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May 2003 - China Special Weapons News

  • Russia-China joint declaration refers to Korean issue KCNA 31 May 2003 -- President V. V. Putin and Chinese President Hu Jintao signed a Russia-China joint declaration in Moscow on May 27, according to Itar-Tass.
  • No military scenario acceptable KCNA 30 May 2003 -- A spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on May 23 stated that the stand of Russia and China is that they can not accept any military scenario for the solution of the issue on the Korean Peninsula, according to Itar-Tass.
  • CHINA/G-8VOA 30 May 2003 -- China's president, Hun Jintao, is scheduled to attend a conference Saturday connected to the G-8 meeting in Evian, France.
  • CHINA - RUSSIA / XINJIANG VOA 29 May 2003 -- China, Russia, and four Central Asian nations have ended a two-day summit in Moscow, pledging to strengthen their cooperation in combating terrorism, separatism, and extremism. The group, called the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, decided to set up a regional anti-terrorist center in the Kyrgyz capital. Some observers say that for China, the Central Asian group is a way to coordinate efforts to stop separatist activity in its western region of Xinjiang.
  • CHINA DISSIDENTS VOA 29 May 2003 -- Relatives of some of the people killed in1989's Tiananmen protests are calling for China's new leadership to re-think the government's harsh judgment on the pro-democracy movement. But China's government says it is not changing.
  • RUSSIA-CHINA VOA 27 May 2003 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Hu Jintao are calling for the interests of other nations to be taken into account during Iraq's post-war reconstruction. The two leaders issued the appeal after wide-ranging talks at the Kremlin that also sought to expand long-standing Sino-Russian ties.
  • CHINA / ARRESTS VOA 27 May 2003 -- China has detained an American and New Zealander for plotting violent terrorist activities.
  • RUSSIA-CHINA VOA 27 May 2003 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Hu Jintao are urging that the interests of other nations be taken into account during Iraq's post-war reconstruction. The two leaders issued the appeal following bilateral talks at the Kremlin.
  • RUSSIA / CHINA VOA 26 May 2003 -- Chinese President Hu Jintao has arrived in Russia on his first foreign trip since he became president in March. Mr. Hu will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other top officials at the start of an extended trip.
  • Russia: Chinese President Looking To Solidify Ties With Moscow, Central Asia RFE/L 26 May 2003 -- Chinese President Hu Jintao today begins a six-day visit to Russia. After talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other top officials in Moscow, Hu will attend a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Council and then travel to St. Petersburg for festivities marking the 300th anniversary of Russia's former imperial capital.
  • CHINA/TIBET VOA 26 May 2003 -- Two envoys of the Dalai Lama are headed for China to expand contacts between Beijing and the Tibetan government-in-exile. They hope to make some progress in resolving the half-century-long dispute over how Tibet should be ruled.
  • BEIJING / SARS VOA 24 May 2003 -- Officials in Beijing have expressed hope that Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome is almost beaten. But Chinese authorities are not letting down their guard against a disease that has already killed 160 people in the capital city.
  • U-S/ CHINA/ MILITARY VOA 23 May 2003 -- A U-S task force says Friday that China's military capabilities are steadily on the rise, but remain decades behind the United States.
  • U-S-CHINA-IRAN VOA 23 May 2003 -- The United States has imposed economic sanctions against a major Chinese manufacturing company for allegedly selling missile-related goods to Iran. China denies the company, North China Industries or Norinco, had been aiding the Iranian missile program.
  • Text: U.S. Sanctions Chinese Firm For Sale of Missile Technology Washington File 23 May 2003 -- The State Department has imposed a two-year ban on U.S. imports from North China Industries Corporation (NORINCO) because the Chinese firm engaged in proliferation activities, according to a notice in the May 23 Federal Register.
  • CHINA DRUG ARREST VOA 23 May 2003 -- Police in China and the United States say the drug ring they recently broke up was moving 100-million dollars worth of illegal drugs into the United States over the past three years.
  • CHINA NK SENTENCES VOA 22 May 2003 -- A Chinese court has sentenced five people to up to five years in prison for trying to smuggle North Korean refugees out of China last January. One of the accused is a South Korean photographer.
