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4/5/2001  from The New York Times:
                        April 5, 2001 CAPITOL HILL
                        Anti-China Coalition in Congress Is Emboldened
                        By ALISON MITCHELL
                        "WASHINGTON, April 4 With the standoff between China
                        and the United States showing no sign of being resolved,
                        members of Congress expressed growing sentiment today
                        for selling advanced weapons to Taiwan. And an
                        emboldened anti-China coalition began talking about the
                        more remote possibility of denying China normal trade
                        relations. ...
                        "...  proponents of giving Taiwan the most advanced
                        weapons said the standoff strengthened their case. "This
                        incident is cementing support behind providing Taiwan
                        the weapons it needs," said Representative Dana
                        Rohrabacher, a California Republican who is one of
                        China's most outspoken critics in the House. "It also
                        opens the door for the United States' providing weapons
                        to countries like the Philippines who may also be
                        threatened by Communist China."
                        On Tuesday, more than 80 members of Congress, two-thirds
                        of them Republicans, wrote to Mr. Bush to give strong
                        support to Taiwan's request for a package of advanced
                        weapons including the Aegis system. The lawmakers began
                        circulating the letter several weeks ago and made no
                        mention of the collision between the American EP-3E and
                        a Chinese fighter. ..."

4/5/2001  from AP

                        Northeast Asia Uncertain on Bush            
                        Updated 1:43 AM ET April 2, 2001
                        By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press Writer
                        "SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Just over two months into the
                        Bush administration, a perception that U.S. foreign
                        policy is turning hard-line is perturbing a few allies
                        and rattling former Cold War adversaries in Northeast
                        Asia. ...
                        "...In a recent interview with The Washington Post,
                        Chinese President Jiang Zemin said Washington and
                        Beijing should "seek areas where joint cooperation is
                        But he warned: "The more weapons you sell (to Taiwan),
                        the more we will prepare ourselves in terms of national
                        defense. This is logical."
                        Chosun Ilbo, South Korea's largest newspaper, predicted
                        in an editorial that the focus of U.S. military strategy
                        will shift to Asia because "the new administration sees
                        China as the greatest enemy." ..."

4/6/2001  from Radio Free Europe:
                        Russia: Moscow Takes Dim View Of U.S. Security Policy
                        By Ahto Lobjakas
                        "Brussels. 6 April 2001 (RFE/RL) -- The Carnegie
                        Foundation's Alexander Pikayev says the Russian
                        government grossly misjudged the intentions of the new
                        U.S. administration of President George W. Bush. ...
                        Pikayev says U.S. moves like the decisions to proceed
                        with NMD and pull out of its Kyoto Protocol commitments
                        to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions indicate that the
                        Bush administration is embarking on a course he calls
                        "unilateralist" and "unpredictable." This, he adds,
                        bodes ill for bilateral U.S.-Russian relations as well
                        as for U.S. global relations overall. ..."

4/6/2001  from Radio Free Europe:
                        EU: Powell Meets Today With Senior Delegation
                        By Andrew F. Tully
                        "...Washington, 6 March 2001 (RFE/RL) -- U.S. Secretary
                        of State Colin Powell meets in Washington today with a
                        high-ranking delegation from the European Union (EU).
                        They are expected to discuss the Balkans, the Middle
                        East peace process, a European defense force, and U.S.
                        plans to deploy a missile-defense system.
                        The delegation is led by Foreign Minister Anna Lindh of
                        Sweden, which now holds the EU's rotating presidency.
                        Also in Washington are Javier Solana, secretary-general
                        of the EU Council who directs foreign policy, as well as
                        European Commissioner Christopher Patten. They are in
                        the U.S. for the semi-annual U.S.-EU meeting of foreign
                        ministers. ..."

