Archived News Articles: NMD and Foreign Policy
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
"... 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
"...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
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
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
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 washingtonpost.com 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
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
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
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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