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2001 China Special Weapons News

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    December

  • Text: Bush Grants Permanent Normal Trade Relations Status to China Washington File 27 Dec 2001-- President Bush signed a proclamation December 27 granting permanent normal trading relations (PNTR) status to the People's Republic of China, terminating the annual Jackson-Vanik trade certification process for China.
  • YEARENDER: CHINA SUCCESSION VOA 26 Dec 2001-- China is preparing for a major transfer of power next year at the 16th Communist Party Congress. Five of the seven members of China's elite Politburo Standing Committee will step down -- including President Jiang Zemin
  • YEARENDER: U-S / CHINA RELATIONS VOA 14 Dec 2001-- Officials in Beijing and Washington say relations between China and the United States are good right now, after some serious strains earlier this year. The two some-time rivals found common ground in the fight against terrorism.

    November

    October

    September

  • RUSSIA/CHINA VOA 09 Sept 2001-- Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji is in Moscow on the third day of his Russian visit
  • RUSSIA/CHINA VOA 08 Sept 2001-- China and Russia signed a raft of trade agreements Saturday during a visit to Russia by Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji
  • U-S-CHINA TALKS VOA 06 Sept 2001-- Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan will hold talks in Washington later this month with Secretary of State Colin Powell. The September 21st meetings will lay the groundwork for President Bush's visit to China in mid-October.
  • CHINA-CHAIRMAN MAO VOA 06 Sept 2001-- China is marking the 25th anniversary of the death of Mao Zedong (Sep. 9), founder of the People's Republic of China. Although Chairman Mao is being held by many as being responsible for the deaths of millions of Chinese, through his disastrous political campaigns, many Chinese still worship him
  • U-S / CHINA / MISSILE DEFENSE VOA 06 Sept 2001-- The Bush administration is denying reports that it is ready to offer a trade-off to China in exchange for Beijing's acceptance of the planned U-S missile defense program
  • CHINA / SANCTIONS REACT VOA 06 Sept 2001-- China is lashing out at the United States for imposing sanctions on a Chinese weapons producer
  • RUSSIA / CHINA VOA 06 Sept 2001-- China's prime minister, Zhu Rongji, arrives in Moscow Friday for talks with President Vladimir Putin and other senior leaders. Discussions are expected to focus mostly on economic issues, although U-S plans to build a missile defense system are also likely to come up
  • Rumsfeld Says U.S. Does Not Approve of China's Nuclear Buildup Washington File 05 Sept 2001-- U.S. is not seeking a trade-off with China, he says
  • Text: U.S. to Hold Intensive Discussions with China on Missile Defense Washington File 05 Sept 2001-- In support of President Bush's policy to reduce the level of nuclear weapons in the world and lessen the risk of nuclear war, the United States will hold "intensive discussions" with the Beijing regime in coming weeks, according to a September 4 White House statement.
  • Text: White House Announces Discussions with China on Missile Defense Washington File 04 Sept 2001-- The missile defense program "does not threaten China"
  • BUSH CHINA VOA 02 Sept 2001-- The Bush administration is trying to overcome Chinese opposition to the proposed U-S missile defense program
  • BUSH CHINA VOA 02 Sept 2001-- The White House says China will get an update on U-S plans for a missile defense system before President Bush visits Beijing and Shanghai next month