4/6/2001  from The New York Times:
                        April 6, 2001 
                        Russia Looks for New Roles in Diplomacy and Trade
                        By PATRICK E. TYLER
                        "MOSCOW, April 5 As the Bush administration continues
                        to review its foreign policy and has turned its
                        attention this week to a crisis with China, Russian
                        President Vladimir V. Putin is doing what he can to move
                        into the areas where Washington appears to have
                        disengaged, Russian officials say. ...
                        Kremlin officials say Mr. Putin is not only seeking a
                        stronger role for Russia in Western affairs, but also a
                        hedge against any Bush administration attempt to exclude
                        Russia from security decisions that affect Russia's
                        interests like NATO expansion and missile defenses.
                        Russia announced today that it has opened discussions
                        with the European Union to cooperate with the
                        independent European defense force being formed outside
                        of NATO. ...
                        What initially sent Mr. Putin into motion last June was
                        the prospect of a decision by President Bill Clinton on
                        whether to start building a national missile defense
                        system in violation of a 1972 treaty banning such
                        systems. That decision was deferred after Mr. Putin
                        helped to galvanize opposition. ..."

4/10/2001  from International Herald Tribune:
                              Spying From Space: U.S. to Sharpen the Focus
                              Joseph Fitchett International Herald Tribune
                              Tuesday, April 10, 2001
                        "...the next generation of spy satellites that are now
                        being built ... would be able to track objects as small
                        as a baseball anywhere, anytime on the planet..."


                        Wednesday April 11 2:15 PM ET
                        Russia: Ban Space-Based Weapons
                        By JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press Writer
                        MOSCOW (AP).....
                        The conference, with participants from 104 countries,
                        appears to be a major attempt by Russia to take the lead
                        on space and security issues even as its space program
                        scrambles for money and the United States appears
                        increasingly eager to build its missile defense. ...
                        The United States was one of three countries that
                        abstained from a United Nations resolution on preventing
                        an arms race in space, which was approved by 160 other
                        countries. ...
                        The conference is being held under the U.N. aegis and
                        includes many government delegations. The United States
                        did not send official representatives, but American
                        business leaders and academics attended. ...

4/11/2001  from and Inside China Today
                        U.S. Missile Defense Plans Attacked by Russia, China and North Korea                          
                        By Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press Writer
                        Wednesday, April 11, 2001; 2:57 AM
                        UNITED NATIONS Russia, China and North Korea attacked
                        U.S. intentions to build a national missile defense
                        system, warning that it would threaten international
                        security and trigger a new arms race.
                        The three countries said in separate speeches to the
                        U.N. Disarmament Commission that a U.S. missile defense
                        system would also undermine the 1972 Anti-Ballistic
                        Missile Treaty, which bans such systems. ...
                        Russia, China, North Korea Slam U.S. on Missile Shield
                        UNITED NATIONS, Apr 11, 2001 -- (Reuters) Russia, China
                        and North Korea warned the United States on Tuesday that
                        its plans to deploy a national missile shield threatened
                        world security and could set off a new arms race. ...

4/12/2001  From MSNBC and AP:
                        Bush: U.S. not at fault in collision
                        He contradicts Chinese account as spy plane's crew returns         
                        WASHINGTON, April 12 Welcoming home the crew of a U.S.
                        spy plane, President Bush on Thursday insisted that the
                        Navy aircraft did "nothing to cause the accident" that
                        strained U.S. relations with China. Meanwhile, in the
                        first public account of the accident, the surveillance
                        plane's pilot told his mother that he needed "every bit
                        of strength" he had to gain control of the aircraft
                        after the collision with a Chinese jet fighter. ...

                        U.S. Crew Disputes Chinese Account
                        April 12, 2001      Updated 5:42 PM ET
                    By BARRY SCHWEID, AP Diplomatic Writer
                        WASHINGTON (AP) - Navy crew members returning Thursday
                        from 11 days of detention disputed China's account of
                        the collision that brought down their surveillance
                        plane. President Bush said "tough questions" would be
                        put to China at an inquiry next week. His tone stern,
                        Bush said at the White House, "The kind of incident we
                        have just been through does not advance a constructive
                        relationship between our countries."  ...
                        But after crew members told debriefers they were on a
                        "fixed course" and had not swerved into the Chinese jet
                        fighter, as Beijing contended, Bush stood in the Rose
                        Garden and let loose, castigating not only the detention
                        of the 21 men and three women, but China's record on
                        human rights, religious freedom and stability in the
                        Asia-Pacific region. ...

