-kilometre range, coinciding with the average width of the Taiwan Strait of 200 kilometers plus the widest part of Taiwan Island at 160 kilometers, could prove to be a powerful weapon to thwart the elements in the island who want to seperate it from the motherland.
  • Secretary Cohen Sept. 19 News Briefing in Bangkok, U.S. Department of Defense, 19 September 2000 -- Q: How do you see China developing and what ways do you seeit threatening U.S. interests?
  • Taiwan Leader Making "Dangerous Option": Magazine, People's Daily, 19 September 2000 -- The latest issue of the Beijing-based magazine Cross-Straits Relations carried an article accusing the Taiwan leader of making a "dangerous option" with his recent separatist remarks.
  • Senate Passes China PNTR Bill, USIS Washington File, 19 September 2000 --The Senate passed H.R. 4444, the bill that grants China Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status, by a 83 to 15 vote September 19.
  • White House Fact Sheet on PNTR for China, The White House, Office of the Secretary, 19 September 2000 -- Passage of PNTR by both the House and the Senate marks an historic moment in our pursuit of open markets and stronger U.S.-China relations, and continues to pave the way toward economic freedom for the Chinese people.
  • Clinton Statement on Senate China PNTR Vote, The White House, Office of the Secretary, 19 September 2000 -- "This landmark agreement will extend economic prosperity at home and promote economic freedom in China, increasing the prospects for openness in China and a more peaceful future for all of us."
  • Albright's Sept. 19 Statement on PNTR for China, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 19 September 2000 -- "This historic decision will provide newopportunities for American businesses, farmers and workers in adynamic and important market and, by opening China further to theexport of goods from America, help us sustain the economic growth wehave experienced during the past eight years."
  • SENATE CHINA TRADE, Voice of America, 18 September 2000 -- The U-S Senate is poised to give final congressional approval to the bill that will give permanent normal trade relations to China.
  • Final Debate on China PNTR Bill Begins, USIS Washington File, 18 September 2000 -- The Senate began final debate September 15 on H.R. 4444, the legislation that would grant China Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status, with opponents to the bill criticizing China's human rights abuses and supporters citing benefits to the U.S. economy and economic and political liberalization in China.
  • CHINA-YINING RIOTS, Voice of America, 15 September 2000 -- China is recovering from a deadly explosion this month in the capital of its far western province, Xinjiang - where about the half the population is Uighur Muslim and there are deep ethnic divisions.
  • Senate Sweeps Away Proposed Amendments to China PNTR Bill, USIS Washington File, 15 September 2000 -- Supporters of H.R. 4444, the bill that would grant China Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status, swept away the last of the proposed amendments to the bill September 14.
  • Spokesperson on US Senate's decision of indefinitely postponing voting on the so-called China's Non-proliferation amendment, People's Republic of China Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 14 September 2000 -- China firmly opposes the attempts by a small number of members of US Congress to interfere in China's internal affairs and disrupt Sino-US relations in the name of non-proliferation.
  • In Conference on Disarmament, China, United States Address Issues of US National Missile Defense System, ABM Treaty, UN Press Release, 14 September 2000 -- The representative of China warned that there would be grave consequences if a United States National Missile Defense System was developed and deployed.
  • Urumqi Explosion an Accident: Experts, People's Daily, 13 September 2000 -- The Ministry of Public Security announced Wednesday that the catastrophic explosion that occurred on September 8 in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, was an accident.
  • SENATE - CHINA TRADE, Voice of America, 13 September 2000 -- The U-S Senate will not link trade with China to Beijing's arms proliferation record.
  • Thompson-Torricelli Amendment on China Nonproliferation, USIS Washington File, 12 September 2000 -- Senator Fred Thompson (Republican of Tennessee) offered September 11 what had been a bill on weapons proliferation as an amendment to H.R. 4444, the bill that would grant China Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status.
  • Beijing Boosts Air-Land-Sea Combined Attack Capability: US Report, CNA, 12 September 2000 -- Mainland China is bolstering its capacity for joint air, land, and sea operations while developing a computer warfare capacity and strengthening its communications against monitoring, according to a US report.
  • DoD News Briefing, U.S. Department of Defense, 12 September 2000 -- Q: There's a congressional staff report out that says that China's modernizing its military and developing joint war-fighting faster than the Pentagon estimates. Would you agree with that assessment, or do you have a different view?
  • China's Military Eyes Hi-tech in Drills, People's Daily, 11 September 2000 -- The new round of drills will enable the Chinese military to catch up with the high-tech developments, and will have far-reaching significance on its success in future wars.
  • SENATE - CHINA, Voice of America, 11 September 2000 -- The U-S Senate is expected to vote before week's end on a trade bill with China. Only one major hurdle stands in the way: an effort by Beijing's critics in Congress to link trade to Chinese arms proliferation.
  • CHINA-CATHOLICS, Voice of America, 11 September 2000 -- China has been expanding its crackdown on underground Christians in the past month, with more arrests of worshippers and priests not registered with the government.
  • Draft Summary of Thompson Amendment to PNTR Bill, USIS Washington File, 11 September 2000 -- The purpose of this legislation is to respond to the proliferation activities of key suppliers of weapons of mass destruction and missile technologies, which constitute a serious threat to the nation's security and regional stability.
  • Senator Thompson Ties Non-Proliferation Act to China PNTR, USIS Washington File, 11 September 2000 -- Senator Fred Thompson (Republican of Tennessee) September 11 introduced the China Non-Proliferation Act as an amendment to H.R. 4444, the bill that would grant China Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status.
  • CHINA-EXPLOSION, Voice of America, 09 September 2000 -- Chinese state media say 60 people have been killed and 300 others injured in an explosion in the northwestern Xinjiang province.
  • CLINTON-CHINA, Voice of America, 08 September 2000 -- President Clinton has met in New York with Chinese President Jiang Zemin, the latest in a series of bilateral talks on the sidelines of the U-N summit.
  • CHINA TRADE-WEAPONS, Voice of America, 08 September 2000 -- The U-S Senate appears headed for a showdown on normalizing trade with China, and whether that country should also face sanctions for peddling weapons of mass destruction.
  • Remarks By The President In Photo Opportunity With President Jiang Zemin of China, The White House, Office of the Spokesman, 08 September 2000 -- Q: Can you offer any assurances to President Jiang on the China trade bill, that it will eventually be passed, and on the national defense system that you deferred last week?
  • Background Briefing By A Senior Administration Official On President Clinton's Bilateral With President Jiang Zemin of China, The White House, Office of the Spokesman, 08 September 2000 -- Key issues include: Cross-strait relations between the mainland and Taiwan; missile proliferation; PNTR and China's entry into the WTO; Tibet, and separately, but related, obviously, the issue of religious restrictions in China; Korea, North-South summit, the missiles for launch proposal that President Putin reported from his trip to North Korea; and a review of U.S.-China relations and what they've learned about their relationship in eight years of dealing with each other.
  • CHINA-WTO-TAIWAN, Voice of America, 07 September 2000 -- China is refusing to back off from its proposal that the World Trade Organization grant membership to Taiwan only if it is recognized as a part of China.
  • Taiwan Can Only Join WTO as China's Separate Customs Territory, People's Daily, 07 September 2000 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Sun Yuxi told a press conference that the Chinese government has held a consistent and clear-cut stance on Taiwan's entry into the WTO, adding that "We oppose Taiwan authorities' attempts to create 'two Chinas' or 'one China, one Taiwan' in multilateral and bilateral areas by taking advantage of WTO."
  • SENATE-CHINA TRADE, Voice of America, 07 September 2000 -- The U-S Senate is moving closer to granting permanent normal trade relations [P-N-T-R] to China, though some lawmakers say the plan should also protect human rights.
  • Mainland Adheres to One-China Principle: Official, People's Daily, 06 September 2000 -- The mainland maintains that there is only one China in the world and both the mainland and Taiwan belong to the same China. And China's sovereignty and territorial integrity are inalienable.
  • Shrinking Back From Difficulties Is Sensible, People's Daily, 05 September 2000 -- Before the convocation of the UN Millenium Summit, US President Bill Clinton announced the temporary postponement of the deployment of the NMD system, this move means that Clinton leaves this thorny problem to his successor for solution. This is a sensible decision and is therefore widely welcomed by the international community.
  • Chinese President in Interview with CBS Anchor, People's Daily, 05 September 2000 -- President Jiang Zemin said in an interview with "60 Minutes" that as the new century approaches, it is imperative to "build towards a constructive strategic partnership" between China and the United States.
  • Spokesman on President Clinton's Decision Not to Deploy NMD for the Time Being, Chinese Foreign Ministry Statement, 02 September 2000
  • DPP DOES NOT RULE OUT `UNIFICATION' AS OPTION FOR TAIWAN'S FUTURE, CNA, 06 September 2000 -- The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has resolved its pro-independence platform issue and its current goal is to maintain Taiwan's status quo.
  • ROC OFFICIALS RESPOND TO MAINLAND PRESIDENT'S REMARKS, CNA, 06 September 2000 -- The Republic of China looks forward to seeing the top leaders on both sides of the Taiwan Strait exchange visits and sit down to talk.
  • CREW OF PENGHU FISHING BOAT SAID ARRESTED FOR 'SPYING', CNA, 06 September 2000 -- A Penghu-based fishing boat, which has been missing since May 21, is reportedly being held in custody by mainland Chinese coastal authorities.
  • CHINA WILL INCREASE MISSILES WITH OR WITHOUT US NMD: EXPERT, CNA, 06 September 2000 -- Developments in recent years demonstrate that China will increase its strategic and theater range missile forces with or without US NMD deployment.
  • CROSS-STRAIT TIES IN `COLD STORAGE' STAGE: MAC , CNA, 05 September 2000 -- Mainland China has two reasons for putting cross-strait ties in `cold storage' - mainland China needs a peaceful, stable environment to develop its economy and would not like to see cross-strait ties become a hot topic in the current US presidential campaign.
  • CHINA - US MISSILE DEFENSE, Voice of America, 05 September 2000 -- China is urging the United States to completely scrap a proposed anti-missile defense system.
  • SENATE-CHINA TRADE, Voice of America, 05 September 2000 -- The U-S Senate has started a final push toward a vote on permanent normal trade relations for China, but the plan could be derailed by concerns about Beijing's weapons proliferation.
  • CHINA-MISSILE REACT, Voice of Americaoice of America, 02 September 2000 -- China has welcomed U-S President Bill Clinton's decision not to deploy an anti-missile defense system, saying that the decision will help world peace.

    August

  • CHINA MILLENNIUM SUMMIT, Voice of Americaoice of America, 31 August 2000 -- A Beijing official says China plans to use the upcoming United Nations Millennium summit to oppose the proposed U-S anti-missile defense system.
  • CHINA-JAPAN VISIT WRAP, Voice of America, 31 August 2000 -- Recently strained China-Japan ties could be on the road to recovery after the Japanese foreign minister's four-day trip to Beijing.
  • CHINESE FARMERS HIT HARD BY CHINA'S ECONOMIC REFORMS, CNA, 31 August 2000 -- Hundreds of millions of Chinese farmers have been hit hard as they missed out on the benefits of mainland China's economic reforms, forcing them to resort to demonstrations against the growing abuse of power by local officials.
  • BEIJING LEADERSHIP CHANGES TO BE MADE: REPORT, CNA, 30 August 2000 -- Beijing leadership changes will be made from late 2002 to early 2003, with the pivotal event being the 16th National Congress of the Communist Party in late 2002, according to Asiaweek magazine.
  • FARMERS REBEL IN JIANGXI, CHINA: REPORT, CNA, 30 August 2000 -- Thousands of farmers are in revolt near the cradle of the communist revolution in Jiangxi province, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) said.
  • US-CHINA RELATIONS, Voice of America, 30 August 2000 -- A high-ranking Chinese official says relations between the United States and Beijing are back on track after last year's U-S bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.
  • ARMS SALES LIKELY TO CAUSE US-MAINLAND CHINA FRICTION: US ANALYSTS, CNA, 29 August 2000 -- Since mainland China continues to link its arms exports to other sensitive issues such as US military sales to Taiwan, US concerns about specific sales will likely be a periodic source of tension in relations between Washington and Beijing, according to two American experts in East Asian affairs.
  • CHINA-FARMER PROTESTS, Voice of America, 29 August 2000 -- A human rights group says that more than 20- thousand farmers in eastern China have rioted over heavy taxes.
  • CHINA-JAPAN TALKS, Voice of America, 28 August 2000 -- Japan says Chinese naval activities in Japanese waters risks deteriorating relations between the two countries.
  • EXCERPTS OF ROC PRESIDENT'S AUG. 28 PRESS CONFERENCE, CNA, 28 August 2000 -- Taiwanese President's remarks about cross-strait relations.
  • MAC URGES CROSS-STRAIT TALKS ON 'MINI DIRECT LINKS', CNA, 28 August 2000 -- The government is taking a positive stance on the implementation of the so-called "mini three direct links" -- direct trade, shipping and communications links between the Republic of China's offshore islands of Kinmen, Matsu and Penghu with mainland China -- and concrete plans are expected to be put on the drawing-board in the near future.
  • NATIONAL UNIFICATION NOT ONLY OPTION: DPP OFFICIAL, CNA, 27 August 2000 -- An official of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said national unification is not the only option for Taiwan and the concept should be adjusted to conform to mainstream values.
  • BEIJING URGED NOT TO IMPOSE POLITICAL BARRIER TO '3 LINKS', CNA, 26 August 2000 -- Mainland China should not impose any political barrier to the proposed opening of direct "three links" across the Taiwan Strait, a senior mainland affairs official said Saturday.
  • PFP UNVEILS GUIDELINES ON ITS MAINLAND CHINA POLICY, CNA, 24 August 2000 -- Refusing to take sides in the long-standing argument between Taiwan's pro-reunification and pro-independence forces, PFP leader James Soong took pains to position his party as "pragmatic" in terms of its approach toward the mainland.
  • PFP ISSUES 6-POINT STANCE ON CROSS-STRAIT TIES, CNA, 24 August 2000 -- Taiwan's opposition People First Party (PFP) issued a lengthy report Friday on its basic views and stances on relations across the Taiwan Strait.
  • 'ONE CHINA' POLICY GOOD FOR TAIWAN, CHINA: US EXPERT, CNA, 24 August 2000 -- It makes a great deal of sense for the United States to maintain its "one China" policy, because it reduces the possibility of war across the Taiwan Strait, compels PRC modernization and democratization, and buys time without endangering Taiwan, claimed an American defense expert Thursday.
  • SNUBBING THE DALAI LAMA AT THE U-N, Voice of America, 11 August 2000 -- A controversy is brewing around the failure of the United Nations to invite the exiled Tibetan religious leader, the Dalai Lama, to an upcoming conference of world religious figures at the U-N's New York headquarters at the end of August.
  • U-S-CHINA-TAIWAN, Voice of America, 04 August 2000 -- Clinton administration officials are minimizing the political importance of a decision to allow Taiwan's new president, Chen Shui-bian, to make an overnight stay in Los Angeles later this month while en route to the Caribbean and Africa.
  • Spokesperson on the Draft Resolution tabled by A Few Countries Concerning "Taiwan's Participation in the UN", Chinese Foreign Ministry Statement, 04 August 2000 -- ...This constitutes a wanton trample of the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, a distortion of the organizational nature of the UN, and a brutal interference in China's internal affairs. We are greatly angered by and resolutely opposed to it...