    August

  • CHINA MISSILES VOA 28 Aug 2001-- A U-S newspaper report says China has stepped up its deployment of missiles that can reach Taiwan, increasing tensions in the region. China's government has not officially responded to the report, but in the past, officials have said China can deploy its forces inside its own borders anyway it sees fit
  • CHINA / U-S MISSILE UPDATE VOA 23 Aug 2001-- Chinese and American officials have finished a day of talks about the spread of missile technology and the launch of commercial satellites
  • CHINA/U-S MISSILE VOA 23 Aug 2001-- Talks are underway in Beijing on U-S allegations that China broke a promise not to share advanced missile technology with other nations. China denies the charge.
  • CHINA MISSILE TALKS VOA 23 Aug 2001-- Chinese and American officials have finished a day of talks about the spread of missile technology and the launch of commercial satellites
  • U-S/CHINA/ARMS VOA 23 Aug 2001-- The State Department says a round of high-level talks in Beijing has not put to rest U-S concerns about whether China is adhering to a pledge not to export missile technology
  • CHINA MISSILE TALKS VOA 22 Aug 2001-- China and the United States are set to hold talks Thursday on American allegations that Beijing broke a promise not to share missile technology with other nations
  • CHINA-TIBET VOA 20 Aug 2001-- Chinese police have expelled hundreds of Tibetan nuns, some monks, and Buddhist scholars from a religious institute in western China
  • CHINA US TALKS VOA 15 Aug 2001-- U-S and Chinese officials are preparing for talks about a series of disputes between the two nations - including allegations that Beijing is sharing nuclear weapons technology with other nations
  • CHINA/MEDIA CRACKDOWN VOA 11 Aug 2001-- China is coming under international criticism for tough new media rules that make it easier for the government to shut down publications whose reporting it considers negative or damaging
  • CHINA / JIANG VOA 10 Aug 2001-- In a rare interview with western journalists this week, China's President Jiang Zemin said he wants better relations with the United States, but showed little flexibility on the many disputes between Washington and Beijing
  • CHINA/BIDEN VOA 09 Aug 2001-- A delegation of U-S Senators continued talks with top Chinese officials in Beijing Thursday, saying the two sides have strong disagreements, and a desire to get U-S-Chinese relations back on track
  • BIDEN-CHINA VOA 08 Aug 2001-- The head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says talks with China's President brought disagreements over allegations Beijing is spreading weapons technology. But Senator Jospeh Biden says the two sides each learned some lessons and will work to resolve their differences
  • BIDEN-CHINA VOA 07 Aug 2001-- The head of the U-S Senate's Foreign Relations Committee says China may have broken promises not to share missile technology with other nations. Senator Joseph Biden says the dispute could hurt China in other important areas of the relationship between Washington and Beijing

    July

  • ON THE LINE: IS CHINA'S FUTURE COMMUNIST VOA 28 Jul 2001-- China is changing but its ultimate direction remains unclear. The Chinese Communist party recently celebrated its eightieth anniversary with the announcement by President Jiang Zemin that private businessmen could now become party members. At the same time, Mr. Jiang warned that China must "resolutely resist the influence of the Western multiparty system." On July 13th, the International Olympic Committee awarded Beijing the 2008 Olympic games, and China is expected to join the World Trade Organization next year. Many hope that both these developments will encourage China to liberalize, but others are skeptical. Meanwhile, President Jiang Zemin has signed a friendship treaty with Russian President Vladimir Putin, aligning the two countries against a "unipolar world." That term is usually taken to refer to the U-S. China has been particularly vocal in denouncing U-S plans to deploy a system of missile defense.
  • CHINA / POWELL VISIT VOA 28 Jul 2001-- China says it has fully abided by an agreement with the United States not to help other countries develop nuclear-capable missiles
  • POWELL / CHINA TRIAL VOA 24 Jul 2001-- U-S officials travelling with Secretary of State Colin Powell are reacting with "dismay" to word that Chinese-born scholar Gao Zhan -- a permanent U-S resident -- has been sentenced to ten years imprisonment after being convicted in Beijing of spying for Taiwan
  • Congress - China Trade VOA 19 Jul 2001-- The U-S House of Representatives -- as expected -- has voted to extend normal trade relations to China for another year. By a 169 to 259 vote, the Republican-led House rejected a measure to end normal trade ties with Beijing.
  • U-S-CHINA TRIAL VOA 18 Jul 2001-- The United States is urging China to swiftly resolve the case of Washington-based scholar Gao Zhan a permanent U-S resident who is facing trial in Beijing on charges of spying for Taiwan
  • CHINA RUSSIA TREATY VOA 16 Jul 2001-- Russia and China say they want the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (A-B-M) Treaty to be preserved unchanged so it can serve as the basis of international stability. The statement was part of a joint declaration issued following talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting Chinese President Jiang Zemin
  • CHINA RUSSIA SUMMIT VOA 14 Jul 2001-- Chinese President Jiang Zemin is due in Moscow today (Sunday) for a summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin
  • CHINA / U-S SCHOLARS TRIAL VOA 10 Jul 2001-- China says it will put a U-S citizen on trial on Saturday, on charges of spying for Taiwan
  • BUSH/CHINA VOA 05 Jul 2001-- President Bush has telephoned Chinese President Jiang Zemin, in a sign of easing tensions following the return of a dismantled U-S spy plane that was the focus of a confrontation between the two countries in April. The call came amid new U-S expressions of concern about China's treatment of the Falun Gong religious sect
  • W-T-O / CHINA VOA 04 Jul 2002-- Trade officials say China is much closer to its goal of membership in the World Trade Organization (W-T-O).