  • HU - BUSH VOA 21 May 2003 -- Chinese President Hu Jintao next week kicks off an international tour that will include talks with President Bush over economic and strategic issues. In his overseas first trip since taking office, Mr. Hu also will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • IMPACT OF SARS ON CHINA VOA 19 May 2003 -- Thousands in China have been infected with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS. Hundreds have died. This new infectious, flu-like disease first emerged in the Guangdong province of Southern China last November. For months, provincial and national officials denied the existence of the epidemic. They banned local media from reporting on the growing death toll. But as the disease spread, China could no longer keep the outbreak a secret. On April 17, Chinese president Hu Jintao told his government to end its cover up. But the long period of lying allowed SARS to spread far and wide in China. How is SARS affecting Chinese society, its economy and the grip of the ruling communist party? What has been its impact on the rest of Asia?
  • CHINA NORTH KOREA VOA 15 May 2003 -- China is welcoming renewed U-S and South Korean commitments to peacefully end the North Korean nuclear crisis. Beijing says it is working to help defuse the dispute.
  • CHINA SARS VOA 15 May 2003 -- China says it will shoot or jail people who break out of quarantine and intentionally spread the deadly SARS virus. The stern warning comes as the government also promises to rebuild its creaking rural health care system.
  • CHINA/W-H-O SARS VOA 13 May 2003 -- World Health Organization officials are expressing cautious optimism about the fight against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in China. They are still worried that the mysterious disease could flare out of control in the vulnerable countryside.
  • CHINA/MIDDLE EAST VOA 13 May 2003 -- China's Foreign Ministry says it will send a special envoy to the Middle East, to help international efforts to build peace.
  • ACCUSED CHINESE SPY VOA 12 May 2003 -- In Los Angeles, an accused Chinese spy and a retired government agent who was allegedly her lover have pleaded not guilty to national security violations. Authorities say the woman was a double agent for China.
  • SARS / CHINA VOA 11 May 2003-- The SARS epidemic has already claimed hundreds of lives in China and continues to infect more victims there. As the Chinese government works to stem the spread of the disease, a debate is emerging over what long-term effect SARS will have on China's future
  • Expert Commission Links Spread of SARS, China's Legal System Washington File 09 May 2003 -- The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) issued a report May 7 stating that Chinese government control of the means of publication and the lack of clear legal boundaries for free expression in China have inadvertently aided the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) by impeding the free flow of information in the country.
  • U.S., China to Increase Collaboration on Infectious Diseases Washington File 07 May 2003 -- Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tommy Thompson announced May 6 an agreement with China's Vice Premier and Health Minister Wu Yi to increase collaboration between the two nations to detect and manage infectious diseases, according to a news release from the HHS.
  • Kim Jong Il sends message of condolence to Chinese party and state leaders KCNA 06 May 2003 -- General Secretary Kim Jong Il Sunday sent a message of condolence to Hu Jin Tao, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and President of the People's Republic of China, and Jiang Zemin, Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the PRC.
  • CHINA SUBMARINE VOA 02 May 2003 -- Chinese state media say at least 70 sailors have been killed in an accident on board a submarine.
  • CHINA / KOREAS VOA 02 May 2003-- China and South Korea have pledged to cooperate in negotiating an end to North Korean's nuclear weapons ambitions
  • Number of new SARS cases in China continues to climb, UN health agency says UN News Centre 01 May 2003 -- The number of new cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in China continues to climb steadily, particularly in Beijing, with 187 new cases and 11 deaths, more than half of which were in the capital, the United Nations World Health Organization said today.
  • "Clarity Called for in Our China Policy," by Congressman Elton Gallegly Washington File 01 May 2003 -- This column by Congressman Elton Gallegly (Republican-California) first appeared in The Washington Times, May 1, 2003 and is in the public domain.
  • CHINA / NORTH KOREA VOA 01 May 2003 -- China, which hosted the recent meeting on North Korea's nuclear-weapons program, is increasingly acting as a diplomatic mediator between the United States and North Korea. Analysts say Beijing is playing an active role because it has a strong interest in preventing the stalemate from escalating and causing insecurity inside China.

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