    July

  • CHINA-CORRUPTION, Voice of America, 31 July 2000 -- China has sentenced a senior official to death for taking bribes.
  • U-S / CHINA'S MILITARY, Voice of America, 28 July 2000 -- U-S military leaders have been maintaining close contacts with their Chinese counterparts with the idea of improving relations and keeping track of what China is up to.
  • SENATE-CHINA TRADE, Voice of America, 27 July 2000 -- The U-S Senate has signaled its strong support for permanent normal trade relations with China, setting the plan on course for likely approval in September.
  • CHINA-FALUN GONG, Voice of America, 22 July 2000 -- More than a hundred protesters from the Falun Gong spiritual movement have been arrested in Beijing's Tiananmen Square (Saturday morning), as they marked the first anniversary of China's ban on their group.
  • INDIA/CHINA, Voice of America, 21 July 2000 -- China's foreign minister arrives in India late Friday [today] for an official visit.
  • CHINA-FALUN GONG, Voice of America, 20 July 2000 -- More than 90 protesters from the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement have been arrested in Beijing's Tiananmen Square (Thursday), as they marked the first anniversary of a Chinese government crackdown against their group.
  • CHINA-ARMY CORRUPTION, Voice of America, 19 July 2000 -- China's former military intelligence chief will be indicted for corruption in China's biggest smuggling case in decades.
  • CHINA-RUSSIA RELATIONS, Voice of America, 19 July 2000 -- The meeting of the presidents of China and Russia in Beijing this week indicates warming relations between the two sometimes quarrelsome powers.
  • CHINA - ISRAEL - AWACS, Voice of America, 14 July 2000 -- Israel's decision to stop the sale of an airborne radar system to China may force Beijing to look elsewhere for the sophisticated military equipment.
  • Secretary Cohen Press Conference, U.S. Department of Defense, 14 July 2000 -- Q: I would like to ask you about the issue of sanctions on China. We've talked about developing military relations, but sanctions were imposed on China after the Tiananmen massacre. Some in the Clinton administration would like to see those sanctions lifted and that could possibly lead to the resumption of arms sales to China. What's your view of those sanctions and the possibility of future arms sales to China?
  • Press Conference with Secretary of Defense Cohen, U.S. Department of Defense, 13 July 2000 -- Over the last decade, China has made major contributions toward supporting non-proliferation and arms control by joining international regimes such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Chemical Weapons Convention. And while the United States may question whether China has done enough, it must be clear that China has taken significant steps toward integration into world and regional structures for stability and prosperity
  • U.S. Broadens Military Contact With China, American Forces Press Service, 13 July 2000 -- Reciprocal port visits, consultative talks and high-level defense visits will highlight renewed U.S. military ties with China, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen told about 200 students at the National Defense University here July 13.
  • CHINA-ISRAEL-US, Voice of America, 13 July 2000 -- China has reacted with restrained anger at Israel's cancellation of a deal to sell Beijing a 250- million-dollar airborne radar system and indirectly accused the United States of meddling in its foreign relations.
  • U-S / ISRAEL / CHINA, Voice of America, 12 July 2000 -- Bowing to U-S concerns, Israel is calling off a deal with China for the sale of an aircraft equipped with advanced early warning radar technology.
  • CHINA-COHEN, Voice of America, 12 July 2000 -- US Defense Secretary William Cohen has opened talks in Beijing with his Chinese counterpart, General Chi Haotian, as China stepped up its criticism of US plans for a national anti-missile defense system.
  • Taiwan, Missile Defense Top Cohen's China Talks, American Forces Press Service, 12 July 2000 -- China's national defense minister says China seeks a peaceful reunification with Taiwan and does not intend to use military force, a senior U.S. official reported here July 12.
  • Cohen Remarks after the ceremony of signing of an Environmental Memorandum of Understanding Between the United States and China, U.S. Department of Defense, 12 July 2000 -- Q: Minister Chi if I may aske you a question about today's talks. Why is China building up its forces of ballistic missiles within range of Taiwan and was this discussed in today's meeting?
  • Cohen Remarks at the Ministry of National Defense, Beijing, China, U.S. Department of Defense, 12 July 2000 -- Let me indicate to you how pleased I am to return to China...
  • Cohen Forecasts Positive China Visit, American Forces Press Service, 11 July 2000 -- U.S.-Chinese military relations, severed after the May 1999 accidental bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, are getting back on track.
  • CHINA-COHEN, Voice of America, 11 July 2000 -- US Defense Secretary William Cohen has arrived in Beijing on a five-day visit aimed at shoring up Sino-US military ties.
  • CHINA-WORLD BANK-TIBET, Voice of America, 11 July 2000 -- China has lashed out at the United States and Japan, accusing them of politicizing a controversial World Bank loan it had hoped would help fund the resettlement of poor Chinese farmers in a traditionally ethnic Tibetan area.
  • SENATE-CHINA, Voice of America, 11 July 2000 -- Democrats in the U-S Senate are stepping up pressure for a vote on granting permanent normal trade relations to China.
  • Cohen News Briefing, U.S. Department of Defense, 10 July 2000 -- Q: Are you going to talk to China about U. S. concerns that they're proliferating missile technology, especially to Pakistan and, I believe, Libya?
  • Cohen News Briefing, U.S. Department of Defense, 10 July 2000 -- Q: The Chinese have been extremely unhappy about, not only national missile defense but also U. S. plans for theater missile defenses in Asia. In light of this test, does that take some of the steam out of that issue? Will you be telling the Chinese that this is something that, whether it's this year or next year, is definitely coming out?
  • Launch of China's Smallest Satellite Successful, People's Daily, 08 July 2000 -- China's smallest satellite, launched a week ago, has basically finished its testing mission and is now working well, an official of the Astronautics Research Center of Qinghua University said here today.
  • CHINA-US-ARMS Voice of America 08 July 2000 -- China is adamantly opposed to US plans for a national missile defense it fears will upset the global strategic balance and neutralize its own limited arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
  • China to Put 10 Meteorological Satellites into Orbit in Decade, People's Daily, 07 July 2000 -- China plans to develop and project ten advanced meteorological satellites into orbit in the coming decade to improve the accuracy of its weather and natural disaster forecasts, an official said in Beijig Thursday.
  • China Slams US Missile Shield Before Talks, People's Daily, 07 July 2000 -- China thundered its opposition to US missile defence plans on Thursday, as an American delegation arrived in Beijing to resume arms control talks after a year's hiatus. Foreign Ministry spokesman Sun Yuxi took aim at two US anti-ballistic missile schemes -- the National Missile Defence (NMD) shield for the United States and the Theatre Missile Defence (TMD) for its allies and troops in Asia.
  • CHINA-US-ARMS Voice of America 07 July 2000 -- China and the United States have resumed formal talks on arms control and non-proliferation -- suspended following the NATO bombing of China's embassy in Yugoslavia last year.
  • U-S-CHINA - TRACK TWO Voice of America 06 July 2000 -- When Chinese and American negotiators resume arms control talks in Beijing Friday, some ideas that arise during their discussions may have originated in what is called the "Track Two" dialogue.
  • CHINA-US-ARMS Voice of America 06 July 2000 -- U-S delegation -- led by President Clinton's top advisor on arms control, John Holum - will want to discuss allegations of continuing Chinese help for Pakistan's missile programs.
  • SENATE-CHINA TRADE Voice of America 06 July 2000 -- Majority Leader Trent Lott has decided the Senate should take up another bill first - one that would punish China for selling weapons to countries like Pakistan.
  • China Ready for Second Unpiloted Spacecraft Launch, SPACE.com, 05 July 2000 -- China continues to push forward toward its goal of sending an astronaut into space, with an eye on a piloted launch as early as next year. If successful, China would become the third nation to launch people into space using their own rockets - a feat only accomplished by the United States and Russia.
  • WORLD BANK CHINA LOAN MAY HARM TIBET Voice of America 05 July 2000 -- Pro Tibetan activists around the world have been calling attention to this controversial loan for months, claiming that it will displace traditional Tibetan and Mongol herders from their ancestral homes.
  • Taiwan Authorities Should Make Real Efforts for Reopening Dialogs People's Daily Wednesday, July 05, 2000 -- The common view of the ARATS and the SEF does not involve, still less aims to solve difference in the political content of one China.
  • CHINA-US-PAKISTAN Voice of America 04 July 2000 -- China has denied that it is selling missile technology to Pakistan or otherwise aiding Pakistan's missile program.
  • Arms Race Gains Speed, Headed by US People's Daily Tuesday, July 04, 2000 -- To keep the world arms race under control, US military hegemonism must be stopped. It is the source of worsening global security. The United States has drafted an aggressive global strategy.

    June

  • Shunning One-China Principle Is No Way Out People's Daily Friday, June 30, 2000 - A commentary released by Xinhua News Agency Thursday said that the new leaders in Taiwan are shunning the One-China principle and have denied the common understanding reached by the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) and Taiwan's Strait Exchange Foundation (SEF).
  • ISRAEL / U-S / CHINA Voice of America 30 June 2000 -- Top Israeli officials are indicating the controversial sale of an advanced radar plane to China may be cancelled, after strong protests about the arms deal from the United States.
  • Text: Lott Requests Unanimous Consent on China Proliferation Bill 30 June 2000 -- Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (Republican of Mississippi) sought unanimous consent from the Senate June 30 to schedule a time for debate and a vote on a bill that would penalize China for its role in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
  • CHINA-TAIWAN Voice of America 29 June 2000 -- China is rejecting a pledge by Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian to embrace a 1992 deal whereby Beijing and Taipei agreed to disagree about how to define their relationship.
  • CHINA MISSILE Voice of America 29 June 2000 -- A group of prominent experts on Chinese politics have written to President Clinton asking him to put off his coming decision on whether to build a limited U-S missile defense system.
  • Peaceful Reunification Benefits People on Both Sides of Taiwan Straits People's Daily Thursday, June 29, 2000 - Bringing about the peaceful reunification of the motherland by applying the "one country, two systems" principle conforms to the vital interests and felicity of the people on both sides of the Taiwan Straits.
  • CHINA-TAIWAN-BRITAIN Voice of America 27 June 2000 -- China has reacted with fury at Britain for allowing a visit by former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui.
  • TAIWAN - ONE CHINA, Voice of America, 28 June 2000 -- Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian has taken a step closer toward possible talks with Beijing by offering to accept the "one China" policy - with a caveat: each side can have its own interpretation of what it means.
  • China Successfully Launches Fengyun 2 Meteorological Satellite, People's Daily, 26 June 2000 -- This is China's second geostationary meteorological satellite. It is an improved version of the first Fengyun 2 meteorological satellite launched by China in 1997, Chinese experts said. The satellite has a designed life span of three years.
  • Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright Press Conference, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 22 June 2000 -- "A second and very timely topic in our meetings today was Taiwan. The United States would like to see a resumption of the cross-strait dialogue and efforts to reduce tensions. The recent election of a new President of Taiwan could provide a fresh opportunity for progress, and certainly more will be gained through flexibility and appeals to shared interest, than could possibly be achieved through efforts to intimidate."
  • Excerpt: Senator Thompson Warns China on Arms Proliferation 22 June 2000 -- Senator Fred Thompson (Republican of Tennessee), author of a bill that would set up a system to monitor and penalize China for proliferating weapons of mass destruction, gave fellow senators a tour-de-horizon of Chinese actions that he said would threaten regional peace and U.S. national security. Especially egregious, in his sight, was China's assistance to Pakistan in building a missile factory.
  • Future Military Capabilities and Strategy of the People's Republic of China, Report to Congress pursuant to Section 1226 of the FY98 National Defense Authorization Act) (Washington, DC: Department of Defense, June 2000)
  • Text: House Armed Services Chairman Remarks on China 21 June 2000 -- While the Clinton Administration pursues what it calls a policy of strategic engagement or partnership with China, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee says he sees a China with intentions toward the United States that may be "more threatening than is widely accepted."
  • TAIWAN / CHEN, Voice of America, 20 June 2000 -- During his first news conference since taking office one month ago, Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian invited Beijing to a summit seeking a resolution to bilateral differences. From Taipei, Mike Clendenin reports President Chen is continuing with his conciliatory gestures toward China.
  • CHINA-TAIWAN Voice of America 20 June 2000 -- China has turned down an invitation by Taiwan's new president for the two cross-strait rivals to meet in a summit modeled on last week's historic inter-Korean talks.
  • CHINA - BOXER REBELLION Voice of America 20 June 2000 -- This year marks the 100th anniversary of China's Boxer Rebellion.
  • CHINA SATELLITE FINE Voice of America 14 June 2000 -- The Lockheed Martin Corporation -- the world's largest defense equipment contractor -- has agreed to pay a 13-million-dollar fine to the U-S government.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 2000 -- We reached a consensual settlement with Lockheed Martin over their transfer to China of space launch assistance. The settlement involves $13 million in total penalties; $8 million will be paid over a four-year period, $5 million of which has been suspended. Lockheed can draw on the suspended $5 million to fund a series of remedial compliance measures that are specified in the consent agreement and the annex to the agreement.
  • SENATE-CHINA TRADE Voice of America 07 June 2000 -- Backers of permanent normal trade relations with China are pushing for an early vote in the U-S Senate to follow last month's favorable vote in the House of Representatives.
  • Transcript: Shirk on U.S.-China Relations on "Dialogue" 05 June 2000 -- Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with China, China's accession into the World Trade Organization (WTO) and a reduction in tensions between China and Taiwan are among the top priorities of the Clinton Administration.
  • Text: Barshefsky Calls For Early Senate Vote on PNTR 05 June 2000 -- Clinton Administration officials are urging the Senate to consider legislation granting Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) as soon as the week of June 12, with a vote possible by the end of that week, says U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky.
  • CHINA-ANNIVERSARY-PROTESTS Voice of America 04 June 2000 -- Chinese authorities have tightened security to prevent citizens from commemorating the anniversary of a violent crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators eleven years ago.
  • CHINA ANNIVERSARY Voice of America 02 June 2000 -- Eleven years after Chinese troops mowed down pro-democracy demonstrators around Beijing's Tiananmen Square, relatives of the victims are still asking the Chinese government to punish those responsible and compensate bereaved families.
  • Taiwan As Part of China Shall Not Change People's Daily 02 June 2000 -- Since taking office, Lu has spread many fallacies about Taiwan independence. The Chinese people will not tolerate Lu's provocation, which will surely worsen cross-Straits relations.
  • Taiwan's Future Lies in Reunification: Army Daily People's Daily 01 June 2000 -- As a hilly island, Taiwan also lacks strategic depth and is susceptible to outside attacks, the article said.
  • TAIWAN WARNING Voice of America 01 June 2000 -- Hong Kong politicians and business leaders are reacting angrily to a warning from Beijing not to engage in trade with companies that openly support Taiwan independence.
  • DoD Background Briefing June 1, 2000 -- We have told the Russians that the question of cooperating with our NATO allies on defense against long-range missiles is an issue that is likely to arise in a future round of negotiations. We believe that the Chinese program will produce a force that is not going to be threatened by a national missile defense. And it is our intention not to threaten the Chinese with a national missile defense
  • The Issue of South China Sea, Ministry of Foreign Affairs People's Republic of China, 00 June 2000 -- An explanation of China's claim of sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters.