    June

    May

  • DOD: Rand report is among many the Pentagon will look at, By David Allen, Stars and Stripes, 17 May 2001 -- A recently released study that calls for focusing U.S. forces in Asia toward the Taiwan Strait is one of many scenarios the Pentagon is considering, a defense official said Tuesday.
  • China / Missile Defense, VOA, 16 May 2001 -- A high level U-S delegation has left China without denting Chinese opposition to the Bush Administration's planned missile defense system. But a senior U-S envoy says talks on the issue were useful, and further discussions are planned.
  • Study: U.S. should shift military focus in Asia closer to potential hot spots , Stars and Stripes, 16 May 2001 -- The United States should shift its military focus in Asia toward the Philippines and other nations closer to potential hot spots such as Taiwan, a Pentagon-sponsored study says. But a senior U-S envoy says talks on the issue were useful, and further discussions are planned.
  • China / missile defense, VOA, 15 May 2001 -- A senior U-S diplomat is wrapping up (has wrapped up / concluded) talks in Beijing with very skeptical Chinese officials about a planned U-S missile defense system.
  • Pentagon Spokesman's Briefing - Pacific Deployment, U.S. Department of Defense, 15 May 2001 -- Q: A Rand report commissioned by the Air Force was released today, making suggestions about U.S. military force posturing and emphasis toward Asia. It suggested that the U.S. ought to be focusing more of its resources on Asia and also suggested that Guam be considered for a buildup of U.S. military strength, as a prepositioning area. To what extent does this report, that was commissioned by one of the services, reflect the thinking of the Pentagon now, as you're going through this review process?
  • China defends practice of intercepting U.S. reconnaissance flights, Stars and Stripes, 12 May 2001 -- China on Thursday defended its policy of having fighter planes intercept U.S. surveillance flights near its coast, saying it had to protect national security.
  • China Willing to Negotiate with US on TMD, NMD, People's Daily, 11 May 2001 -- China is willing to negotiate with the United States on the issue of the Theatre Missile Defence System (TMD) and the National Missile Defence System (NMD), Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Sun Yuxi said in Beijing Thursday at a regular news briefing.
  • U.S. resumes surveillance flights near China, Stars and Stripes, 09 May 2001 -- The U.S. military resumed surveillance flights near China on Monday, sending an Air Force RC-135 aircraft from Okinawa along the northeast coastline. No Chinese fighter jets tried to interfere.
  • Chinese FM Spokesman on US President's Missile Defense Speech, People's Daily, 05 May 2001 -- China warned Thursday that the destruction of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty would spark a new round of arms race, which will be unfavorable to world peace, development and stability.
  • Pentagon / China, VOA, 04 May 2001 -- There are signs of disarray at the Pentagon over this week's contradictory announcements about future military-to-military contacts with China.
  • China fosters Space Co-op, People's Daily, 03 May 2001 -- China has announced it will actively enhance multilateral co-operation in space technology and applications in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Rumsfeld / China, VOA, 03 May 2001 -- The U-S Defense Department is evaluating military contacts with China but has not ordered their total suspension.
  • Pentagon Spokesman's Briefing - EP-3 Status/Chinese Military Contacts, U.S. Department of Defense, 03 May 2001 -- Q: Craig, before we get into whatever the U.S. military-to-military relations are with China at this particular hour - (scattered laughter) - could you fill us in on the EP-3, what's going on?
  • Powell Says U.S. Must Stay Engaged with China, USIS Washington File, 03 May 2001 -- Despite occasional "ups and downs" in its relations with China, Secretary of State Colin Powell says the United States must stay engaged.
  • White House Daily Briefing - Chinese Military Contacts, The White House, Office of the Secretary, 03 May 2001 -- Q: Ari, what was the President's involvement in determining administration policy on military contacts with China, whatever that policy may be?
  • Defense Statement on Military Contacts with China, U.S. Department of Defense, 02 May 2001 -- An internal Department of Defense staff memorandum dated April 30 misinterpreted the position of Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld regarding military-to-military contacts with the People's Republic of China.
  • U-S / China Plane, VOA, 01 May 2001 -- A team of U-S technicians has arrived in southern China, to inspect an American spy plane that collided with a Chinese fighter jet a month ago.