4/12/2001  from The Canadian Press and AP
                        Experts gather in Russia to push for cosmic peace,
                        prevent arms race in space

                        FRED WEIR
                        MOSCOW (CP) - Russia is marking the 40th anniversary of
                        Yuri Gagarin's historic first manned space flight
                        Thursday with a government-sponsored international
                        conference to warn against the dangers of planting
                        armaments in space.
                        "All countries are increasingly reliant on outer space,"
                        says Scott Proudfoot, deputy director of the arms
                        control division of Canada's Foreign Affairs Department,
                        and one of three official Canadian delegates to the
                        meeting. "We need to prevent an arms race in space
                        before one begins."  ...
                        "We are duty-bound to keep peace in outer space,"
                        Russian deputy prime minister Ilya Klebanov told the
                        meeting. "Space should be free from weapons."
                        The United States and Britain both declined to send
                        official delegations, though dozens of other governments
                        were represented at the conference. United Nations
                        Secretary-General Kofi Annan sent a warm greeting.
                        "We are here in listening mode," said Proudfoot. "This
                        is not a negotiating forum, but we want to hear other
                        opinions. The idea is prevention."  "Canada would
                        support the establishment of an international convention
                        on interdicting the placement of weapons in orbit," he
                        added. ....

4/13/2001  from MSNBC:
                        Bush abandons diplomatic tone
                        WASHINGTON, April 12    With the crew of a U.S. spy
                        plane safely home, President Bush dropped all diplomatic
                        talk Thursday and bluntly rejected China's claim that
                        the U.S. plane was responsible for a midair collision
                        that strained U.S. relations with Beijing. Meanwhile,
                        NBC News has learned that the United States plans to
                        resume surveillance flights near China's coast, this
                        time using much more advanced U-2 spy planes that fly
                        too high for any Chinese plane to reach.

4/17/2001  from The Washington Post Company:
                        Star Wars Lives . .
                        Once the ABM deal is killed.

                        By Jackson Diehl
                        Monday, April 16, 2001; Page A17
                        ... "The number one priority," says Baker Spring,
                        Heritage's missile defense maven, "is to abandon the ABM
                        treaty -- the sooner the better."

4/20/2001  from SpaceDaily
                        Russia Working On Response To US Over Missile Plans
                        Moscow (Interfax) April 13, 2001

4/20/2001  from the Rocky Mountain Collegian via U-WIRE
                        COLUMN: The need for a 'rogue state'        
                        Updated 12:00 PM ET April 19, 2001
                        By Dag Mossige
                        Rocky Mountain Collegian
                        Colorado State U.
                        (U-WIRE) FORT COLLINS, Colo.     
4/20/2001  from the NY Times:

4/21/2001  from Reuters
                        Pentagon Panel Urging Expanded Missile Defense Program    
                        Saturday, April 21, 2001
                        WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Pentagon panel has issued a
                        report recommending that the Bush administration expand
                        a planned U.S. missile defense program to include sea-
                        and space-based weapons, a defense official said on
                        Saturday. ...

4/23/2001  from The Salt Lake Tribune:
                        Star Wars Fraud
                        Monday, April 23, 2001
                        by STANLEY HOLMES

4/25/2001  from Reuters:
                        Bush Treks Rocky Road on Foreign Policy
                        By Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent
                        Wednesday April 25 5:45 PM ET

                        WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As he prepared to mark his first
                        100 days in office, George Bush delivered on Wednesday a
                        new blow to U.S. relations with China, underscoring
                        national security as one area in which the new
                        Republican president seems determined to set a new tone,
                        if not a new path. ...
                        On Wednesday, Bush fueled a new controversy when he told
                        ABC Television the United States would do ``whatever it
                        took to help Taiwan defend itself.'' ...

4/25/2001  from AP:
                        NKorea Angered by U.S. Stance
                        Updated 2:51 PM ET April 24, 2001
                        SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea's military warned
                        Tuesday that Washington's tougher policy on the
                        reclusive communist state could escalate tensions on the
                        divided Korean peninsula. ...
                        The United States' "reckless provocations and aggressive
                        moves" threaten to bring "confrontation and tension"
                        back to the peninsula, Kim Yong Chun, chief of the KPA
                        General Staff, said in a report at the meeting. "If the
                        imperialists force a war upon us despite our serious
                        warnings, our army and people will deal an annihilating
                        blow of retaliation," he said in remarks carried by the
                        official Korean Central News Agency, monitored in Seoul. ...
                        About 37,000 U.S. troops are still stationed in South
                        Korea under a defense treaty.

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