    May

  • U.S.-China: PNTR Vote Applauded, But Will Trade Transform China? Foreign Media Reaction May 30, 2000 -- Many editorial writers hailed what they perceived to be an "end" to U.S. "isolationism" and Washington's "traditional policy of restraining China." An almost equal number, however, while welcoming the vote, voiced worries that rapid changes in China's economy would lead to significant increases in unemployment and a greater degree of social unrest.
  • Ten Major Benefits of Peaceful Reunification People's Daily 30 May 2000 -- Our Daily Tuesday publishes a signed article deliberating on 10 major benefits of a peaceful reunification of China. Chen Kongli, the author of the article, wrote the 10 major benefits as follows.
  • JIANG-CLINTON Voice of America 29 May 2000 -- China's official news agency says Chinese President Jiang Zemin called President Clinton Sunday night to thank him for shepherding crucial trade legislation through the U-S House of Representatives last week.
  • Taiwan Leader Urged to Stop Blurring, Evading One-China Principle People's Daily 27 May 2000 -- The Xinhua News Agency published a signed commentary Friday urging the Taiwan leader to show his sincerity and goodwill on cross-Straits ties by ceasing to blur and evade the One-China Principle.
  • Taiwan Should Take Steps to Improve Cross-Straits Relations People's Daily 27 May 2000 -- The much-anticipated May 20 speech by the new leader was a disappointment. The speech side-stepped the one-China principle. The issue of Taiwan should not be dragged on forever.
  • Risk of Arms Race Seen in U.S. Design of Missile Defense By MICHAEL R. GORDON and STEVEN LEE MYERSThe New York Times May 27, 2000 -- Some senior intelligence experts nonetheless believe that a missile defense will prompt the Chinese to build up their strategic force beyond what they had previously planned, in order to ensure that it remains viable. The American intelligence community's assessment will be contained in a new official intelligence report on the responses of foreign governments to a United States missile defense.
  • PLA MILITARY EXERCISES ROUTINE SAYS MND May 26 (CNA) The artillery exercises presently being carried out by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Fujian Province are part of routine annual drills and do not signal a threat from the mainland.
  • US SENATORS INTRODUCE CHINA NON-PROLIFERATION BILL May 25 (CNA) Two US senators Thursday introduced legislation in the Senate, seeking to address Communist China's continued proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the means to deliver them.
  • Commentary on Taiwan Leader's May 20 Speech People's Daily Friday, May 26, 2000 -- As the Taiwan leader has not given up his "Taiwan independence" stance, he has no sincerity and goodwill to create a "new age of reconciliation," the commentary said.
  • Text: Senators Thompson and Torricelli Introduce China Bill 26 May 2000 -- One day after the historic vote in the House of Representatives to grant China Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status, two senators announced that they would seek to have either parallel legislation or an amendment to the China trade bill aimed at curbing that nation's role in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
  • Text: Summary of Senator Thompson's Draft China Legislation 26 May 2000 -- China would pay a penalty for its proliferation activities, according to a summary of the proposed "China Nonproliferation Act," released by the office of Senator Fred Thompson (Republican of Tennessee).
  • CHINA-WTO Voice of America 26 May 2000 -- China's top trade negotiator is trying to convince the country's ailing state-owned enterprises of the benefits of China joining the World Trade Organization.
  • CHINA TRADE NORMALIZATION VOTE Voice of America 26 May 2000 -- Most newspapers have come out in favor of the legislation, but a minority worried that normalizing trade gives away the last lever this country has to press China on human rights issues.
  • SENATE-CHINA TRADE Voice of America 25 May 2000 -- For American labor unions, the House vote (Wednesday) in favor of permanent normal trade is a bitter defeat.
  • U-S - CHINA / HUMAN RIGHTS Voice of America 25 May 2000 -- The legislation, approved Wednesday by the House of Representatives, giving normal trade status to China includes a provision that would create a special commission to monitor China's human-rights problems.
  • U-S HOUSE APPROVES NORMALIZING CHINA TRADE Voice of America 25 May 2000 -- The victory, by a surprisingly easy vote of 237 in favor, to 197 against, was a major foreign policy victory for President Clinton.
  • CHINA TRADE / POLITICS Voice of America 25 May 2000 -- President Clinton is trying to heal divisions in his Democratic Party caused by the recent battle in Congress over normalizing U-S trade with China.
  • CHINA TRADE / HIGH TECH REACT Voice of America 25 May 2000 -- U-S high technology firms, particular telecommunications and computer software and hardware companies, are among the strongest supporters of improved trade ties with China.
  • CHINA - TRADE REACT Voice of America 25 May 2000 -- Beijing is also criticizing provisions in the bill that would set up a commission to monitor its human rights record.
  • CHINA-PROTEST END Voice of America 25 May 2000 -- Two nights of protest by students at Beijing University have ended, after campus officials agreed to hold a memorial service for a murdered student.
  • CHINA-STUDENT PROTEST Voice of America 24 May 2000 -- Up to two-thousand Beijing University students staged a second night of protests after the murder of a fellow student.
  • CLINTON-CHINA TRADE Voice of America 24 May 2000 -- President Clinton - with considerable help from the Republican majority in Congress - has secured a major legislative victory with House approval of permanent, normal, U-S trade status for China.
  • Text: Clinton Statement on House PNTR Vote 24 May 2000 -- Today, the House of Representatives has taken an historic step toward continued prosperity in America, reform in China, and peace in the world.
  • Specter of US NMD Hovers Over Europe People's Daily Wednesday, May 24, 2000 -- Most of the European countries adopt a sceptical attitude toward US planned deployment of the missile defense system. Having no fear of being attacked from behind, the United States will definitely become more offensive in the international arena.
  • House Begins Debate on China PNTR By Steve LaRocque Washington File 23 May 2000 -- The House of Representatives began debate on granting China Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status May 23. The debate will continue on May 24.
  • House Rules Committee Takes Up Terms of PNTR Debate By Steve LaRocque Washington File 23 May 2000 -- The House Rules Committee took up the issue of the terms of the upcoming floor debate in the House of Representatives on legislation granting China Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status May 23.
  • Text: Commerce Secretary on China PNTR to World Economic Forum 23 May 2000 -- Failing to grant China Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status and membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO) would have major consequences for the United States, U.S. Secretary of Commerce William Daley said in May 23 remarks in Washington, D.C. to the World Economic Forum.
  • CONGRESS - CHINA DEBATE Voice of America 23 May 2000 -- The U-S House of Representatives will vote Wednesday on a controversial bill to establish permanent normal trade relations with China.
  • CHINA / DISSIDENT / PNTR Voice of America 23 May 2000 -- A prominent Chinese dissident is urging the U- S Congress to approve permanent normal trade status for China.
  • HONG KONG / TAIWAN / CHINA Voice of America 23 May 2000 -- As China and Taiwan struggle with the difficult issue of possible reunification, questions arise about whether the "one country - two systems" model will work for Taiwan as it has for Hong Kong.
  • One-China Principle Is Not Saddled on Taiwan People's Daily 23 May 2000 -- Insistence on the One-China Principle on both sides of the Straits has ensured cross-Straits peace and exchanges, the commentary said, noting that Taiwan people, though having doubts about immediate reunification due to a number of factors, widely agree with the principle.
  • CHINA-TAIWAN FLEXIBILITY Voice of America 23 May 2000 -- China may be backing away from its hard-line conditions for restarting talks with Taiwan - just days after island inaugurated a new president.
  • One-China Principle Allows for No Evasion or Ambiguity People's Daily 22 May 2000 -- On the key issue of accepting the one-China principle, the new leader adopted an evasive and vague attitude, saying that one-China is an issue that will be dealt with "in the future."
  • Taiwan New Leader Lacks Sincerity: Full Text People's Daily 22 May 2000 -- On the key issue of accepting the One-China principle,the new leader adopted an evasive and ambiguous attitude, the statement says. "Obviously, his 'goodwill reconciliation' lacks sincerity," the statement says. The two sides should negotiate and discuss reunification on this basis in an equal manner, it says. It also stresses that the Taiwan issue can not be dragged on endlessly.
  • CONGRESS/CHINA TRADE Voice of America 22 May 2000 -- The vote remains too close to call -- and the outcome could depend on the last-minute decisions of a dwindling pool of undecided House members.
  • CLINTON - CHINA TRADE Voice of America 22 May 2000 -- In what is has become the biggest legislative battle this year, Mr. Clinton is not leaving anything to chance.
  • CHINA-TESTING TAIWAN Voice of America 22 May 2000 -- China is testing the new Taiwanese president by keeping up its media blitz against any prospect of Taiwanese independence, while offering to resume talks under certain conditions.
  • CHINA TRADE VOTE Voice of America 22 May 2000 -- Most organized labor in this country opposes the move, fearing the loss of jobs, while some prominent Chinese dissidents also oppose it, fearing the Chinese will be more repressive if they win.
  • Transcript: Albright ABC-TV "This Week" Interview on China PNTR 22 May 2000 -- If Congress approves the Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status for China, the economic benefits to the United States will be huge, says Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
  • China Reiterates Principle for Cross-Straits Dialogue People's Daily 20 May 2000 -- The statement reiterated that high-level visits between the two sides will be realized on the basis of the "one China" principle, and that on this principle, all issues can be discussed.
  • Taiwan New Leader Lacks Sincerity : Statement People's Daily 20 May 2000 -- The "goodwill reconciliation" mentioned by the new leader of the Taiwan authorities in his speech delivered Saturday is short of sincerity, says an official statement released lately.
  • CHINA-TAIWAN Voice of America 20 May 2000 -- China's official reaction to the Taiwanese President's speech accuses President Chen Shui-bian of being evasive and ambiguous toward what it calls the key issue of accepting that Taiwan is a part of China.
  • CLINTON-CHINA-TRADE Voice of America 20 May 2000 -- President Clinton has canceled plans to deliver a nationally televised address Sunday to press his case for congressional passage ofpermanent normal trade relations for China.
  • CONGRESS / CHINA TRADE Voice of America 19 May 2000 -- Congressional supporters of permanent normal trade relations with China say they are increasingly confident of victory in the U-S House of Representatives.
  • CHINA / EU / WTO Voice of America 19 May 2000 -- China and the European Union have reached a trade agreement that removes the last major barrier to China's entry to the World Trade Organization.
  • CONGRESS/CHINA TRADE Voice of America 19 May 2000 -- Next Wednesday (May 24th) the U-S House of Representatives will vote on a bill to extend normal trade relations permanently, instead of dealing with the issue on an annual basis.
  • Refute Taiwan's "Three Principles for Dialog" People's Daily Friday, May 19, 2000 -- "Considering requests made by the Taiwan authorities that negotiations be conducted as equals, we have never used the term ' central to local government' as a term describing talks and negotiations between the two sides. We should say, conducting negotiations as equals is no problem."
  • Bereuter-Levin Draft China PNTR Bill Released By Steve La Rocque Washington File 19 May 2000 -- Representatives Douglas Bereuter (Republican of Nebraska) and Sander Levin (Democrat of Michigan) released May 19 the draft of legislation that would work in parallel with legislation granting China Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status.
  • Text: PNTR Opponent Decries Child Labor, Slave Labor in China 19 May 2000 -- The United States shouldn't forge closer trade ties with a country that violates the rights of children and women, says Representative Sherrod Brown (Democrat of Ohio). According to the opponent of Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status for China, that's what the Beijing regime does.
  • Transcript: Clinton, Greenspan Urge "Yes" Vote for China PNTR 18 May 2000 -- President Clinton appealed to lawmakers May 18 to vote "yes" on the question of granting permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status to China.
  • CLINTON / CHINA TRADE Voice of America 18 May 2000 -- Greenspan said the trade package would reduce centralized control over the Chinese economy. In the process, he said, it would be "a far stronger vehicle" for fostering individual rights in China than any other alternative.
  • L-A CHINA PROTEST Voice of America 18 May 2000 -- As the U-S Congress prepares to vote next week on a bill that would normalize trade relations with China, opponents of the measure-- including trade unions -- are rallying around the country in protest.
  • CHINA TRADE - DISSIDENTS Voice of America 18 May 2000 -- Dozens of Chinese dissidents have rallied in Washington to protest U-S efforts to extend permanent trade privileges to China.
  • CHINA TAIWAN Voice of America 18 May 2000 -- The People's Daily, China Daily, and the Liberation Daily all ran editorials warning of what they call - catastrophe - if Taiwan refuses to accept reunification with the mainland.
  • Annette Lu's Remarks on Taiwan Status Extremely Dangerous People's Daily Thursday, May 18, 2000 -- Lu has an ulterior motive for emphasizing Taiwan's status on the eve of the new Taiwan leader's declaration of his policies. Annette Lu's statement that "Taiwan is an independent sovereign state," prior to the new Taiwan leader assuming power on May 20, is extremely dangerous.
  • China Trade Status Strategically Important to U.S., Asia By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service May 17, 2000 -- A congressional rejection of permanent normal trading relations with China would have serious strategic repercussions on the United States and Asia, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen said.
  • Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen DoD News Briefing May 17, 2000 -- China is going to make its own decisions in terms of how many missiles it will deploy. That will be a decision they will make, and I think irrespective they will make a decision within their own best interests. Whether they go with more or less will be a decision that they will make.
  • Taiwan's New Leader Urged to Recognize One-China Principle People's Daily Wednesday, May 17, 2000 -- Xinhua News Agency published a commentary Tuesday making it clear that the new leader of Taiwan must recognize the One-China principle if tensions are to be eased across the Taiwan Straits.
  • Excerpt: Representative David Dreier Says China PNTR Best for U.S. 17 May 2000 -- An advocate for permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status for China spoke in the House of Representatives May 17 to convince fellow lawmakers that opening China to trade would be the best way to bring about positive change in that country.
  • Excerpts: Senator Arlen Specter Says Vote "No" on China PNTR 17 May 2000 -- "I am opposed, strongly opposed to granting permanent normal trade relations to the People's Republic of China because of their record on nuclear proliferation, of weapons of mass destruction, because of their record on human rights," Specter said.
  • Text: Amendment to H.R. 4444 on China PNTR Import Surge Protection 17 May 2000 -- Representative Bill Archer (Republican of Texas), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced an Amendment in the nature of a substitute to H.R. 4444 May 17 in the markup for the legislation that would grant China permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status.
  • Text: Senate Finance Committee Passes Markup of China PNTR Bill 17 May 2000 -- The Senate Finance Committee approved the markup May 17 of S. 2277, legislation that would grant China permanent Normal Trade Relations status.
  • Text: President Clinton Hails Committees' Vote For China PNTR 17 May 2000 -- President Clinton praised the successful markups of the legislation that will grant China Permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status.
  • Text: Commerce Secretary Daley Remarks on China Trade Status Vote 17 May 2000 -- Daley said supporters of the bill do not yet have the 218 votes necessary to succeed, but neither did opponents of the bill have enough votes to defeat it.
  • House Ways and Means Committee Amends, Passes China PNTR Bill 17 May 2000 -- By Steve La Rocque Washington File -- The House Ways and Means Committee approved legislation May 17 that would grant China Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status.
  • CLINTON - CHINA TRADE Voice of America 17 May 2000 -- One week before the U-S House of Representatives is expected to vote on whether to extend permanent normal trade relations to China, President Clinton is warning of dire consequences if lawmakers reject the measure.
  • CONGRESS/CHINA Voice of America 16 May 2000 -- Legislation granting permanent normal trade relations to China faces its first procedural hurdle today (Wednesday) in the U-S Congress.
  • CLINTON-CHINA Voice of America 16 May 2000 -- President Clinton is increasingly optimistic that his drive to win permanent normal U-S trade status for China will succeed in Congress.
  • CHINA-WORKER PROTESTS Voice of America 16 May 2000 -- Thousands of steel workers have clashed with police in China's northeastern province of Liaoning.
  • Transcript: Democrats in House Argue Against China PNTR 16 May 2000 -- Democrats against granting China permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status expressed their reasons for opposing a measure the Clinton Administration has called the most important vote the Congress will take this year in a colloquy in the House of Representatives.
  • Text: Deputy USTR Esserman May 16 Remarks in Ohio on China PNTR 16 May 2000 -- The House of Representatives is preparing to vote on the question of granting permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status for China, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Susan Esserman said.
  • Text: Barshefsky May 16 on China PNTR to Bretton Woods Committee 16 May 2000 -- One day before markups in the Senate and House of Representatives of legislation that would give China permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status, U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky continued seeking support for a "yes" vote on that issue.
  • Text: USTR Barshefsky May 16 Speech on China Trade Status, WTO 16 May 2000 -- A vote by Congress to deny China permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status would be "reckless" because the United States has "a fundamental national security interest in a peaceful, stable, mutually beneficial relationship with China."