    April

  • White House Daily Briefing - Chinese Developments, The White House, Office of the Secretary, 30 April 2001 -- MR. FLEISCHER: Good afternoon. We have one personnel announcement today. President George W. Bush today announced his intention to nominate Clark Randt Jr. to be Ambassador to the People's Republic of China.
  • Pentagon Spokesman's Briefing - P-3 Incident, U.S. Department of Defense, 26 April 2001 -- Q: Craig, could you bring us up to date on the status of the government's damage assessment of the lost - intelligence lost in the -- (off mike)?
  • Bush-Taiwan, VOA, 25 April 2001 -- President Bush says he is not changing long standing policy approach to China with his assertion in an interview broadcast Wednesday that the United States would do "whatever it took" to help Taiwan defend itself.
  • Bush on One-China Policy, April 25, 2001, The White House, Office of the Secretary, 25 April 2001 -- The United States has an obligation to protect Taiwan from attack by China, and will do so if necessary, President Bush said in a series of interviews with news organizations to mark his 100th day in office, which falls on Sunday, April 29.
  • US-TAIWAN ARMS O'NITE, VOA, 24 April 2001 -- China is protesting the U-S decision (today-- Tuesday) to offer Taiwan advanced destroyers, submarines and aircraft in what would be one of the most ambitious military sales to Taipei in years.
  • State Department Noon Briefing - Taiwan Arms Sales, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 19 April 2001 -- Q: In the Chinese press conference that was held this morning, they said that there could be a devastating effect if the US decided to give Taiwan arms on the range of the Aegis ship, and I am wondering if the US is concerned by this, or do you see this as just rhetoric before an announcement?
  • US / China / Israel, VOA, 17 April 2001 -- The Pentagon has voiced new concern about Israeli arms sales to China.
  • On the Line - The U-S and China, VOA, 14 April 2001 -- A conversation with Douglas Paal, the president of the Asia Pacific Policy Center and William Odom, director of national security studies at the Hudson Institute
  • Defense Department April 13 Special Briefing - Aircraft Collision Crisis, U.S. Department of Defense, 13 April 2001 -- Secretary Rumsfeld's comments on the events surrounding the collision of the U.S. and Chinese aircraft.
  • Bush-China O'nite, VOA, 12 April 2001 -- President Bush says the United States will raise the issue of China's practice of tracking U-S reconnaissance flights when officials from both countries meet next week to discuss the April first mid-air collision between an American surveillance plane and a Chinese fighter jet.
  • Crisis Aftermath, VOA, 12 April 2001 -- The spy plane episode is over, but future clashes between the United States and China in the Pacific can happen again.
  • U.S.-China: End of Standoff Welcomed; Next, 'Learning The Lessons', Foreign Media Reaction Reports, 12 April 2001 -- Foreign press commentary on the end of the recent crisis
  • Defense Secretary Rumsfeld's Letter to Navy EP-3 Crew, U.S. Department of Defense, 12 April 2001 -- Letter from Secretary Runsfeld commending the actions of the Navy Aircrew
  • Bush-China, VOA, 11 April 2001 -- President Bush says he looks forward to welcoming home the 24 crew members of a U-S surveillance plane who have been held in China since April first, when their aircraft made an emergency landing on Hainan Island after colliding with a Chinese fighter jet.
  • China/Sasser, VOA, 11 April 2001 -- The most recent former U-S ambassador to China doubts the 11-day standoff over the crew of a downed Navy surveillance plane has seriously damaged relations between Washington and Beijing.
  • Turn Patriotic Enthusiasm into Strength to Build a Powerful Nation: Commentary, People's Daily, 11 April 2001 -- The People's Daily publishes a commentary Thursday on the US government's letter expressing that the US side is "very sorry" about that the Chinese pilot is missing and "very sorry" about that the US surveillance plane entered China's territory without approval on April 1.
  • FM Spokesman on Letter From U.S. Saying "Very Sorry", People's Daily, 11 April 2001 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Sun Yuxi Wednesday evening answered questions on the letter from the U.S. government to Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan saying "very sorry" for the plane collision incident.
  • Spokesperson on the Letter from the US Government Saying "Very Sorry" to the Chinese People (Q&A), People's Daily, 11 April 2001 -- Chinese government comments on the crisis
  • Pentagon Briefing on Departure of Air Crew from China, U.S. Department of Defense, 11 April 2001 -- Acting Pentagon Spokesman Craig Quigley briefed late April 11 on the departure of the U.S. air crew from Hainan Island headed for Guam
  • U-S / China / Military, VOA, 10 April 2001 -- While Chinese and U-S diplomats work to resolve the dispute over the U-S spyplane and crew being held on Hainan island, Chinese military leaders appear to be taking a harder line.
  • U.S.-China Standoff: Has It Moved From 'Incident' To 'Real Crisis'?, Foreign Media Reaction Reports, 10 April 2001 -- Foreign media commentary on the progress of the standoff between the U.S. and China over the midair collision.
  • Legal Principle Allows of No Hegemonism: Army Daily, People's Daily, 10 April 2001 -- "After a US military reconnaissance airplane rammed and damaged a Chinese military plane and illegally intruded into China's territorial airspace and landed in Chinese territory, the US government and military officers not only ignored China's solemn and just demands, but instead resorted to sophistry and raised unreasonable demands. US hegemonic behavior has aroused the vehement indignation of the Chinese people, and has been universally condemned by international opinion."