  • Excerpts: Lawmakers Debate Benefits to Agriculture of China PNTR 16 May 2000 -- American agriculture has a lot to gain from expanded trade with China, a group of lawmakers said in a May 16 debate in the House of Representatives on whether granting China permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status would help or hurt that sector of the U.S. economy.
  • Analysts Downplay Threat Beijing Poses To Taiwan By Richard Halloran, Washington Times May 15, 2000 Pg. 1 -- The Federation of American Scientists has done an intriguing comparison of the Allied forces required for the invasion of Normandy from Britain in 1944, the largest amphibious operation in history, and what would be available for China's People's Liberation Army to invade Taiwan in 2000. The conclusion: The PLA almost certainly would be badly mauled.
  • Evading "One China" Principle Impermissible People's Daily Monday, May 15, 2000 -- "We maintain that the two sides of the straits have dialogs, talks, and negotiations as equals, but the sole precondition is that the Taiwan side must recognize the one-China principle."
  • U-S - CHINA TRADE Voice of America 15 May 2000 -- George Becker, the president of the United Steel Workers Union, accused China of being a rogue nation, raping the environment, and ignoring the rule of law.
  • CHINA-EU-WTO Voice of America 15 May 2000 -- China and the European Union have resumed talks in Beijing on China's accession to the World Trade Organization.
  • PERMANENT NORMAL TRADE RELATIONS AND THE POTENTIAL FOR A MORE OPEN CHINA Gene B. Sperling, Director National Economic Council Remarks before the Dallas Ambassadors Forum Dallas, Texas May 15, 2000 -- It is hard to see how empowering communist hard-liners, slowing economic transition, and keeping American companies out of China will increase respect for human rights or lead to a more open society.
  • Transcript: Rep. Knollenberg Says Yes, Rep. Kaptur Says No to PNTR 15 May 2000 -- As the time for the vote on whether to grant China permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status draws near, Republicans and Democrats debate the issue in the House of Representatives, and members of President Clinton's party continue to come out against granting China permanent NTR status.
  • Text: USTR Barshefsky Speech on China WTO Accession 13 May 2000 -- China's decision to join the World Trade Organization (WTO), a law-based system, will be a defining moment -- both for the trading system itself, and in the history of modern China.
  • REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT THE OPENING OF THE ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON CHINA PNTR WITH THE AKRON COMMUNITY May 13, 2000 -- What this does is, they take down a lot of their barriers to trade and investment with America, in return for membership in the World Trade Organization -- which puts them in the global trading system and requires them to follow certain rules, and gives us some way to appeal if they don't follow those rules.
  • CHINA-FALUN GONG Voice of America 13 May 2000 -- Chinese police have arrested at least 50 followers of the banned Falun Gong sect in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.
  • CLINTON - CHINA TRADE Voice of America 12 May 2000 -- President Clinton touted the benefits of expanded trade with China to American farmers and manufacturers during a trip to the midwestern United States Friday.
  • CHINA-U-S-TRADE Voice of America 12 May 2000 -- A senior U-S diplomat in China says Sino-US relations will suffer a severe downturn if the U-S House of Representatives fails to grant Beijing permanent normal trading status in a vote scheduled later this month.
  • US Missile Shield May Force China Arms Buildup People's Daily Friday, May 12, 2000 -- Sha also said China and Russia were considering the joint development of techniques "to restore strategic stability," including methods "to defeat your system.... otherwise, the United States will feel it can attack anyone at any time, and that isn't tolerable."
  • Transcript: President on Benefits of China PNTR to America's Farmers 12 May 2000 -- China's accession to the World Trade Organization means it won't subsidize its farm sector as it used to, and that will provide opportunity for America's farmers, according to President Clinton.
  • Fact Sheet: Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China a Good Deal 12 May 2000 -- China's entry into the WTO will dramatically cut import barriers currently imposed on American products and services.
  • Fact Sheet: Labor Aspects of Normal Trade Relations for China 12 May 2000 -- If Congress enacts PNTR, there will be more exports to China of products made in the United States by American workers and farmers.
  • Text: House Democrat Gene Green Speaks Out Against China PNTR 11 May 2000 -- Representative Gene Green (Democrat of Texas) has joined a growing list of Democratic lawmakers who are coming out against granting permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status to China.
  • Text: Rep. Levin May 10 Remarks on China Commission to House Panel 11 May 2000 -- The United States "cannot rely on economic contact and exchange alone to lead automatically to more democracy, greater freedom, and greater respect for human rights and enforcement of core worker rights," according to a supporter of permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status for China.
  • Text: Speaker of the House Hastert Release on China Trade 11 May 2000 -- House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert released a statement calling permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status for China "the most basic thing Congress can do to help" American high-technology industries.
  • Excerpt: President Clinton Interview on China PNTR 11 May 2000 -- President Clinton acknowledged in a radio interview that the administration doesn't have the votes yet to win passage of permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status for China.
  • Text: Summers House Banking Committee Testimony on China PNTR 11 May 2000 -- Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with China is a "one-way street," with the United States reaping all the benefits, according to Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers.
  • Transcript: Secretary Cohen Remarks to Asia Society on China PNTR 11 May 2000 -- If the U.S. Congress rejects Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with China, the results will have "serious strategic implications for the United States," says Secretary of Defense William Cohen.
  • E-U / CHINA TRADE Voice of America 11 May 2000 -- The European Union's Trade Commissioner leaves Sunday for Beijing, where he hopes to reach an agreement on China's accession to the World Trade Organization, or W-T-O.
  • CONGRESS/ CHINA TRADE Voice of America 11 May 2000 -- Pressure is building on members of the U-S House of Representatives as a crucial vote on trade with China approaches.
  • CHINA-FALUN GONG Voice of America 11 May 2000 -- Chinese police have arrested dozens of followers of the Falun Gong spiritual movement in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.
  • U-S / CHINA / PNTR - HUMAN RIGHTS Voice of America 10 May 2000 -- Advocates of human rights, workers' rights, and environmental protection said China does not deserve favorable trade treatment from Washington.
  • CONGRESS/CHINA TRADE Voice of America 10 May 2000 -- There are signs a bill to grant permanent normal trade relations to China could be in trouble in the U-S House of Representatives. Top Republicans admit, with final House action just weeks away, they do not yet have the votes to pass the bill.
  • CHINA-WTO Voice of America 10 May 2000 -- Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji says the process of his country's entry into the World Trade Organization (W-T-O) is picking up speed and will give Beijing an opportunity to further open up its economy.
  • CHINA LABOR Voice of America 10 May 2000 -- National Labor Committee, has denounced what it calls brutal sweatshop conditions in Chinese factories that make goods for U-S companies.
  • CHINA / INTERNET Voice of America 10 May 2000 -- The Internet and the World Wide Web are posing new challenges for China. Government leaders are showing concern that these technologies could be used to challenge the government and Communist Party.
  • Text: Representative David Dreier Touts China PNTR 10 May 2000 -- Granting permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status to China is a winner for the United States, according to Representative David Dreier (Republican of California).
  • Text: House International Relations Chairman on China PNTR 10 May 2000 -- Granting China permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status may not be such a good idea if it removes from Congress the opportunity to annually hold up to review China's human rights abuses, according to House International Relations Committee Chairman Benjamin Gilman (Republican of New York).
  • Text: Ways and Means Chairman Archer Releases Poll on China PNTR 10 May 2000 -- Representative Bill Archer (Republican of Texas), a long-time supporter of granting China permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status, released the results of a poll that shows 67 percent of Americans and an even larger 72 percent of Democrats support permanent NTR status for China.
  • Excerpts: Lawmakers Split on China Permanent Normal Trade Relations 10 May 2000 -- Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives continue to line up on opposite sides of the issue of granting China permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status.
  • Text: Rep. Cox Testimony on China PNTR to House Committee 10 May 2000 -- Congress should repeal the parts of the Jackson-Vanik amendment that deal specifically with trade, Representative Christopher Cox (Republican of California) said May 10 in testimony before the House Committee on International Relations.
  • Text: Rep. Levin Releases Draft Legislation on China Commission 09 May 2000 -- Representative Sander Levin (Democrat of Michigan) released the narrative of draft legislation that would be "part of the framework for bringing China into the World Trade Organization (WTO)."
  • A Strategy for the Future: U.S.-China Relations and China's WTO Accession Stanley O. Roth, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs U.S. Department of State, Speech Before the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC, May 9, 2000 -- Our strategy is to integrate China into regional and global institutions, helping it become a country that plays by the accepted international rules, cooperating and competing peacefully within those rules.
  • Text: Rep. Hunter Says China Trade Bill Would Harm U.S. Security 09 May 2000 -- Congress should not grant permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status to China, says Representative Duncan Hunter (Republican of California). "Regardless of the administration's trade objectives, the reality is that China prepares for war," Hunter charged.
  • Text: Barshefsky Testimony May 9 on WTO, Permanent NTR for China 09 May 2000 -- Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with China would benefit U.S. trade interests and bolster the position of China's reformers, according to U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky.
  • Text: Rep. Hostettler Warns of National Security Threat from China 09 May 2000 -- Four members of the House Armed Services Committee, citing national security reasons, came out against granting China permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status in a news conference at the Capitol. They were joined by four other lawmakers concerned about China's threat to U.S. interests.
  • Transcript: Secretaries of State, Presidents on China Trade 09 May 2000 -- President Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright were joined at the White House May 9 by former U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, and former U.S. secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and James Baker.
  • Text: White House List of Democratic Officials Supporting China PNTR 09 May 2000 -- The White House announced the support of more than 140 elected officials from the Democratic Party for granting China Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status in a White House event featuring President Bill Clinton and other Democratic officeholders from across the nation.
  • Transcript: Podesta, Glickman Interview on China WTO Accession/PNTR 09 May 2000 -- In the past, U.S. farmers' access to the Chinese market has been restricted by high tariffs, government subsidies, lack of transparency, and the lack of the rule of law, according to White House Chief of Staff John Podesta.
  • Transcript: Lawmakers Clash on China Trade Relations 09 May 2000 -- House Majority Leader Dick Armey (Republican of Texas) is a firm supporter of granting Permanent Normal Trade Relations to China. Representative Sherrod Brown (Democrat of Ohio) is just as firmly opposed to legislation that would remove the annual review of China's trade status by the U.S. Congress.
  • Text: Secretary of State Albright Speech on China, Foreign Affairs 09 May 2000 -- U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright told an audience in Denver, Colorado that Congress should pass permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status for China and approve funding for foreign affairs programs.
  • Text: Pelosi Challenges Clinton Administration Claims on China Trade 09 May 2000 -- Bringing out former U.S. Presidents to speak in favor of granting permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status to China doesn't make that policy either a good one or a sustainable one, according to Representative Nancy Pelosi (Democrat of California).
  • Text: Bereuter, Levin Offer "Legislative Framework" for China PNTR 09 May 2000 -- Two centrist lawmakers -- one Democrat, the other Republican -- put forth a framework May 9 for parallel legislation to accompany the legislation that would grant China permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status.
  • Text: Treasury Secretary Summers on PNTR to Senate Banking Committee 09 May 2000 -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers described "three crucial advantages" to be enjoyed by the United States if Congress votes to grant China permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status and welcome China's membership into the World Trade Organization (WTO).
  • Text: Assistant Secretary of State Roth Speech on China 09 May 2000 -- China's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and granting China permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status fulfill the objectives, strategies, and tactics of the Clinton Administration's China policy.
  • Text: Three Former U.S. Presidents Advocate PNTR for China 08 May 2000 -- In a letter to the American people, three former Presidents of the United States advocated Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status for China.
  • Text: Greenspan on Permanent Normal Trade Relations for China 05 May 2000 -- Freer trade is not only the key to greater economic growth in the United States and China, but also to greater freedom for the Chinese people and enhanced stability in international relations, according to Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.
  • Text: Senator Baucus Backs Permanent Normal Trade Relations for China 05 May 2000 -- The U.S. Congress should grant permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status to China, says Senator Max Baucus (Democrat from Montana).
  • CHINA-TORTURE Voice of America 04 May 2000 -- Human Rights in China, a non-governmental organization, has issued a report detailing what it calls the widespread practice of torture andill-treatment in China.
  • CHINA - JIANG Voice of America 04 May 2000 -- A Hong Kong newspaper reports Chinese President Jiang Zemin will step down from his job as Communist Party boss in the year 2002 and has urged the politburo to back Vice-President Hu Jintao as his successor.
  • Text: Rep. Chris Smith Says No PNTR for China 04 May 2000 -- The United States should not grant permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status to China, according to Representative Chris Smith (Republican from New Jersey), chairman of the House International Relations Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights.
  • Text: Rep. Pelosi on Administration PNTR Monitoring Plan 04 May 2000 -- The Chinese have not and will not keep their word regarding trade, a long-time critic of China's human rights abuses said in arguing against granting China permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status.
  • Excerpts: Three Lawmakers Urge Support for China PNTR 04 May 2000 -- Three supporters of granting permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status to China urged their colleagues May 4 to join them when the vote comes up later this month.
  • Excerpts: House Members Speak For and Against China PNTR 03 May 2000 -- The debate over granting China permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status continues to draw out lawmakers to take a stand one way or the other before the vote scheduled for late May on the issue.
  • Text: Rep. Frank Wolf Testimony at Ways and Means on China 03 May 2000 -- The United States should not grant permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status to China because of that country's human rights abuses, according to Representative Frank Wolf (Republican from Virginia).
  • Text: Commerce Secretary Daley Testimony on China Trade 03 May 2000 -- U.S. Commerce Secretary William Daley announced in testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee that his department would be immediately implementing an "aggressive" five-point plan to ensure China complies with its World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations.
  • Text: Treasury Secretary on China Trade Relations, WTO 03 May 2000 -- At the end of May both houses of Congress will vote on whether to grant permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status to China. It will be the most important issue Congress will face this year, Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers said.
  • Transcript: Two Lawmakers Speak Out Against China Trade Status 03 May 2000 -- A Democrat and a Republican spoke out against granting permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status to China in speeches in the House of Representatives.
  • CONGRESS / CHINA-TRADE Voice of America 03 May 2000 -- The Clinton administration says it will take strong steps to ensure Chinese compliance with the terms of a new trade deal.
  • REMARKS BY SAMUEL R. BERGER ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS ON CHINA The East Asian Institute Columbia University - New York, New York May 2, 2000 -- China will enter the WTO whether we pass PNTR or not. PNTR is especially important for our ability to play a constructive role on the issue of Taiwan, particularly at this critical time.
  • CLINTON - CHINA TRADE Voice of America 02 May 2000 -- President Clinton Tuesday night met with Hong Kong Democratic Party leader Martin Lee as the president stepped up his campaign to win congressional approval for permanent normal trade relations for China.
  • Text: Commerce Department Announces China Trade Compliance Plan 02 May 2000 -- Secretary of Commerce William Daley outlined a five-step plan to ensure that China lives up to the trade agreement it signed last November with the United States regarding its accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
  • Text: Rep. Hoyer Remarks on U.S.-China Trade Relations 02 May 2000 -- Despite "grave reservations" about China's commitment to improving human rights, Representative Steny Hoyer (Democrat of Maryland) says he will support Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) for China.
  • A MORE OPEN CHINA MEANS A MORE SECURE AMERICA By Madeleine K. Albright The Denver Post 01 May 2000 -- China is changing. Over the past decade, its people have gained more and more control over their daily lives. The role of government in this arena is diminishing, the result primarily of economic reform.