  • Pentagon Spokesman's Briefing - Aircraft Collision Crisis, U.S. Department of Defense, 10 April 2001 -- Q: Why was the EP-3 on autopilot before the crash happened with the Chinese fighter jet? And how close did the jet, on the first two passes, actually come to the EP-3? And did it, in fact, hit the propeller?
  • State Department Noon Briefing - Aircraft Collision Crisis, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 10 April 2001 -- Q: Can you tell us exactly what is going on with Jesse Jackson and if he spoke to the Secretary, as he says that he has? Or is he rabbiting on about nothing?
  • White House Press Briefing- Aircraft Collision Crisis, The White House, Office of the Secretary, 10 April 2001 -- Q: Ari, what's the significance and does it suggest any change in demeanor, that the President today called what's going on in China a stalemate?
  • US/China, VOA, 08 April 2001 -- President Bush is monitoring developments in China, where 24 Americans continue to be held, eight days after their surveillance plane collided in mid-air with a Chinese fighter jet.
  • U-S China, VOA, 08 April 2001 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says some progress has been made between U-S and Chinese officials on the return of crew members from a U-S surveillance plane that collided with a Chinese jet fighter a week ago.
  • China/U-S Plane, VOA, 08 April 2001 -- Twenty-four Americans are beginning their second week in Chinese custody on as diplomatic haggling continues over when and how to release them.
  • Bush / China, VOA, 06 April 2001 -- President Bush is reporting progress in efforts to end the diplomatic impasse with China and bring home the U-S Navy spy plane and its crewmembers involved in last Sunday's mid-air collision with a Chinese jet.
  • Second Pilot Recalls Collision of US, Chinese Planes, People's Daily, 06 April 2001 -- Wang Wei, the missing pilot who was involved in the collision incident between the US and Chinese military planes, was communicating with his colleague before his F-8 fighter plunged into the sea.
  • Some lawmakers are losing patience with China, People's Daily, 06 April 2001 -- The Chinese government proved to be an enemy of the United States when officials decided to hold a U.S. Navy crew and its spy plane hostage after an emergency landing on Chinese soil, a U.S. Congressman said Thursday.
  • U.S. Reports Some Progress in Its Discussions with China, USIS Washington File, 06 April 2001 -- The United States government said April 6 that it believes it is making progress in its intensive discussions with the government of China on bringing home the 24 crew members of a U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane that made an emergency landing on the Chinese island of Hainan April 1 following an air collision with a Chinese fighter plane.
  • U.S.-China: 'Bush Faces Litmus Test In Spy Plane Crisis', Foreign Media Reaction Reports, 06 April 2001 -- Foreign media commentary on President Bush's handling of the crisis with China
  • State Department Noon Briefing, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 06 April 2001 -- Q: On the photo - the Chinese have given members of the family a photo
  • On-the-Record Briefing by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 06 April 2001 -- "Good morning, everyone. I wanted to say a few words about the situation with respect to our P-3 crew in China. Let me begin by noting that Admiral Prueher has been meeting regularly now with his counterparts in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and there has been movement in the discussions and negotiations, and we are encouraged at this point and those discussions continue with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs."
  • White House Press Briefing, The White House, Office of the Secretary, 06 April 2001 -- MR. FLEISCHER: Between 10:15 a.m. and 10:25 a.m. this morning, the President spoke on the phone with Brigadier General Neal Sealock, who had just returned from a one-hour visit with our servicemen and women in China. The President was very heartened to hear that the spirits of the servicemen and women are high. They are being well taken care of. They are being housed in the officer quarters, where they are staying.
  • Domineering Action and Hegemonic Logic, People's Daily, 05 April 2001 -- On April 1, a US military reconnaissance plane bumped a Chinese military plane over the exclusive economic zone in the coast of China's Hainan Island, and flew into China's territorial airspace and landed in the Lingshui Airport of Hainan without permission. This is a serious incident of violating international law and infringing upon China's sovereignty and territorial airspace.
  • Query and Persuade US: Commentary, People's Daily, 05 April 2001 -- The incident of military friction between the two big countries of China and the United States, which was caused by the collision of their military planes, cannot but have aroused people's concern. What is more, this incident occurred in the transition period when the new US government is determining the framework of its relations with China after its assumption of office and on the eve when the US government made a decision concerning whether it should carry on its arms sales to Taiwan, therefore the case becomes especially sensitive.
  • Commentary: Crisis Benefits None, People's Daily, 05 April 2001 -- Apparently neither Beijing nor Washington wants to see a full-blown crisis over the Sunday collision between Chinese and American military planes over the South China Sea.
  • Pentagon Spokesman's Briefing, U.S. Department of Defense, 05 April 2001 -- Q: Craig, do you know whether the members of the crew of the airplane in Hainan Island have been either questioned or interrogated by the Chinese? And what are the guidelines for those crew members to respond to questions from the Chinese?
  • State Department Noon Briefing, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 05 April 2001 -- Q: Can you say who the Chinese Ambassador met with this morning and if he brought a response to the letter sent to Qian Qichen last night, and what the Secretary has been doing on this issue?
  • White House Press Briefing, The White House, Office of the Secretary, 05 April 2001 -- QUESTION: Ari, what is the evidence that leads U.S. officials to now be encouraged about talks going on with China to resolve this? Or have talks turned cold?
  • Chinese Official Rebuffs US over Air Collision Demand, People's Daily, 04 April 2001 -- China has said that the United States is not entitled to raise any demand on China over the recent mid-air collision incident, attempting to shirk its responsibility
  • US Plane Grossly Violated International Law: Signed Article, People's Daily, 04 April 2001 -- The US surveillance plane that caused the crash of a Chinese military plane in the coastal area off Hainan Province grossly violated international law, according to a signed article Tuesday.
  • State Department Noon Briefing, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 04 April 2001 -- Q: The Secretary Powell says he regrets the loss of life of the Chinese pilot. Is this an attempt to send a gesture of some sort to the Chinese to cool things?
  • Bush-China, VOA, 03 April 2001 -- President Bush is calling on China to immediately release the crew members of a damaged U-S surveillance plane - saying the matter could undermine relations between Washington and Beijing.
  • Powell-China, VOA, 03 April 2001 -- U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell says the crew of the U-S Naval surveillance plane that collided with a Chinese fighter jet is being held in detention and that the incident has already damaged Sino/U-S relations.
  • U-S / China Plane, VOA, 03 April 2001 -- China's President is demanding an end to U-S spy flights near Chinese territory.
  • Pentagon Orders 3 US Warships in South China Sea to Move out, People's Daily, 03 April 2001 -- The United States has ordered three warships in the South China Sea region to move out of the area and proceed on duties as assigned, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday, according to a CCTV report.
  • Hainan Collision: Beijing Demands Apology, Others Demand Diplomacy, Foreign Media Reaction Reports, 03 April 2001 -- Foreign media commentary on events following the collision of a U.S. intelligence aircraft and a Chinese fighter jet.
  • Precedents for Foreign Military Aircraft Landings, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 03 April 2001 -- Q: How has the U.S. handled cases involving foreign military aircraft landing in the U.S., such as MIGs flown by Cuban defectors? Are these circumstances similar? What would our obligations be under international law?
  • Powell April 3 Briefing on U.S.-China Aircraft Accident, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 03 April 2001 -- QUESTION: Have the Chinese explained why they are holding this plane? Why they are holding these people and when they are going to return them?
  • Powell Hopes Meeting Leads to Return of U.S. Plane, Crew, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 03 April 2001 -- QUESTION: Could you give us an update of your understanding of the situation with the plane in China, and also your assessment of the diplomatic damage that it may have done to Sino-American relations?
  • Bush Calls for Prompt Release of U.S. Crew, Return of Plane, The White House, Office of the Secretary, 03 April 2001 -- "Good afternoon. I want to report to the American people, and especially to the families involved, that I've just talked with Brigadier General Sealock, who, earlier today, met with our 24 men and women in China"
  • White House Press Briefing, The White House, Office of the Secretary, 02 April 2001 -- QUESTION: Scott, does the President have a reaction to the fact that the Chinese have apparently boarded the spy plane?
  • State Department Noon Briefing, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 02 April 2001 -- Q: Richard, do you have any confirmation whether Chinese authorities have boarded our plane?
  • U-S Plane China, VOA, 01 April 2001 -- The Bush administration says it expects Beijing to return a Navy surveillance plane that collided with a Chinese jet and made an emergency landing in China.
  • China - U-S Jet , VOA, 01 April 2001 -- China is saying a U-S Navy plane caused a collision with one of its military aircraft off the country's southern coast.
  • Chinese Fighter Aircraft Intercept American Plane, U.S. Department of Defense, 01 April 2001 -- At approximately 8:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Saturday, March 31, (9:15 a.m. Sunday local time in China) in international waters, a U.S. Navy EP-3 maritime patrol aircraft on a routine surveillance mission over the South China Sea, was intercepted by two People's Republic of China fighter aircraft...
  • Navy Admiral Describes Aircraft Incident In South China Sea, U.S. Department of Defense, 01 April 2001 -- A briefing by Admiral Dennis C. Blair, Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command, regarding the collision of a Chinese fighter aircraft with a United States EP-3.