    April

  • Taiwan New Leaders Urged to Recognize One-China Principle At Earliest Date People's Daily Friday, April 28, 2000 -- Tang Shubei, executive vice-president of the mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), urged the new leaders of Taiwan to recognize the One-China Principle as early as possible. In 1992, he recalled, the two organizations reached an agreement on the description which is clearly listed in relevant documents and newspaper reports. And the consensus between the two bodies must not be altered, he stressed.
  • CHINA INTERNET - E-COMMERCE Voice of America 27 April 2000 -- The Chinese government sees commerce on the Internet as an important new part of the country's economy. Top officials are reportedly considering preferential tax treatment for online e-commerce transactions.
  • CHINA INTERNET - REGULATIONS Voice of America 27 April 2000 -- Maintaining social order is a priority for China's leaders. Last year, when the Falun Gong spiritual and exercise movement used the Internet to organize large demonstrations in Beijing, Chinese leaders and security agencies were taken by surprise.
  • CHINA-U-S/TRADE VISIT Voice of America 26 April 2000 -- U-S Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman is leading a delegation of congressmen on a trip through China to help gain support for a landmark trade agreement.
  • CHINA INTERNET - HURDLES Voice of America 26 April 2000 -- In many industrialized countries, the Internet has been an active part of the economy for a few years. But in China, the on-line economy has taken off just in the last six months.
  • CHINA INTERNET - FRENZY Voice of America 26 April 2000 -- In China, the on-line economy has taken off (grown dramatically) in the last six months.
  • CHINA-FALUN GONG Voice of America 25 April 2000 -- Scores of members of China's banned spiritual group, Falun Gong, have been arrested in Beijing's Tiananmen Square as they tried to mark the anniversary of a mass protest last year.
  • CLINTON-CHINA TRADE Voice of America 25 April 2000 -- The Clinton administration has enlisted the support of some of the United States' most prominent economists in its drive for permanent normal trading status and World Trade Organization membership for China.
  • Transcript: White House Briefing on China Trade Issues 25 April 2000 -- Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with China and China's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) will benefit both the United States and China, say Clinton Administration officials and American economists.
  • Text: U.S. Economists Sign Letter Supporting China's WTO Entry 25 April 2000 -- America's top economists -- including 13 Nobel Prize winners -- signed an "open letter to the American people" strongly supporting China's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO).
  • BEIJING STEPS UP MILITARY TRAINING TO INTIMIDATE TAIWAN: MND [CNA Taiwan] 25 April 2000 -- H-6 bombers are usually deployed in mainland China's inland military regions. Their participation in military training in its frontline Nanjing military region close to Taiwan indicates that those training programs are very likely aimed at threatening Taiwan.
  • CHINA WATCH: VIEWS ON HUMAN RIGHTS, U.S. MILITARY SALES TO TAIWAN Issue Focus - Foreign Media Reaction 24 April 2000 -- China watchers in East Asia and Europe mulled over two developments in U.S.-China relations over the past week--the decision by the UN Human Rights Commission's decision not to debate a U.S.-sponsored resolution condemning China's human rights record and the Clinton administration's decision not to include Aegis-equipped destroyers in a package of arms sales to Taiwan.
  • CHINA / FALUN GONG Voice of America 24 April 2000 -- Tiananmen Square has been filled with both uniformed and plainclothes police for the past two days, as Beijing prepares for any sign of protest by followers of the sect that refuses to go away.
  • BEIJING'S THREATS AGAINST TAIWAN HOLLOW SAYS ANALYST [CNA Taiwan] 21 April 2000 -- Although Communist China and Taiwan could inflict a large amount of damage on each other in a military conflict, it is difficult to imagine a scenario where a mainland invasion of the island could facilitate Beijing's goal of eventual reunification, said James H. Nolt, a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute here.
  • Xinhua Refutes Annette Lu's Description of Cross-Straits Ties People's Daily Thursday, April 20, 2000 -- Xinhua News Agency Wednesday published yet another commentary condemning the pro-independence remarks made recently by Annette Lu, a member of the Taiwan-based Democratic Progressive Party.
  • Text: State Department on UN Decision on China Rights Resolution 18 April 2000 -- The U.S. Department of State released a statement April 18 in response to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights' (UNCHR) decision to accept a Chinese motion to take no action on a U.S.-sponsored resolution drawing attention to China's poor human rights record.
  • Transcript: Assistant Secretary Koh Remarks on China Rights Vote 18 April 2000 -- Many countries are seeing the "anomaly" between China's desire to become a member of mechanisms where it will be required to play by global rules and its "special exemption" status before the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, says Harold Hongju Koh, assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor.
  • RIGHTS / CHINA Voice of America 18 April 2000 -- China has once again succeeded in blocking discussion of its alleged human-rights abuses at the U-N Human Rights Commission.
  • CHINA-US-HUMAN RIGHTS Voice of America 18 April 2000 -- China says it will - fight to the finish - a U-S-sponsored resolution criticizing its human-rights record.
  • CHINA-US WEAPONS-TAIWAN Voice of America 18 April 2000 -- China is urging the United States to stop all arms sales to Taiwan, following a U-S decision Monday to supply the island with missiles and other equipment, but not advanced destroyers.
  • China Opposes U.S. Sales of Aegis Destroyer, Radar to Taiwan: FM Spokesman People's Daily Tuesday, April 18, 2000 -- The Chinese government demands that the United States government prohibit all sales of advanced weapons to Taiwan, including the Aegis-armed destroyer and long- range radar, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Sun Yuxi at a press conference Tuesday.
  • Army Official: China Will not Sit Idle on Separatist Activities People's Daily Tuesday, April 18, 2000 -- Xiong Guangkai, deputy chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) said Monday that the Chinese government, the armed forces and people will never sit idle if any force inside or outside Taiwan engages in separatist activities.
  • What Is Annette Lu Up To? People's Daily Monday, April 17, 2000 -- People's Daily carries an observer's article on Monday revealing the true purpose of the statements made by Taiwan's Annette Lu in her interview with a Hong Kong cable TV in which she advocated "independence" for the island. The article says that Lu advocated separatism between the people across the Taiwan Straits.
  • CHINA / TIBET / RIGHTS Voice of America 17 April 2000 -- Chinese and Tibetan human-rights activists are urging the U-N Human Rights Commission to censure China for what they call its repressive policies.
  • "One China Principle" Unshakable: Army Daily People's Daily Saturday, April 15, 2000 -- Taiwan independence means war. "Anyone who pays no heed to this important information from us and insists on Taiwan independence will push Taiwan into the abyss of war and bring disaster to the Taiwan people," the article concludes.
  • US Nuke Action Concerns China People's Daily Friday, April 14, 2000 -- Ambassador Sha Zukang, director-general of the Department of Arms Control and Disarmament with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticized "a certain superpower" for advancing its overwhelming first-strike capability while quickly developing a National Missile Defence system capable of neutralizing any possible counter-strike from a smaller nuclear-capable state.
  • Text: USTR Barshefsky West Point Speech on China Trade, Security 13 April 2000 -- U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky warned cadets at West Point Military Academy April 12 that a refusal to grant China permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status would have a serious, detrimental impact on U.S. national security.
  • US FAILS TO DISSUADE ISRAEL FROM SELLING FALCON PLANE TO PRC (CNA Taiwan) 13 April 2000 -- United States President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright failed to get a concrete commitment from Israeli Prime Minister Barak to stop the planned Israeli sale of airborne early warning equipment to Communist China.
  • CHINA FALUN GONG Voice of America 13 April 2000 -- A Hong Kong-based human-rights monitor says at least 200 members of the Falun Gong exercise and meditation group have been arrested for staging a protest at Beijing's Tiananmen Square.
  • CHINA-JAPAN-DALAI Voice of America 13 April 2000 -- The Dalai Lama - Tibet's exiled spiritual leader - has arrived in Japan for a week-long visit.
  • ISRAEL / CHINA Voice of America 13 April 2000 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak says he has discussed with Chinese President Jiang Zemin a controversial sale of Israeli military technology to Beijing.
  • Text: Another Democrat Opposes China Normal Trade Relations 13 April 2000 -- The United States should be supporting democratic Taiwan, and not the communists who rule in Beijing, says Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, the senior-most woman Democrat in Congress.
  • Key to Winning Strategic Information War Lies in Network Sovereignty Peoples Daily Wednesday, April 12, 2000 - The United States has three cards in its hand for its intention to control the world and construct and maintain a "single pole world": One, "human rights transcend sovereignty", it uses this card in an attempt to legalize its intervention in the internal affairs of other countries. It is entirely possible that internet can become a tool of hegemonism!
  • Fallacy of Taiwan Independence Peoples Daily Wednesday, April 12, 2000 -- Lu's lunatic remarks give off a dangerous signal when the development trend of the cross-straits relations is at a crossroads, the article warns.
  • ISRAEL / JIANG Voice of America 12 April 2000 -- Israel is currently building a sophisticated early-warning radar aircraft for China. The 250-million dollar deal is strongly opposed by the United States because of concerns it could upset the military balance in the Pacific.
  • CHINA-ISRAEL Voice of America 12 April 2000 -- Chinese President Jiang Zemin begins a visit to Israel Wednesday that will include discussions of military sales strongly opposed by the United States.
  • US-PRC STRAINS COULD LEAD TO CHANGES IN PRC NUCLEAR POLICY: STUDY (CNA Taiwan) 11 April 2000 -- Whether Communist China holds to a low alert-minimum deterrence posture remains to be seen as strains in US-PRC relations and Beijing's militant stand toward Taiwan could lead to changes in its `no-first-use' nuclear weapons policy.
  • TIBET/HUMAN RIGHTS Voice of America 11 April 2000 -- Tibetan exiles say the human-rights situation has deteriorated in recent years in the remote Himalayan region.
  • TIBET/HUMAN RIGHTS Voice of America 11 April 2000 -- The Tibetan government-in-exile is urging India to support a U-N resolution to censure China's human-rights record.
  • HOLLYWOOD / CHINA TRADE Voice of America 11 April 2000 -- The president of the Motion Picture Association of America, Jack Valenti, urged the U.S. Senate on Tuesday to quickly approve the establishment of permanent trade ties with China.
  • CONGRESS-CHINA TRADE Voice of America 11 April 2000 -- Though the decisive votes in the House and Senate are weeks away, the rhetoric over China's trade status is escalating fast.
  • CHINA-U-S Voice of America 11 April 2000 -- China says it is ready to resume a bilateral dialogue with the United States on weapons proliferation that was suspended after NATO bombed the Chinese embassy in Yugoslavia last year.
  • Text: Commerce Secretary William Daley at April 11 Senate Panel 11 April 2000 -- By seeking to join the World Trade Organization (WTO), China has undertaken to deepen its market reforms and open its economy to the rest of the world, according to Secretary of Commerce William Daley.
  • Text: President Clinton on Normal Trade Relations with China 11 April 2000 -- President Clinton announced April 11 that his administration "will spare no effort" to inform the U.S. Congress and the American people about the necessity of implementing the Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) agreement with China.
  • Text: Barshefsky Call for China Permanent NTR Status 11 April 2000 -- The House of Representatives and the Senate must decide whether to grant China permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status, United States Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky said at the National Women's Democratic Club April 11.
  • Spoksperson on the allegations by the US State Department against a US corporation regarding providing satellite technology to China April 11, 2000 -- The so-called China's acquisition of technological assistance from Lockheed Martin when conducting research and development of EPKM is totally groundless.
  • Remarks by Foreign Ministry Spokesman on the Briefing by the US Government to the Chinese side on its accountability review results concerning the US bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia April 10, 2000 -- It must be pointed out that the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia has unmistakable symbols and it is also clearly marked on the US maps.
  • Annette Lu Betrays Motherland Peoples Daily April 10, 2000 -- "Are the 2.3 million Taiwan people at ease that such a lunatic advocate of Taiwan independence, who could bring disaster to Taiwan at any time, has taken office as a Taiwan leader?"
  • E-U / CHINA / W-T-O Voice of America 10 April 2000 -- The European Union trade negotiator says the group's foreign ministers have given him flexibility in new talks with China about entering the World Trade Organization.
  • CHINA-TAIWAN Voice of America 10 April 2000 -- China has renewed its attacks on Taiwan's Vice-President-elect, Annette Lu, describing her as a lunatic whose advocacy of independence could bring disaster to the island.
  • CHINA-TAIWAN Voice of America 08 April 2000 -- China has accused Taiwan's Vice-President- elect of being a pro-independence extremist and is warning the island's new leaders against any move toward formal independence.
  • Article refutes Annette Lu's statements on "Taiwan independence" People's Daily 08 April 2000 -- Xinhua News Agency Friday issued a commentator's article strongly refuting Annette Lu's statements advocating "Taiwan independence" when she was interviewed by a Hong Kong cable TV station on April 2.
  • Taiwan Independence" in Any Form Is Not Allowed Liberation Army Daily April 7 published a signed article entitled "Taiwan Independence" in Any Form Is Not Allowed, stressing that the future of Taiwan relies on the complete reunification of China.
  • Taiwan's Chen Urged to Take "Substantial Steps" People's Daily 07 April 2000 -- Vice Premier Qian Qichen has called on the new leader of Taiwan region to take substantial steps, instead of merely making gestures, to win trust from others.
  • CHINA-US-TRADE Voice of America 07 April 2000 -- U-S Commerce Secretary William Daley is ending the first of two visits to China that he is making this month.
  • Text: Senator Akaka Says Taiwan's Democracy Challenges Beijing 07 April 2000 -- While permanent NTR will not mean that China will transform itself into a democracy, Akaka said, "it is a step towards integrating China into the new world community."
  • CHINA BECOMES BIGGEST PERCEIVED THREAT T0 US (CNA Taiwan) 06 April 2000 -- Communist China has replaced Russia as the nation perceived by Americans to be the most threatening to the United States and Americans have become more worried about Communist Chinese threats to invade Taiwan.
  • Text: Daley Statement to U.S.-China Commerce/Trade Commission 06 April 2000 -- U.S. Commerce Secretary William M. Daley announced after two days of talks with Chinese government officials that the two sides had discussed a number of important steps China has taken, and is prepared to undertake, to prepare for accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
  • Transcript: Sec. Daley at Close of China Commerce Meeting Plenary 06 April 2000 -- U.S. Commerce Secretary William M. Daley acknowledged that the upcoming Congressional vote on granting permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status to China has become something of a referendum on the Clinton Administration's policy on China.
  • Text: Statement by U.S.-China Commerce/Trade Commission 06 April 2000 -- In a joint statement issued by the chairs of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) April 6, the United States and China affirmed the importance of the agreement reached between China and the United States on November 15, 1999, regarding China's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
  • Text: USTR Barshefsky on Permanent Trade Status for China 06 April 2000 -- China will enter the World Trade Organization (WTO) whether the Congress votes to grant that country permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status or not, according to U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky.
  • Transcript: Albright on China Normal Trade Relations 06 April 2000 -- (Remarks at Agilent Technologies, Andover, Massachusetts) Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with China are good for both countries, says Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
  • House International Relations Panel Condemns China's Tibet Abuses By Steve La Rocque Washington File 06 April 2000 -- China should negotiate with the Dalai Lama on his proposal of autonomy for Tibet under Chinese sovereignty, said Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Julia Taft at an April 6 hearing of the House International Relations Committee.
  • Text: Representative Gilman Says China Uses Tibet to Encircle India 06 April 2000 -- China continues its suppression of Tibet and during this past year conditions inside Tibet have been the worst since the cultural revolution, says Representative Benjamin Gilman, chairman of the House International Relations Committee.
  • Text: Treasury's Eizenstat Senate Testimony on China Trade Relations 06 April 2000 -- Treasury Deputy Secretary Stuart Eizenstat said granting China permanent Normal Trade Relations status (PNTR) and supporting China's membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO) was advantageous to the United States on commercial, strategic, and humanitarian grounds.
  • U-S / TIBET Voice of America 06 April 2000 -- The United States' coordinator for Tibetan issues says Beijing is "stonewalling" her efforts to open talks between China and Tibet's exiled religious leaders.
  • CHINA TRADE VOTE Voice of America 06 April 2000 -- The countdown has begun for what may be the most crucial vote of the year in the U-S Congress, likely to be a close vote complicated by election year politics.
  • 'Kick Motor' Technology The Heart of Lockheed's Problems Paul Hoversten space.com 06 April 2000 -- China, after all, has a vigorous missile program staffed by hundreds of thousands of people, Pike said. "The notion that the Chinese are sitting over there completely bewildered and are sort of running their program on the basis of news clips and trade show brochures is absurd. It's very difficult to believe that any one document could have such an impact on what is an enormous industry."
  • State Dept. Bullying Lockheed For Its Own Gain, Say Aerospace Execs By Mary Motta space.com 06 April 2000 -- The case, as Pike sees it, hinges on two points. "One is whether Lockheed Martin broke the law -- and I have no way of knowing that. The other is whether whatever they did would provide a significant military benefit to the Chinese missile program. Of that, I am somewhat skeptical."
  • A Strategy for the Future: U.S.-China Relations and China's WTO Accession Stanley O. Roth, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Speech Before the Washington State China Relations Council, Seattle, Washington, April 5, 2000 -- Our Objective is a strong, stable, prosperous and open China, one which respects and builds upon the diverse views and strengths of its own people. Our Strategy is to integrate China into regional and global institutions, helping it become a country that plays by the accepted international rules, cooperating and competing peacefully within those rules. "Engagement" is the coherent set of tactics to accomplish this strategy.
  • Text: Roth Speech on U.S.-China Relations, China WTO Accession 05 April 2000 -- "As the [U.S.] presidential campaign season accelerates and the rhetoric heats up, you are hearing increasingly that the Administration does not have a China policy," Roth said.
  • Text: Senator Fred Thompson on Amending China NTR Legislation 05 April 2000 -- It is an open question whether engaging China in trade will serve to liberalize that regime, according to Senator Fred Thompson, but one can hope for a democratic evolution, "while at the same time establishing a framework in which the Chinese can be penalized for bad behavior."
  • Text: Senator Fred Thompson Decries Administration China Policy 05 April 2000 -- China has been active in proliferating weapons of mass destruction, says U.S. Senator Fred Thompson, while the Clinton Administration has been passive to this national security threat.
  • Text: Commerce Secretary on House Speaker's China NTR Vote Pledge 05 April 2000 -- Commerce Secretary William Daley hailed House Speaker Representative Dennis Hastert for setting a May date for the vote on granting permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status to China.
  • Transcript: Clinton Praises House Speaker for Scheduling China Vote 05 April 2000 -- President Clinton praised House Speaker Representative Dennis Hastert (Republican of Illinois) for scheduling a vote on granting permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status to China for the week of May 22.
  • CLINTON-CHINA TRADE Voice of America 05 April 2000 -- President Clinton has welcomed the decision by House Speaker Dennis Hastert to schedule a decisive vote on the U-S/China trade agreement for the week of May 22nd.
  • House Speaker Schedules China Trade Vote for Late May By Bruce Odessey Washington File Staff Writer05 April 2000 -- Speaker of the House of Representatives Dennis Hastert has announced that the House will vote on permanent normal trade relations (NTR) for China the week of May 22, drawing praise from President Clinton.
  • Text: House Speaker Hastert Announces May Date for China NTR Vote 05 April 2000 -- The Speaker of the House of Representatives says he has asked the Majority Leader to schedule a vote on granting China permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status for the week of May 22.
  • Transcript: Secretary Daley's Arrival Remarks in Beijing 05 April 2000 -- The U.S. Secretary of Commerce is meeting with Chinese officials as a prelude to a congressional visit that he hopes will convince U.S. Congressmen of the necessity of passing the Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) agreement with China.
  • CHINA / HUMAN RIGHTS Voice of America 05 April 2000 -- Forty human rights organizations and prominent Chinese dissidents are urging the international community to support a resolution condemning human rights violations in China.
  • CHINA: MONITORING POST-ELECTION TAIWAN; 'HOPES FADE' ON WTO Issue Focus - Foreign Media Reaction 04 April 2000 -- In contrast to reaction immediately following Chen's win when worriers feared that China might use military force against Taiwan--foreign observers were somewhat relieved by Beijing's perceived "wait-and-see" attitude vis-a-vis President-elect Chen. Writers, however, overwhelmingly agreed that, given Mr. Chen's offer to hold talks with the mainland, China and Taiwan "must talk" and judged that the U.S. could play a major role in bringing the two sides together.
  • ISRAEL / U-S / CHINA Voice of America 03 April 2000 -- : Defense Secretary William Cohen has told Israel the United States opposes the sale of sophisticated Israeli radar aircraft to China.
  • CLINTON-CHINA Voice of America 03 April 2000 -- President Clinton was in California's high-tech "Silicon Valley" Monday campaigning for congressional approval of legislation extending permanent normal trade status to China.
  • Transcript: Adm. Blair Briefing on Korea, India-Pakistan, China-Taiwan 03 April 2000 -- Tensions between Taiwan and China appear to have subsided since the Taiwanese elections, Blair said, adding that "the rhetoric on both sides has been of a more positive and constructive nature.... "
  • President Clinton Announces Broad New National Support For Congressional Action Granting China Permanent Normal Trade Relations Status April 3, 2000 -- The President will announce broad new national support from the nation's Governors and high technology leaders for China's entry into the World Trade Organization.