    March

  • President Bush on March 31 U.S.-China Aircraft Accident, The White House, Office of the Secretary, 31 March 2001 -- "Late Saturday night in Washington, Sunday morning in China, a United States naval maritime patrol aircraft on a routine surveillance mission in international airspace over the South China Sea collided with one of two Chinese fighters that were shadowing our plane. Both our aircraft and a Chinese aircraft were damaged in the collision. Our aircraft made an emergency landing at an airfield on China's Hainan Island."
  • Senator Kyl March 30 Remarks on China's Military Policy, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 30 March 2001 -- Mr. KYL. Madam President, I rise today to express concern about the direction of Chinese military policy vis-a-vis the United States.
  • Pacific Chief: China Could Damage Taiwan, but not Hold It , American Forces Press Service, 29 March 2001 -- The security balance across the Taiwan Strait is stable, but China's military buildup threatens to tip the scale, according to the top U.S. military officer in the Pacific.
  • US/China/Taiwan, Voice of America, 22 March 2001 -- Differences over Taiwan are the most sensitive aspect of shaky U-S-Chinese relations, and are (were) a key issue in this week's talks in Washington between President Bush, Secretary of State Colin Powell and visiting Chinese Vice Premier Qian Qichen.
  • China-Taiwan-US, Voice of America, 20 March 2001 -- China's Vice Premier, Qian Qichen, says the United States could play a "significant role" in the peaceful reunification of China and Taiwan.
  • Bush / Asia, Voice of America, 16 March 2001 -- The White House confirmed Friday that President Bush will pay an official visit to China in October in connection with his attendance at the APEC summit of Pacific-rim nations in Shanghai.
  • US/China, Voice of America, 15 March 2001 -- The U-S Defense Department says it is carefully monitoring the build-up of China's missile forces.
  • China U-S Missiles, Voice of America, 15 March 2001 -- The commander of U-S forces in the Pacific says China's apparent new willingness to talk about missile defenses is a good sign for relations between Beijing and Washington.
  • China Missile Defense, Voice of America, 14 March 2001 -- China's top arms-control official says Beijing could face nuclear blackmail if the United States continues work on missile defenses.
  • China / military spending, Voice of America, 14 March 2001 -- China's President Jiang Zemin is urging his armed forces to speed up modernization of their weapons and tactics.
  • China Aegis, Voice of America, 13 March 2001 -- China is warning Washington that proposed arms deals with Taiwan are a serious danger to bilateral relations.
  • China - Political Succession, Voice of America, 12 March 2001 -- As China's parliament meets for its annual session in Beijing (the session began March 5th and will run through March 15th), much of the real political action is taking place behind the scenes.
  • DoD Mulls China Defense Spending Jump, American Forces Press Service, 07 March 2001 -- DoD officials are analyzing reports that the People's Republic of China is increasing military spending this year by almost 18 percent.
  • China Defense Spending - L, Voice of America, 06 March 2001 -- China has announced it is increasing its defense spending by almost 18 percent this year in an effort to modernize its military forces.
  • US / China Defense, Voice of America, 06 March 2001 -- China has announced it is increasing its defense spending by almost 18 percent this year in an effort to modernize its military forces.
  • China-U-S-Taiwan, Voice of America, 06 March 2001 -- China's Foreign Minister is warning Washington not to sell advanced weapons to Taiwan, saying such actions could do serious harm to U-S-Chinese relations. V-O-A's Jim Randle reports from Beijing the Bush administration is said to be considering a long shopping list of military hardware for possible sale to the island.