    March

  • Chinese President Meets U.S. National Security Adviser Peoples Daily Friday, March 31, 2000 -- Jiang said that the change of leadership in Taiwan does not change the fact that Taiwan is part of the Chinese territory. Whoever is in power in Taiwan is welcome to come to the mainland for talks, Jiang said, adding that "we can also go to Taiwan as well."
  • Excerpt: Daley Announces New Commercial Strategy for China 31 March 2000 -- U.S. Secretary of Commerce William Daley has announced a new commercial strategy for China that will help assure that U.S. firms are successful in the new markets that will be opening up in that country.
  • President Jiang Zemin Meeting with US National Security Adviser Samuel Berger (March 30, 2000) No matter who is in power in Taiwan, we welcome him to come to the mainland for talks. Meanwhile, we may go to Taiwan, too. However, there must be a basis for dialogue and negotiations, namely, the recognition of the one China principle. Under that precondition, anything can be discussed.
  • Text: Senator John Kerry China Speech at Wilson Center 30 March 2000 -- The United States must not pursue a policy of containment against the People's Republic of China, says Massachusetts Senator John Kerry.
  • Text: House Democratic Whip Challenges White House on NTR for China 30 March 2000 -- The second ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives says now is not the time to extend permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status to China.
  • CHINA-US Voice of America 30 March 2000 -- National Security Advisor Sandy Berger and Chinese leaders have ended discussions focussing on Sino-U-S differences over Taiwan.
  • Transcript: Clinton Comments on U.S.-China Relations 29 March 2000 -- President Clinton called on Congress to grant China permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status "this spring" in a March 29 White House press conference.
  • CHINA-EU-WTO Voice of America 29 March 2000 -- European diplomats caution that the talks are still at an early stage and that many obstacles must be removed before there are signs of the progress that both sides hope for.
  • CHINA-US Voice of America 29 March 2000 -- U-S National Security Advisor Sandy Berger is in Beijing for talks with top Chinese leaders at a time when Sino/U-S relations are at what Chinese officials describe as a critical juncture.
  • China Exercises Close Watch on Chen Shui-bian's "Inauguration" Speech People's Daily 29 March 2000 -- Chen Yunlin, director of Taiwan Affairs Office of the CPC Central Committee and Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, reiterated March 28 that close attention will be given to Chen shui-bian's "inauguration" speech on May 20.
  • Vice-Premier Qian Qichen meeting with US Presidential National Security Adviser Samuel Berger PRC Foreign Ministry 29 March 2000 -- Vice-Premier Qian reiterated China's principled position on the Taiwan question, emphasizing that the one China principle is the basis and prerequisite for a peaceful settlement of the Taiwan question and we ask the new leader of the Taiwan authorities to return to the one China principle at an early date.
  • Premier Zhu Rongji Meeting with US Presidential National Security Adviser Samuel Berger PRC Foreign Ministry 29 March 2000 -- Premier Zhu expounded China's principled position on the Taiwan question, emphasizing that no matter who is in power in Taiwan, he should not be up to "Taiwan independence."
  • CHINA-EU-WTO Voice of America 28 March 2000 -- China and the European Union have opened a new round of negotiations to secure Beijing's entry into the World Trade Organization.
  • Koh Responds to Questions about U.S.-Sponsored China Resolution By Wendy Lubetkin Washington File 28 March 2000 -- The United States believes bringing China to account for its human rights conduct at this year's Commission on Human Rights would send an important signal that there is no double standard at the world's most important human rights forum.
  • Profit Beats Prudence on China By William R. Hawkins The Washington Post March 27, 2000; Page A27 - "In the past there were serious problems with the quality of Chinese military aircraft. Chinese aircraft manufacturers' quality control tended to be uneven," says a report on the AVIC by the Federation of American Scientists. But "in the wake of joint ventures with the United States and Europe in the area of civilian aircraft . . . Chinese combat aircraft are now reported to have a much smoother surface than before, suggesting a flow of personnel and expertise from civilian to military production lines."
  • CHINA - LEE REACT Voice of America 24 March 2000 -- China has acknowledged the resignation of Lee Teng-hui as the head of Taiwan's Nationalist Party, saying he was forced out by public pressure.
  • CONGRESS-CHINA TRADE Voice of America 23 March 2000 -- The U-S Senate is now debating what could be its biggest foreign policy decision of the year -- whether to normalize trade relations with China once and for all.
  • Text: Senators Roth/Moynihan Introduce China Trade Bill 23 March 2000 -- Senators William Roth (Republican of Delaware) and Daniel Moynihan (Democrat of New York) introduced March 23 the senate bill (S. 2277) that would give permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status to China.
  • Text: Senator Roth Statement on Implications of U.S.-China Trade 23 March 2000 -- Senate Finance Committee Chairman William V. Roth, Jr. opened a committee hearing on the implications of trade with China for U.S. national interests by announcing that he and another senator had introduced legislation to grant permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) for China in anticipation of that country's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO).
  • Text: Senate Resolution 271 Calls for Geneva Resolution on China 23 March 2000 -- Senator Paul Wellstone introduced Senate Resolution 271 March 9 with both Republican and Democratic co-sponsors. It aims to forestall a repeat of last year's United Nations Human Rights Commission's (UNHRC) meeting in Geneva, where the People's Republic of China was able to keep a resolution on its human rights abuses off the commission's agenda.
  • Text: Senator Tim Hutchinson Condemns China Human Rights Record 23 March 2000 -- Senator Tim Hutchinson announced that he had signed on to Democratic Senator Paul Wellstone's resolution urging the Clinton Administration to strive to get the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva to pass a resolution condemning China's human rights abuses.
  • Text: Rep. Nancy Pelosi Says China Mustn't Escape Rights Scrutiny 23 March 2000 -- A long-time Congressional critic of China's human rights abuses says the United States needs to "organize and win" a vote on Beijing's human rights record at the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) in Geneva.
  • Vice-Premier Qian Qichen Meets Holbrooke, US Permanent Representative to the UN PRC Foreign Ministry 21 March 2000 -- The biggest challenge to those relations is the Taiwan question and how to properly handle the question is of crucial importance for the direction of the development of Sino-US relations.
  • Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan Meets Holbrooke, US Permanent Representative to the UN PRC Foreign Ministry 21 March 2000 -- Tang underlined that the Taiwan question is China's internal affairs. An election has been held in the Taiwan region recently and the Chinese mainland will listen to what the new leader in Taiwan says and see how he acts.
  • President Jiang Zemin Meeting with Mr. Holbrooke, US permanent representative to the UN PRC Foreign Ministry 21 March 2000 -- The Taiwan regional election of local leaders and its result cannot change the fact that Taiwan is but part of China's territory and the One China principle provides the basis and prerequisite for resolving the Taiwan question peacefully.
  • China issues new threats, says U.S. could be forced to abandon Taiwan By Michael Dorgan Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service March 21, 2000 -- "Beijing will certainly talk loudly; they may rattle their rockets," said defense analyst John Pike of the Federation of American Scientists, a Washington-based national security policy center. "But there is no eagerness on their part to get into a conflict with Taiwan that "there's a real good chance they'd lose."
  • CHINA - HUMAN RIGHTS Voice of America 21 March 2000 -- China has called on the United States to abandon its plan to criticize Chinese human rights practices at a United Nations meeting in Geneva.
  • CHINA - U-S - TAIWAN Voice of America 21 March 2000 -- The United States is urging China and Taiwan to resolve their differences peacefully and resume negotiations. U-S Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke met (throughout the day Tuesday) with Chinese President Jiang Zemin, Vice Premier Qian Qichen, and Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan.
  • U-S / HUMAN RIGHTS / CHINA Voice of America 20 March 2000 -- The State Department says the United States has its best chance in years to get the U-N Human Rights Commission to pass a resolution criticizing China.
  • E-U / CHINA Voice of America 20 March 2000 -- The European Union has joined the United States in criticizing China's human-rights record, but reserved judgment on whether it will support an American resolution on China at the United Nations Human Rights Commission.
  • CHINA - TAIWAN - HOLBROOKE Voice of America 20 March 2000 -- U-S Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke is in Beijing for talks that are likely to include discussion of the Taiwan presidential election.
  • FALUN GONG Voice of America 20 March 2000 -- Representatives of the Falun Gong spiritual movement are appealing for U-N pressure against China to stop what the group considers persecution of its followers.
  • TAIWAN / CHINA DEMOCRACY REACT Voice of America 20 March 2000 -- China's outlawed Democracy Party has welcomed the results of Taiwan's presidential election, saying it shows the way for democratic reform on the mainland.
  • TAIWAN ELECT - CHINA RESPONSE Voice of America 19 March 2000 -- China's reaction to the presidential election results in Taiwan is being seen by many observers as low-key and measured.
  • China Issues Statement on Taiwan Election Peoples Daily 19 March 2000 -- The election of a new leader in Taiwan can not change the fact that Taiwan is part of Chinese territory, according to a Chinese government statement issued on March 18 evening.
  • CHINA - TAIWAN ELECTION Voice of America 18 March 2000 -- Beijing reacted late Saturday to the election of Chen Shui-bian by saying it will never tolerate independence for Taiwan.
  • Anti-China Farce Must Be Stopped Peoples Daily 17 March 2000 -- This commentary advises US Senate to keep the promise made by the US government of not supporting the "independence of Tibet", immediately stop using the "Tibet issue" as a means for intervening in China's internal affairs and immediately halt its endless anti-China farce.
  • Computer Code Rule Decoded Peoples Daily 17 March 2000 -- The Chinese Government clarified its electronic encryption regulations Thursday to ease undue anxiety among foreign investors.
  • Reunification Timetable in Hands of Taiwan People: Experts Peoples Daily 17 March 2000 -- Noted Beijing-based scholars and experts on the Taiwan issue said on Thursday that the reunification of the motherland should have a timetable, and it's up to the Taiwan people to set it.
  • Tang Calls for Joint Efforts to Prevent Taiwan Independence Peoples Daily 17 March 2000 -- Tang Shubei, executive vice president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS), said that Taiwan is at a critical juncture and now is the time for Chinese compatriots on both sides of the Straits to work together to stop the island from becoming independent
  • U-S CHINA Voice of America 17 March 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen says China does not appear to be getting ready to attack Taiwan, even though officials in Beijing have been making blunt threats to take military action against the island.
  • CHINA - WORLD BANK Voice of America 17 March 2000 -- Tibetans in exile have criticized the relocation program, saying it will disrupt the culture and livelihood of the area's indigenous people - mostly Tibetan and Mongolian herders.
  • Text: GAO Report on China WTO Bid, Normal Trade Relations Status 17 March 2000 -- The U.S. General Accounting Office issued a report concluding that if Congress did not grant permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status to China, "this situation could potentially put U.S. business interests at a considerable competitive disadvantage" when competing with other World Trade Organization (WTO) members for China's markets.
  • Text: USTR Barshefsky Speech on U.S.-China Trade Relations 16 March 2000 -- U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky continued her quest to build support for granting permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status to China.
  • Text: House Majority Whip DeLay Speech on U.S. Foreign Policy 16 March 2000 -- "How we handle the emerging empire ruled from Beijing is the leading national security issue of our time," DeLay told his CSIS audience. For the past decade, the Texas Republican said, "China has been engaged in a massive build-up of modern nuclear and conventional forces. Their aim," he claimed, "gaining unmatched military power in the region."
  • China Issues Statement on Taiwan Election PRC Foreign Ministry 16 March 2000 -- We should listen to what the new leader in Taiwan says and watch what he does. We will observe where he will lead cross-Straits relations.
  • CHINA-US-AMBASSADOR Voice of America 16 March 2000 -- The U-S State Department called in China's Ambassador Thursday to discuss the tense issue of Taiwan. Washington is hoping that Beijing will tone down its militant rhetoric.
  • U-S / CHINA Voice of America 16 March 2000 -- U-S Defense Secretary William Cohen calls China's latest threat to use force against Taiwan "counter-productive."
  • CHINA - TAIWAN Voice of America 16 March 2000 -- One of China's top policy makers on the Taiwan issue, Tang Shubei, says if Taiwan decides to become independent, China can no longer talk about peaceful reunification.
  • Full Text of Premier Zhu's Press Conference Peoples Daily 16 March 2000 -- "As for the formulation that the Taiwan question should not be allowed to drag on indefinitely, Comrade Deng Xiaoping used almost the exact words in the 1980s to state the govern-ment's position on this point. He said that the Taiwan question should not drag on indefinitely, and also suggested that if the Taiwan question should be allowed to drag on indefinitely, how can it be possible that we will not use force? The proposition has been put forward for a long time.... there are always some people in certain countries in the world who are always there standing against China. They always take China as their imaginary and potential enemy. They want to use Taiwan, which in their view is an unsinkable aircraft carrier, to oppose China or to do something against China.... Today, the Chinese people have stood up. So how can it be possible that we will allow Taiwan - which has been a part of China's territory - to be separated from the motherland? Absolutely, we cannot!"
  • Chinese Premier Warns Against 'Taiwan Independence' Peoples Daily 16 March 2000 -- Premier Zhu Rongji warned in Beijing Wednesday that China will not tolerate "Taiwan independence" and that the Chinese people are ready to shed blood and sacrifice their lives to defend the unity of their motherland and the dignity of the Chinese nation.
  • Chinese Premier's News Conference Peoples Daily 15 March 2000 -- ``No matter who wins Taiwan 'presidential election', he must not pursue Taiwan independence in whatever forms, '' Zhu said, adding ``this is our bottomline, because it's in the will of 1.2 billion Chinese people.'' Premier Zhu said the Taiwan question should not be dragged on indefinitely.
  • CHINA - ZHU Voice of America 15 March 2000 -- Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji says Beijing will never tolerate Taiwan's independence and he has warned Taiwan's voters to keep that in mind when they cast ballots for a new president, Saturday.
  • CHINA - CONGRESS Voice of America 15 March 2000 -- China's legislature has ended its annual meeting in Beijing, strongly endorsing the work of Premier Zhu Rongji. But many delegates showed their dissatisfaction with the government's handling of the problem of corruption.
  • Ways and Means Chair Urges Clinton to Sell Nation on China Trade Deal By Steve La Rocque Washington File 15 March 2000 -- House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Archer (Republican of Texas) is calling on President Clinton to tell the American people in a nationally televised address why the United States should grant permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status to China.
  • Text: Commerce Secretary Daley Sees Support for China Trade Status 15 March 2000 -- The Clinton Administration's efforts to persuade Congress to grant permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status to China is getting a bipartisan boost, says Commerce Secretary William Daley.
  • Text: Commerce Secretary Daley on China Trade Status 14 March 2000 -- U.S. Commerce Secretary William Daley remarked that while he was confident that the Clinton Administration would win congressional support for China's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), he nonetheless was bothered by the fact that "the intensity is not there yet -- by any means."