    February

  • Taiwan Authorities Should Carefully Think Advantages and Disadvantages, People's Daily, 19 February 2001 -- Editorial on Chinese reunification.
  • China May Be Asked To Move Missiles Away From Taiwan Straits, CNA, 17 February 2001 -- One possible goal for United States policymakers is getting Communist China to move away the M9 and M11 missiles that are aimed at Taiwan, reported an influential American newspaper Saturday.
  • China / NMD , Voice of America, 15 February 2001 -- China's government says it is willing to talk to Washington about missile defenses, but won't change its strong objections to the proposed American plans to build a shield against warheads.
  • Interview of Secretary of State Colin L. Powell by Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts of ABC'S "This Week", U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 06 February 2001 -- MR. DONALDSON: All right. China has just taken possession of two Russian destroyers that are meant to hunt and kill aircraft carriers. It has four more destroyers on order that will be there. What is China up to?
  • State Department Noon Briefing - Chinese Missiles, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 05 February 2001 -- Q: Do you want to tackle the - (inaudible) - the Pentagon has at least half the place to go. The Washington Times account that the Chinese are deploying more and more short-range missiles, threatening Taiwan. And I guess here would be the issue of Russia providing China with more technology, dangerous technology.
  • Fengyun 3 Satellite to Be Launched in 2005, People's Daily, 02 February 2001 -- The Shanghai Space Bureau is about to start research and development of the new Fengyun 3 satellite that will be made with advanced 21st century techniques, according to Beijing Review.

    January

  • US/China, Voice of America, 24 January 2001 -- After only four days in office, the Bush Administration has already held a high level discussion with China on a range of issues, including human rights and President Bush's intention to pursue a national missile defense shield.
  • State Department Noon Briefing - China, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 24 January 2001 -- Q: And China? Did the Secretary have a meeting this morning with the Chinese Ambassador?
  • Mainland China Building Advanced Missile Base In Fujian: MND, CNA, 18 January 2001 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed a U.S. intelligence report Thursday that mainland China is constructing an advanced long-range missile base in Zhangzhou, Fujian province, which lies opposite Taiwan.
  • Orbital Module of Shenzhou II Operates Smoothly, People's Daily, 17 January 2001 -- The orbital module of Shenzhou II, China's second unmanned space shuttle launched on January 10, is operating normally in space following the successful return of the descent module of the spacecraft Tuesday.
  • China/Space, Voice of America, 16 January 2001 -- Chinese officials say they took a major step closer to sending people into space Tuesday with the successful test of a large spacecraft that circled the earth 108 times and landed safely.
  • China Missile, Voice of America, 12 January 2001 -- China's government is strongly objecting to U-S plans to build a defense against ballistic missiles.
  • China Launches Second Unmanned Spacecraft, People's Daily, 10 January 2001 -- China launched an unmanned spacecraft, "Shenzhou II", early Wednesday morning from Jiuquan Satellite Launching Center of Gansu Province, and ten minutes after blast-off, the spaceship entered its preset orbit.
  • China to Launch APSTAR V in 2003, People's Daily, 08 January 2001 -- The China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) will launch APSTAR V, a high-power satellite to be made by the US-based Space Systems/Loral Inc., in February 2003.
  • Taiwan - China, Voice of America, 05 January 2001 -- Unofficial talks got underway between China and opposition lawmakers from Taiwan Friday in Beijing on expanding transport and communication links.
  • State Department Noon Briefing - China/Taiwan Relations, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 05 January 2001 -- Q: New subject? China, Taiwan. The piece in The Post this morning. Were you surprised, gratified, by the remarks of the Chinese Foreign Minister?
  • Taiwan / Chinese React, Voice of America, 03 January 2001 -- China's official media is giving a noticeably muted reaction to Taiwan's ending a longstanding ban on direct travel to the Mainland.



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