  • Text: Commerce Secretary Daley Remarks on China Trade Status 14 March 2000 -- President Clinton's self-described "point man" for getting Congressional approval of permanent Normal Trading Relations (NTR) status for China says it will be the toughest vote the U.S. Congress has faced in many years.
  • U-S CHINA - HUMAN RIGHTS Voice of America 14 March 2000 -- China is demanding the United States stop its plan to introduce a resolution criticizing China at the U-N Human Rights Commission in Geneva.
  • U-S - CHINA TRADE Voice of America 14 March 2000 -- American companies doing business in China say many of the country's laws and regulations treat them unfairly. U-S businesses find China's legal system unpredictable, undependable and confusing.
  • CHINA-TAIWAN: WORRIES MOUNT AS 'UNCERTAINTIES' CONTINUE Issue Focus - Foreign Media Reaction 13 March 2000 -- The PRC's perceived "threats" against Taiwan, coupled with the announcement last week of a 12.7 percent increase in China's defense budget and statements by Chinese officials charging that the U.S. was "responsible" for rising tensions in the Taiwan Strait, led most writers outside China--including some in Hong Kong--to worry about the "uncertainties" governing the situation in the Taiwan Strait.
  • U-S / CHINA Voice of America 13 March 2000 -- Six former Secretaries of State have written a letter urging Congress to approve permanent normal trade relations with China.
  • Transcript: Defense Secretary Cohen Hong Kong Press Briefing 11 March 2000 -- On Beijing's recent threat to use force against Taiwan if the latter doesn't seem to be negotiating seriously about reunification, Cohen stressed the "absolute" need to resolve the issue peacefully. "I think the overall concern was that if it got out of hand and there was some miscalculation, it would be a very negative consequence flowing from it should there be any military action."
  • U.S. Fomented Separatist Forces in Taiwan: Tang People's Daily March 11, 2000 -- What the United States has done toward Taiwan has fomented separatist forces in Taiwan and the United States has unshirkable responsibilities for this, said Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan Friday afternoon.
  • COHEN CHINA Voice of America 10 March 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen dismisses charges that Washington is encouraging Taiwan's independence from China.
  • CHINA-US-TAIWAN Voice of America 10 March 2000 -- China is blaming the United States for inflaming tensions over Taiwan by selling the island weapons. Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan says China's relations with both the United States and Taiwan are now at what he calls a critical juncture.
  • CHINA-CORRUPTION Voice of America 10 March 2000 -- The President of China's Supreme People's Court Xiao Yang says more than 15-thousand-700 people were sentenced last year for corruption-related crimes.
  • THE CHINA TRADE DEBATE Voice of America 09 March 2000 -- America's trade relations with China are always a controversial topic on Capitol Hill and more so this year due to recent warnings from Beijing about retaking Taiwan by force, and Beijing's latest crack down on religious and political dissent.
  • CHINA-HINTERLAND Voice of America 09 March 2000 -- Chinese government says developing the west is important for national economic growth, poverty eradication and social stability, but it has so far been vague about how it plans to attract the billions of dollars needed to make the project succeed.
  • DOCUMENT STATES CHINA PREPARED TO FIGHT US IF IT INTERVENES IN TAIWAN [CNA Taiwan] 09 March 2000 -- Communist China is actively planning a military invasion of Taiwan and is preparing to wage war against the United States -- including using its small force of strategic nuclear missiles, if Washington attempts to defend Taiwan.
  • Spokesperson on the reported U.S. arms sale to Taiwan March 9, 2000 -- The US side keeps on violating its commitments by selling sophisticated weaponry to Taiwan massively and persistently.
  • CHINA - US TRADE Voice of America 09 March 2000 -- China has welcomed President Clinton's announcement asking Congress to approve permanent favorable trade privileges for Beijing.
  • TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: March 8, 2000 -- I, therefore, with this letter transmit to the Congress legislation authorizing the President to terminate application of Title IV of the Trade Act of 1974 to the People's Republic of China and extend permanent Normal Trade Relations treatment to products from China.
  • REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON CHINA March 8, 2000 -- We have a far greater chance of having a positive influence on China's actions if we welcome China into the world community, instead of shutting it out. By lowering the barriers that protect state-owned industries, China is speeding the process that is removing government from vast areas of people's lives.
  • CLINTON - CHINA - WTO Voice of America 08 March 2000 -- The measure to extend permanent normal trade ties to China faces significant opposition from House Democrats, who - backed by their labor union allies - believe greater trade with China would erode labor and environmental standards.
  • CLINTON-CHINA-WTO Voice of America 08 March 2000 -- The issue of permanent normal trade relations with China - or P-N-T-R - has created an unusual set of allies in Washington.
  • CLINTON - CHINA - WTO Voice of America 08 March 2000 -- President Clinton will send Congress legislation granting China permanent normal trade relations and will use a Washington speech Wednesday to urge lawmakers to approve the measure soon.
  • CHINA-HUMAN RIGHTS Voice of America 08 March 2000 -- Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Harold Koh, testified that China's human rights record deteriorated sharply in 1999.
  • No Significant Growth in China's Defense Expenditures: Spokesman People's Daily Wednesday, March 08, 2000 -- China's defense expenditures will not increase significantly if no incidents that seriously threaten national sovereignty or security take place.
  • CHINA CORRUPTION Voice of America 08 March 2000 -- China has executed a top official who was convicted of taking bribes, in a sign that the government intends to crack down on graft.
  • Text: Deputy USTR Fisher on Permanent NTR for China 08 March 2000 -- The United States as a whole, and the New England states in particular, will benefit from granting China permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status and supporting that country's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), according to Deputy U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Richard Fisher.
  • Text: Pacific Forces Commander on Asia-Pacific Security 07 March 2000 -- While both China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) and Taiwan's military forces improved their capabilities in the last year, the two sides "did not significantly alter the balance of power across the Taiwan Strait," Blair said. Taiwan's military, he said, "maintains a qualitative edge over the PLA, and its combat capabilities should improve steadily over time as it incorporates new weapons into its war fighting doctrine and training."
  • Spokesperson on the reported U.S. selling of destroyers with "Aegis"system and "Patriot III"anti-missile system to Taiwan 07 March 2000 -- The Chinese Government and people are firmly opposed to the US arms sales to Taiwan and the US provision to Taiwan with any TMD system and the relevant technologies, equipment and supporting system
  • CHINA / TAIWAN / U-S Voice of America 07 March 2000 -- Beijing's barrage of belligerent rhetoric continued Tuesday with the military's own newspaper quoting a leading general as saying Western enemies intend to subjugate and divide China.
  • BLAIR CHINA Voice of America 07 March 2000 -- The Admiral who commands all U-S military forces in the Pacific says China lacks the military means to successfully invade Taiwan.
  • CHINA ECON - PROTESTS Voice of America 07 March 2000 -- Top Chinese officials have acknowledged the government is concerned about labor unrest, as it proceeds with economic reforms and workers are laid off.
  • Zhu's softer line dismissed by analysts March 6, 2000 Source: News reports Mainland Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji said yesterday that Beijing would not "sit idly by" and allow Taiwan to move toward independence, but rather than repeating mainland President Jiang Zemin's recent threat of drastic measures against the island, Zhu stressed the need for continued dialogue and exchanges with the island.
  • CHINA / TAIWAN / MILITARY Voice of America 06 March 2000 -- Top U-S intelligence officials say there is "high potential" for another military flare-up between China and Taiwan as Taiwan's elections (on March 18th) draw closer.
  • CHINA / TAIWAN Voice of America 06 March 2000 -- China's Army newspaper has stepped up the level of Beijing's saber rattling against Taiwan -- pledging in a front-page editorial it stands ready to smash any move by the island toward formal independence.
  • ASIA/MILITARY SPENDING Voice of America 06 March 2000 -- Beijing announced Monday that China would increase military spending by nearly 13-percent. This marks the 11th year in a row in which China has announced double-digit defense spending increases.
  • 'Taiwan Independence' Means War: Army Paper People's Daily Monday, March 06, 2000 -- The people's armed forces will carry out the sacred mission of safeguarding the motherland unification. Following the return to the motherland of Hong Kong and Macao, the great cause of promoting the peaceful reunification of the motherland has entered a new historic stage.
  • China Not to Tolerate Separatist Activity People's Daily 05 March 2000 -- Premier Zhu Rongji said the Chinese people are determined and absolutely capable to bring the Taiwan question to an early settlement and realize the great cause of reunification of the motherland.
  • CHINA CONGRESS Voice of America 05 March 2000 -- Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji refrained from repeating Beijing's threat to use force against Taiwan if the island continues to drag its feet on discussing reunification with China. But he made clear that China will not remain indifferent to any activity on the island that Beijing may view as undermining its claims to sovereignty over Taiwan.
  • CHINA PARLIAMENT Voice of America 04 March 2000 -- China's National People's Congress -- the country's legislature -- opens its annual plenary session Sunday, during which it will discuss the government's budget and economic development plans.
  • No Change in Policy on Taiwan: Ambassador Li People's Daily 04 March 2000 -- Chinese Ambassador to the United States Li Zhaoxing said Thursday it is not right to say that the Chinese government has changed its policy on Taiwan. Li said that in an important speech on Tuesday, Chinese Vice Premier Qian Qichen denied the foreign press allegations that China's policy on Taiwan has been changed.
  • Jiang Zemin Calls for Joint Reunification Efforts Across Straits People's Daily 04 March 2000 -- President Jiang Zemin said, "we will definitely not commit to abandoning the use of force." the Chinese government will have to adopt all possible, determined measures to safeguard the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity, provided major incidents causing Taiwan to separate from China occurred under any premise, provided Taiwan is invaded and occupied by any foreign power, or provided Taiwan Authorities postpones indefinitely the peacefully settlement of reunification issue by negotiations.
  • CHINA'S THREAT AGAINST TAIWAN MUST BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY: EXPERTS CNA-Taiwan 03 March 2000 -- "The Chinese strategic elite -- senior military officers and strategic thinkers -- are all saying that China must conquer and control Taiwan soon if it is to achieve its longer term strategic goal of dominating East Asia, like all the great Chinese dynasties did," said Ross Munro, director of Asian studies at the Center for Security Studies in Washington
  • China Ends History of Having No Land Resource Satellites People's Daily 03 March 2000 -- The Sino-Brazilian Earth Resource Satellite 01 Hand-Over Ceremony was held in Beijing March 2 by the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, at which the satellite was turned over by the China Space Science and Technology Group Company.
  • Russia, China Emphasize Strategic Partnership People's Daily 02 March 2000 -- In the current international situation, the strengthened cooperation between China and Russia not only conforms to the fundamental interests of the two nations, it is also of great significance to the progress of a multi-polar world and the establishment of a just and reasonable new world order, said Chinese President Jiang Zemin.
  • CHINA / HUMAN RIGHTS Voice of America 02 March 2000 -- The United Nations' top official for human rights is in Beijing and is urging China to accept U-N help in bringing its human rights laws up to international standards.
  • CHINA DEBATE Voice of America 02 March 2000 -- While the measure appears to be assured passage in the Senate, its chances are less promising in the House. Organized labor, a key Democratic constituency, opposes the agreement and so too do a majority of House Democrats.
  • CHINA / U-S / W-T-O Voice of America 02 March 2000 -- Top trade union leaders in the United States have urged Congress to defeat legislation that would pave the way for China's entry to the World Trade Organization.
  • CHINA, TAIWAN AND THE U-S Voice of America 02 March 2000 -- Ross Munro, director of Asian studies at the Center for Security Studies in Washington, says it is troubling that the Chinese leadership seems to think if it attacks Taiwan, the United States will not intervene. That, he emphasizes, is a dangerous and mistaken assumption.
  • MAINLAND CHINA CANNOT TAKE TAIWAN MILITARILY: CIA CHIEF CNA-Taiwan 03 March 2000 -- CIA Director George J. Tenet was quoted by the Sing Tao Daily as saying that "China does not have the military air and sea capability required to put troops on the ground for an invasion of Taiwan," and that "if you are going to take an island, you have to be able to sustain an invasion and we don't think they can do that."
  • CROSS-STRAIT CONFLICT WILL HAVE DISASTROUS CONSEQUENCES: US OFFICIAL CNA-Taiwan 02 March 2000 -- Former US ambassador to mainland China James Lilley said that he does not think Beijing will invade Taiwan within the next five years, but added that he cannot rule out the possibility.
  • PRC unlikely to up threats ahead of poll The China Post 02 March 2000 -- It seems unlikely the communist government will take any hostile military action in the run up to the March 18 presidential election. What the PRC may now want to do is just quietly wait for the outcome of the coming presidential election and the arrival of May 20 when the new president assumes office.
  • CLINTON-CHINA Voice of America 01 March 2000 -- President Clinton says that expanding internet access in China will be good for American high-tech industries and will "inevitably" contribute to political liberalization there.
  • CHINA-US-TAIWAN Voice of America 01 March 2000 -- The commander of U-S forces in the Pacific, Admiral Dennis Blair, has told Chinese military leaders he is concerned about Beijing's renewed threats against Taiwan and urged them to show patience toward the island.
  • CHINA-HUMAN RIGHTS Voice of America 01 March 2000 -- Chinese Vice-Premier Qian Qichen, told the workshop that China will not adopt foreign models of democracy and asked fellow Asians not to give into western pressure.
  • CHINA-TIBET Voice of America 01 March 2000 -- says Chinese authorities have detained the parents of the Karmapa Lama - the high-ranking Tibetan Buddhist leader who fled to India in January.
  • BEIJING NOT TO LOB MISSILE, BUT WILL GO ON HEIGHTENED ALERT: REPORT March 1 (CNA) Beijing will not lob missiles into waters near Taiwan in the run-up to the island's March 18 presidential election, but its military will go on heightened alert to cope with any possible developments, a Japanese paper reported on Wednesday. China will not repeat its 1996 practice of test-firing missiles at Taiwan's doorstep ahead of the island's upcoming election.
  • CHINESE THREATS AGAINST TAIWAN RESULT OF CLINTON POLICY: US EXPERT March 1 (CNA) The latest Communist Chinese rhetorical assault on Taiwan is the inevitable result of the Clinton administration's policy mistakes, and the United States should help enhance Taiwan's security and stop using Beijing's "one China" slogan.
  • LATEST THREATS AGAINST TAIWAN SAID RESULT OF SPLITS IN BEIJING March 1 (CNA) The only rational explanation for Beijing issuing the latest threat against Taiwan is that a split in the Communist Chinese leadership is rapidly widening, and this severe internal stress may lead to a military attack on Taiwan.
  • United States Relations with the People's Republic of China Congressional Policy Advisory Board March 1, 2000 -- PRC's actions, together with the Administration's failure adequately to address them, render it particularly urgent that the Senate promptly approve the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act recently passed by the House.
  • 'One-China' and international law, United Daily News, 01 March 2000 -- Commentary by Hungdah Chiu, member of the ROC's National Unification Council and president of the International Law Association, on the White Paper "The One-China Principle and the Taiwan Issue" publ;ished by the Taiwan Affairs Office and the Information Office of the State Council of the People's Republic of China.

    February

  • US PAPERS DENOUNCE CHINA'S LATEST THREAT AGAINST TAIWAN Feb. 29 (CNA) Several newspapers in the United States published editorials Monday denouncing Communist China's latest threat to use force against Taiwan if the latter does not start negotiating reunification with the mainland.
  • BEIJING'S THREATS AGAINST TAIWAN INCREASE INSTABILITY: EXPERT Feb. 29 (CNA) -- For Mao Zedong, resolution of the Taiwan problem was thought about in terms of a hundred years. For Deng Xiaoping, the period was reduced to fifty years. With the present statement out of Beijing, the time horizon has been shortened further, albeit indefinitely.
  • U-S / CHINA / TAIWAN Voice of America 29 February 2000 -- The commander of U-S Pacific forces, Admiral Dennis Blair, has met with senior Chinese military leaders to express Washington's concern about Beijing's most recent threats to attack Taiwan.
  • Chinese Diplomat Calls for Actions to Stop U.S. Senate Passing TSEA People's Daily Tuesday, February 29, 2000 -- Chinese Consul-General in Los Angeles An Wenbin Sunday called for actions to dissuade the U. S. Senate from passing the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act (TSEA).
  • CLINTON - CHINA Voice of America 29 February 2000 -- President Clinton says he believes Beijing's threats against Taiwan will not undermine efforts to grant China permanent normal trade status.
  • CHINA CONGRESS - US EXPECTATIONS Voice of America 29 February 2000 -- The public meetings of the upcoming session of China's legislature are likely to be dominated by speeches about the country's economic progress and problems.
  • BARSHEFSKY - CHINA - W-T-O Voice of America 29 February 2000 -- U-S Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky says American workers will suffer if the U-S Congress does not ratify the agreement supporting China's entry into the World Trade Organization.
  • BEIJING'S NEW HARD LINE MERE SURVIVAL TACTIC, SAYS ANALYST [CNA Taiwan] 28 Febuary 2000 -- China declining Japan's invitation to join the G8 meeting, letting World Trade Organization accession talks with the Europeans break down, and releasing the menacing new document threatening military force against Taiwan show that Jiang Zemin is having domestic political troubles and the new hard line against the West is part of his survival strategy.
  • BEIJING STILL CANNOT DESTROY SINGLE ROC MISSILE COMPANY: REPORT [CNA Taiwan] 28 Febuary 2000 -- China currently has about 200 M-9 missiles with a range of 600 kilometers, and 16 Dongfeng-21 missiles with a range of 1,800 km. China also has about 80 Dongfeng No. 3 missiles with a range of 3,000 km, and 10 each of Dongfeng No. 4 missiles, with a range of 5,500 km to 7,000 km, and Dongfeng No. 5 missiles, with a range of 14,500 km.
  • CHINA 'RATTLES SABERS' AT TAIWAN--AGAIN; WILL 'WHITE PAPER' BACKFIRE? Media Reaction 28 Febuary 2000 -- The white paper issued by China's State Council a week ago, effectively warning Taiwan that Beijing would "adopt all drastic measures"--including the "use of force"--should Taipei indefinitely delay talks on reunification with the mainland, set off alarm bells on editorial pages in Asia, Europe and the Western Hemisphere. While a few commentators chalked up China's move to mere "saber-rattling" in advance of the presidential elections in Taiwan next month, a larger number perceived a "dramatic escalation" of tensions across the Taiwan Strait that could conceivably portend--in the words of moderate Tokyo Shimbun--"an all-out showdown with the U.S."
  • Rep. Cox Assails PRC Ministry Of State Security Plan To Subvert Internet, Ban U.S. Encryption (Wednesday, January 26, 2000)-U.S. Representative Christopher Cox today condemned the adoption by the People's Republic of China of a "no privacy" policy on Internet use within China as "incompatible with the free markets of today's world."
  • CLINTON-CHINA TRADE Voice of America 25 February 2000 -- President Clinton is vowing to fight on for a deal giving China permanent U-S trade benefits despite warnings from Congressional leaders that the agreement is in jeopardy because of new Chinese threats to use force to settle the Taiwan issue.
  • CLINTON-CHINA Voice of America 25 February 2000 -- President Clinton says he thinks he can still win Congressional approval for the agreement giving China permanent U-S trade benefits -- despite China's threat this week to use force against Taiwan if unification talks with the island falter.
  • CHINA E.U. TRADE TALKS Voice of America 25 February 2000 -- Talks between the European Union and Beijing on China's accession to the World Trade Organization faltered this week. But the European Union remains hopeful that an agreement will soon be reached.
  • Reunification With Motherland, Only Way Out For Taiwan: Diplomat People's Daily Friday, February 25, 2000 -- Reunification with the motherland is the only way out for Taiwan, and any other forms such as the "Two States" doctrine, changing Taiwan's status by referendum or "Two German states formula" are intolerable, a senior Chinese diplomat said in Washington Wednesday
  • Armed Forces: Important Guarantee for Containing Taiwan Independence People's Daily Friday, February 25, 2000 -- Whether in the past, at present or in the future, at the critical moment when China's territory was, is and will be endangered by the emergence of separation, the People's Liberation Army naturally steps forward bravely to safeguard state sovereignty and territorial integrity. For quite a long period of time after the founding of New China, the PLA has made solid and conscientious preparations for fulfilling the mission, known as "We are determined to liberate Taiwan".
  • CLINTON-CHINA Voice of America 24 February 2000 -- President Clinton has appealed to top business executives to actively support his drive for congressional approval of permanent U-S trade benefits for China -- a process complicated by China's renewed threats to use force against Taiwan.
  • CHINA - U-S - TAIWAN Voice of America 24 February 2000 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhu Bangzao expressed what he described as Beijing's strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to any U-S interference on the issue of Taiwan.
  • FM Spokesman on Sino-U.S. Strategic and Security Consultations People's Daily 24 February 2000 -- The Chinese and U.S. sides made in-depth and candid exchanges of views on security, ballistic-missile defense and Taiwan arms-sale issues during their February 17-18 consultations, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhu Bangzao.
  • Experts: Attempts to Split Violate Law People's Daily 24 February 2000 -- Legal experts have claimed that any attempt to violate the one-China principle has no root in domestic or international law.
  • The Mighty Underwater Force of the Republic People's Daily 24 February 2000 -- This report written by Our Staff Reporters Chen Wanjun, Xu Sen, Wang Guochun and Zhai Qiyun is about how a submarine unit of the People's Navy marches toward the new century.
  • Chinese Air Force Capable of Defending Airspace People's Daily 24 February 2000 -- PLA Air Force is shifting from national air defense toward defense plus offense in order to better implement the national military strategy of active defense.
  • Reunification With Motherland, Only Way Out For Taiwan People's Daily 24 February 2000 -- Reunification with the motherland is the only way out for Taiwan, and any other forms such as the "Two States" doctrine, changing Taiwan's status by referendum or "Two German states formula" are intolerable, a senior Chinese diplomat said in Washington Wednesday.
  • CHINA-WTO Voice of America 23 February 2000 -- Key U-S Senators warned today (Wednesday) that President Clinton's trade agreement with China could be threatened. The senators say the agreement has been undermined by China's recent threats against Taiwan, as well as signs of ambivalence from Vice President Al Gore.
  • CHINA-EU-W-T-O Voice of America 23 February 2000 -- The diplomats say the main obstacles continue to be China's refusal to meet E-U demands that Beijing allow greater access to the Chinese market for European insurance and telecommunications firms.
  • CHINA - TAIWAN Voice of America 23 February 2000 -- China has just released a rather bellicose position paper on its view of relations with the island of Formosa, on which the government of Taiwan will soon hold a presidential election.
  • China Taiwan Threats Seen as Regional Security Risk By Susan Ellis USIA 23 February 2000 -- Any use of force by China against Taiwan would be seen by the United States "as a threat to the security in the South China Sea area and in Asia generally ... and the administration would consult with Congress over the appropriate response," according to Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon.
  • PRESS BRIEFING BY JOE LOCKHART February 23, 2000 -- I think if you look in the paper this morning, you will find some comments from senior government officials that take a more moderate tone on the some of the issues that the white paper raised.
  • PRESS BRIEFING BY JOE LOCKHART February 22, 2000 -- If they were to take action, which would try to resolve the issue between China and Taiwan through force, we would view that with grave concern. That's the position articulated in the Taiwan Relations Act and that continues.
  • HELMS STATEMENT ON NEW THREATS AGAINST TAIWAN February 22, 2000 -- I am deeply concerned by today's revelations that Red China has escalated its threat of armed aggression against democratic Taiwan, lowering the threshold by which Beijing would justify an invasion of the island.
  • DoD News Briefing Tuesday, February 22, 2000 -- Our policy is very clear. There's a one-China policy. Any disputes about timing, between the two, China and Taiwan, should be resolved peacefully. And that's the policy. So we reject threats about the use of force. Our assessment that it would be extremely difficult for China to carry out an invasion has not changed.
  • Text: Chairmen Helms, Gilman Statements on Threats Against Taiwan USIA 22 February 2000 -- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms and House International Relations Committee Chairman Benjamin A. Gilman both released statements February 22 saying they were "deeply concerned" by new threats made by the People's Republic of China to invade Taiwan.
  • U-S-CHINA Voice of America 22 February 2000 -- The Chinese threat to use "drastic" measures - including military force - if Taiwan tries to delay unification talks indefinitely came as an unwelcome surprise to the Clinton administration.
  • CHINA-TAIWAN Voice of America 22 February 2000 -- China has reiterated its warning to Taiwan that, if it continues to drag its feet on negotiating its reunification with the mainland, Beijing might be compelled to use force.
  • China Releases White Paper on Taiwan Issue People's Daily 22 February 2000 -- This white paper is the second issued by the Chinese government on the issue of Taiwan. In August, 1993, a white paper titled "The Taiwan Question and Reunification of China" was released by the Taiwan Affairs Office and the Information Office of the State Council.
  • Editorial - Adhering to the One-China Principle to Achieve Early Peaceful Reunification People's Daily 22 February 2000 -- If Taiwan were separated from China, occupied by foreign countries, or the Taiwan Authorities refuse to peacefully resolve the reunification issue through negotiations, peaceful reunification will become impossible.
  • Editorial - One China Principle: Foundation and Prerequisite for Peaceful Reunification People's Daily 22 February 2000 -- While resolutely waging struggle against splittism and against the "independence of Taiwan", the mainland of the motherland, in line with the policy of "not allowing political differences to affect and interfere in the cross-Strait economic cooperation" as set in the eight-point proposal, continues to vigorously push forward the development of cross-Strait economic and trade relations as well as personnel exchanges in various fields.
  • Spokesperson on China-US strategic and security consultation PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs - 22 February 2000 -- Ballistic missile defense was one of the core topics of the consultation. The Chinese side pointed out that the excuses offered by US did not hold water. On the Taiwan question, Mr. Talbott noted, the US side realizes the importance and sensitivity of the question and strictly observes the "one China" principle, the three Sino-US joint communiqu¨¦s and the "three-no" commitment.
  • White Paper--The One-China Principle and the Taiwan Issue -- The Taiwan Affairs Office and The Information Office of the State Council February 21, 2000
  • CHINA-TAIWAN Voice of America 21 February 2000 -- China has warned Taiwan that, if it continues its refusal to negotiate the island's reunification with the mainland, Beijing will be compelled to take drastic measures, including the use of force.
  • CHINA E-U W-T-O Voice of America 21 February 2000 -- China and the European Union have opened two days of crucial talks in Beijing on China's bid to join the World Trade Organization.
  • CHINA / MILITARY Voice of America 21 February 2000 -- The head of China's air force said Monday that while Beijing aims to boost its offensive capabilities, it would never invade another sovereign state.
  • CHINA / U-S SECURITY Voice of America 18 February 2000 -- U-S officials say the talks were dominated by Chinese concerns over U-S relations with Taiwan and Washington's plans to build an anti-missile shield.
  • CHINA - US - FALUN GONG Voice of America 17 February 2000 -- China has hinted that, if the United States grants asylum to members of the banned Falun Gong exercise and meditation sect, it will create a new obstacle to improving Sino-US relations.
  • CHINA-US Voice of America 17 February 2000 -- Top officials from China and the United States have resumed a bilateral dialogue on strategic security issues that was cut off by Beijing after NATO unintentionally bombed the Chinese embassy in Yugoslavia last May.
  • CHINA-HUMAN RIGHTS Voice of America 17 February 2000 -- China has issued a report vigorously defending its human rights record ahead of a key United Nations meeting next month.
  • CHINA NTR Voice of America 16 February 2000 -- President Clinton and opposition Republicans in Congress have begun a major push to win passage of normal trading status for China, a key component of the plan to bring China into the World Trade Organization.
  • Text: Glickman Says China's WTO Entry to Boost U.S. Exports USIA 16 February 2000 -- The accession of China in the World Trade Organization (WTO) would generate at least $2,000 million annually in additional U.S. agricultural exports by 2005, says U.S. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman.
  • Text: Rep. Philip Crane Statement on China Trade Status USIA 16 February 2000 -- Representative Philip Crane (Republican of Illinois), chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, urged fellow lawmakers to grant permanent Normal Trade Relations status to China in a February 16 hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee.
  • Text: House Ways and Means Chairman on China Trade Relations USIA 16 February 2000 -- The United States should grant China permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR), according to Bill Archer (Republican of Texas), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
  • U.S.-CHINA TRADE Voice of America 15 February 2000 -- President Clinton has mounted an intensive drive to persuade Congress to permanently grant China normal trading status with the United States.
  • BEIJING BLAST Voice of America 15 February 2000 -- A man exploded a bomb in Beijing's Tiananmen Square Tuesday, killing himself and slightly wounding a South Korean tourist.
  • CHINA - FALUN GONG Voice of America 14 February 2000 -- 140 members of the banned Falun Gong exercise and meditation movement have staged a hunger strike while under detention in northeastern China.
  • MAINLAND CHINESE PRESIDENT BRANDED TOO SOFT ON TAIWAN [CNA Taiwan] 11 February 2000 -- Hardline People's Liberation Army former generals have criticized mainland Chinese President Jiang Zemin for being "too soft" on Taiwan and the United States, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday.
  • CHINA-HUMAN RIGHTS Voice of America 10 February 2000 -- China has arrested about two-thousand members of the Falun Gong exercise and meditation movement since the Lunar New Year began last Saturday.
  • US - CHINA - WTO Voice of America 10 February 2000 -- Clinton administration is concerned that the collapse of the WTO talks in Seattle late last year may embolden free trade opponents in Congress and jeopardize chances the trade deal with China will be approved.
  • National Security Advisor Berger Remarks on China USIA 8 February 2000 -- The United States Congress should grant permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status to China, according to Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Samuel Berger.
  • CHINA-FALUN GONG Voice of America 05 February 2000 -- Chinese police have again detained a large number of followers of the outlawed Falun Gong spiritual movement.
  • USTR Barshefsky Feb. 4 Speech on China Trade Relations USIA 4 February 2000 -- U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky urged state legislators February 4 to help the Clinton Administration convince Congress that the trade agreement reached between China and the United States last November is in the national interest, and to persuade Congress to grant China permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) status.
  • Text: Secretary of Commerce Daley Remarks on China, NTR, and WTO USIA 3 February 2000 -- U.S. Secretary of Commerce William Daley warned an audience at Catholic University February 3 that failure to grant China permanent normal trade relations (NTR) "would weaken positive forces for change in China."
  • Text: Summary of U.S.-China Bilateral WTO Agreement 02 February 2000 -- The China Trade Relations Working Group at the White House has released a summary of the U.S.-China Bilateral World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement that was signed, after thirteen years of negotiation, in Beijing November 15, 1999.
  • CHINA / RELIGION Voice of America 02 February 2000 -- China is intensifying its crackdown on unauthorized religious and spiritual groups - shutting down meeting places and sentencing members to prison terms.
  • Stern Representation Made by Vice Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi with the U.S. Side over the Passage of the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act by the U.S. House of Representatives Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Feb 2, 2000) In adopting the Act, the U.S. House of Representatives, aiming at creating "one China, one Taiwan" or "two Chinas", has undoubtedly violated the three Sino-U.S. joint communiqués and the relevant commitments made by the U.S. side, seriously infringed upon China's sovereignty and grossly interfered in China's internal affairs.
  • US House Passes Bill on Taiwan Security, Clinton to Veto It People's Daily Wednesday, February 02, 2000 -- In a statement earlier in the day, the White House said it "strongly opposes" the measure because it "would seriously diminish Taiwan's security and undermine the important U.S. objective of stability in Asia."
  • Editorial Taiwan's Future Hinges on Reunification of Motherland People's Daily Wednesday, February 02, 2000 -- This article is written by Yang Guoqing and published in the Special Column, "Commemorating Fifth Anniversary of Publication of President Jiang's Eight-Point Proposal", jointly set up by the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council and the People's Daily.
  • Spokesperson on the upcoming vote of the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act by the US Congress Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Feb 1, 2000) The attempt has gravely threatened peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits and the China-US relations.
  • Anti-China Attempt Would Hurt US Ties Peoples Daily February 01, 2000 -- Vice-Foreign Minister Wang Guangya has warned the United States of a "serious setback" in bilateral human rights talks if the US introduces an anti-China resolution to a UN human rights meeting in March.

    January

  • The Clinton-Gore Abandonment of America's Long-Standing Taiwan Policy House Policy Committee January 31, 2000 -- There is a growing threat to peace across the Taiwan Strait: the massive, ongoing military buildup that the People's Republic of China is openly directing against democratic Taiwan.
  • Chinese Ambassador to US Warns Against "Taiwan Independence" People's Daily Monday, January 31, 2000 -- "Taiwan independence" will not mean peace but a war between the two sides of the straits, Chinese Ambassador to the United States Li Zhaoxing said in Washington
  • U.S., China to Resume Military Relations By Linda D. Kozaryn American Forces Press Service 31 January 2000 -- U.S. and Chinese defense leaders agreed Jan. 26 to resume military-to-military relations.
  • China Will Not Tolerate Separatism in Taiwan People's Daily Sunday, January 30, 2000 -- China expects to resume negotiations between the two sides of the Taiwan Straits on the basis of the one China principle and fulfill the plan for Wang Daohan, president of the Association forRelations Across the Taiwan Straits to visit Taiwan, said Chen Yunlin, director of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.
  • RUSSIA SAID TO AUTHORIZE BEIJING TO PRODUCE SU-30 JET FIGHTERS (CNA-Taiwan) 30 January 2000 -- Russia and Beijing may have reached a technology agreement under which Russia authorizes Beijing to produce Russia's most modern SU-30 jet fighters in mainland China.
  • Beijing warns independence means war Taiwan News January 29, 2000 -- Mainland China warned Taiwan yesterday that any attempt to declare independence would lead to war. But Chinese Vice Premier Qian Qichen, who voiced the warning, said the Taiwan case should not be solved with a heavy hand.
  • "Taiwan Independence" Will Not Mean Peace: Qian Qichen People's Daily Saturday, January 29, 2000 -- "Taiwan independence" absolutely will not mean peace but a war between the two sides of the straits, and compatriots both in Taiwan and the mainland must make concerted efforts to fight against it,
  • Walter Slocombe, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy January 27, 2000 - They made clear that they would prefer to see the ABM Treaty unchanged. They made it clear they do not agree with our going forward with the National Missile Defense.
    Q What did you tell them to convince them that NMD is not designed to take away their nuclear deterrent?
    MR. SLOCOMBE: It's not for us to convince them of that proposition. And their objection, I have to say, was more generally based.
  • BEIJING SPIES STOLE CANADIAN NUCLEAR SECRETS: NEWSPAPER (CNA-Taiwan) 24 January 2000 -- Communist Chinese spies stole Canadian nuclear secrets to build a pirate copy of a research reactor, and has been marketing its cheap clone around the world, a Canadian newspaper reported on Monday.
  • RUSSIANS FOUND ASSISTING BEIJING ON NUCLEAR WEAPON DEV'T (CNA-Taiwan) 15 January 2000 -- Russian nuclear weapons experts assisting Beijing with "tritium extraction" for thermonuclear warheads National Security Agency obtained an electronic intercept in November on the secret Russian-PRC cooperation.
  • CHINA-US-HUMAN RIGHTS Voice of America 31 January 2000 -- China has warned the United States against introducing a resolution criticizing Beijing's human rights record at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
  • CHINA-EXERCISE GROUP Voice of America 31 January 2000 -- The newest group to come under fire from the Chinese government is Zhong Gong - an offshoot of qigong.
  • CHINA - SCHOLAR Voice of America 29 January 2000 -- A Chinese researcher based in the United States has been freed by Chinese authorities and sent back to America after being detained for nearly six months on charges of smuggling state secrets out of China.
  • CHINA / U-S SCHOLAR Voice of America 28 January 2000 -- U-S lawmakers say a Chinese-born scholar may soon be on his way back to his home in the United States after months of detention in China on charges of smuggling classified documents.
  • U-S - CHINA Voice of America 27 January 2000 -- U-S Defense Secretary William Cohen says China has invited him to visit in the next few months, marking the apparent end to a serious strain in relations between Washington and Beijing.
  • CHINA-INTERNET Voice of America 27 January 2000 -- China is defending new rules imposed on the Internet, saying they are aimed at protecting state security.
  • CHINA / U-S AMBASSADOR Voice of America 27 January 2000 -- The new U-S ambassador to China says expanding high-level military contacts between the two countries is crucial if Beijing and Washington are to avoid any miscalculation in potential confrontations.
  • CHINA-US-TALKS Voice of America 26 January 2000 -- Talks aimed at repairing strained relations between the United States and China are underway at the Pentagon.
  • CHINA-SPENDING Voice of America 26 January 2000 -- China says it plans to continue massive government spending over the next one or two years to spur economic growth and consumer demand.
  • CHINA / STATE ENTERPRISES Voice of America 25 January 2000 -- One of China's top economic officials says the country's ailing state-owned enterprises are returning to profitability.
  • TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE January 24, 1999 -- On November 15th of last year, my Administration signed an historic trade agreement with the People?s Republic of China. Bringing China into the World Trade Organization (WTO) on the strong terms we negotiated will advance critical economic and national security goals.
  • CHINA / US / MILITARY Voice of America 24 January 2000 -- One of Beijing's top generals is in Washington for talks aimed at restoring frayed relations between the United States and China.
  • Beijing leaders still clinging to policies of the past Byline : Dennis Hickey Free China Review 01/21/2000 -- Changes in the PRC's approach to Taiwan have been comparatively modest. Despite the dramatic transformations that have occurred on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, there has been little movement in Beijing's position since Deng Xiaoping advanced the so-called "one country, two systems" unification formula.
  • U-S / CHINA / MILITARY Voice of America 21 January 2000 -- Washington and Beijing are taking steps to mend relations badly strained by the accidental U-S attack on a Chinese embassy during the Kosovo crisis.
  • CHINA-EXERCISE GROUP Voice of America 19 January 2000 -- China is planning to extend its crackdown on the Falun Gong exercise and meditation movement to a similar group.
  • U-S - CHINA - W-T-O Voice of America 19 January 2000 -- President Clinton met with his cabinet Wednesday to plot strategy for winning Congressional support for China's entry into the World Trade Organization.
  • China Plans to Join International Space Station Project People's Daily Friday, January 14, 2000 -- According to the Ministry of Science and Technology, China is currently drawing up plans to participate in the international space station project.
  • CHINA / GENERAL Voice of America 14 January 2000 -- China has sentenced a retired air force general to 17 years in prison for playing a major role in the banned Falun Gong exercise and meditation movement.
  • CHINA / U-S / HUMAN RIGHTS Voice of America 13 January 2000 -- Beijing says a U-S decision to sponsor a resolution criticizing Chinese human-rights policy at an annual United Nations forum is doomed to failure.
  • MND CLOSELY WATCHING REPORTS ON BEIJING AIRCRAFT-CARRIER [CNA Taiwan] 12 January 2000 -- The plan apparently is for a carrier with a displacement of 48,000 tons, powered by a Russian-made TB12 steam turbine engine. The ship will have a top speed of 30 knots. The report also claimed that Beijing's recent purchase of Russian SU-30 jet fighters worth US$2 billion was made in order to arm the carrier.
  • CHINA / AUSTRALIA / FALUN GONG Voice of America 10 January 2000 -- The Australian Embassy in Beijing says three Australian members of the Falun Gong exercise and meditation movement have returned to Australia after being questioned Sunday by police in the Chinese capital.
  • Text: Speaker of House Hastert on Trade, National Security USIA 10 January 2000 -- Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Dennis Hastert says the Republican leaders of Congress are preparing to move legislation as soon as possible to facilitate China's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO).
  • Transcript: President Clinton on Trade Relations with China USIA 10 January 2000 -- President Clinton announced at the White House January 10 that he was launching "an all-out effort" to get Congress to pass permanent normal trade relations (NTR) status for China in order to "lock in our benefits" when that country becomes a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
  • CHINA ECON Voice of America 04 January 2000 -- China's top economic planner says he expects the country to maintain seven percent economic growth this year and predicts that the deflation that has plagued China for the past two years will flatten out.
  • China's Internet "Information Skirmish" A January 2000 report from U.S. Embassy Beijing The Chinese government and some Chinese both inside and outside China have been fighting an "information skirmish" on the Internet for over three years.



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