Archived News Articles: NMD and Foreign Policy
5/21/2001 from AP:
Aussie Urges End to U.S. Alliance
Monday May 21 7:19 AM ET
"CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - A former prime minister is
urging Australia to abandon its military alliance with
the United States - the cornerstone of its security
policy for half a century - and beef up its own armed
Australia's U.S. alliance has gone unchallenged by its
main political parties. Fraser's comments put him at
odds with his own policy as prime minister and with that
of the current government of Prime Minister John Howard.
Fraser has also criticized Howard's support of the
United States' proposed nuclear missile shield. "
5/21/2001 from AP and Reuters:
Schroeder, Bush Oppose Aid to Russia Now -Magazine
Saturday May 19 12:39 PM ET
By Erik Kirschbaum
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder
and President Bush agreed to withhold financial aid from
Russia as long as vast sums continue to flow out of the
country, two German magazines reported on Saturday. ...
U.S., Russia Stop Checking a Treaty
Monday May 21 2:10 PM ET
By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Writer
MOSCOW (AP) - Officials from the United States, Russia
and three other former Soviet republics Monday marked
the end of 13 years of monitoring under a landmark
U.S.-Soviet disarmament treaty that eliminated an entire
class of nuclear missiles. ...
5/21/2001 From The New York Times:
Kazakhs Take Strong Issue With Bush's Missile Project
May 21, 2001
By JUDITH MILLER
ASTANA, Kazakhstan, May 18 - The president of this
Western-leaning, oil-rich country has warned that the
Bush administration's determination to erect a broad
array of missile defenses and to abandon a major arms
control treaty threatens to ignite a deadly new arms
Mr. Nazarbayev ... contended that the United States was
miscalculating by pursuing a nuclear shield because "it
perceives that Russia is weak and China is also unable
to respond." The Soviet Union was also weak after World
War II, "but it recovered and challenged the United
States in a fierce arms race," he said. "Russia's
weakness is not a permanent condition. And China, too,
will respond to unilateral American steps." ...
5/23/2001 from the LA Times:
Doubts Trail 'Son of Star Wars' Proposal
Military: The cost and architecture of a defense shield
Wednesday, May 23, 2001
By PETER PAE, Times Staff Writer
5/26/2001 from SpaceDaily: from spacewar - a little
Taiwan To Test Home Grown Missile Shield
Taipei (AFP) April 17, 2001
Taiwan plans to test a locally developed anti-missile
system later this month as part of its persistent
efforts to boost defense capabilities against arch foe
China, it was reported Tuesday. ...
Senate Democrat promises review of Bush's anti-missile program
WASHINGTON (AFP) May 25, 2001
Senate Democrat Carl Levin who is to take over the
chairmanship of the chamber's influential Armed Services
Committee, Friday said President George W. Bush's
unilateral approach to national missile defense program
would be rethought. ...
5/26/2001 op/ed by Robert Novak: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/iprn/20010525/cm/blame_it_on_trent_1.html
Blame it on Trent
By Robert Novak
Saturday May 26 01:00 AM EDT
"...Pentagon Civil War
Conflict between Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and
holdover generals from the Clinton administration came
to light when Republican Sen. Bob Smith of New Hampshire
temporarily blocked Senate confirmation of Air Force
Brig. Gen. Michael Hamel's promotion.
Smith's action broke with the long-standing Republican
practice of not interfering with military promotions. He
was enraged that Hamel, director of Air Force space
operations, is obstructing progress on missile defense.
Hamel served as a military assistant to Vice President
Al Gore and worked closely with Gore national security
adviser Leon Fuerth, a longtime foe of missile defense.
Hamel is only one of several generals who are
confronting Rumsfeld on missile defense and other
5/26/2001 from CNN:
Jiang on Bush: 'Confused and unprincipled'
By Willy Lam
CNN Senior China Analyst
May 24, 2001 Posted: 9:47 AM EDT (1347 GMT)
(CNN) -- President Jiang Zemin has come up with a
12-character assessment of his U.S. counterpart George
W. Bush: "logically unsound; confused and unprincipled;
unwise to the extreme."
Despite his relatively low assessment of the U.S.
leader, however, Jiang said China must continue to do
business with the Bush administration and to work for
better ties. ...
Beijing is hoping the U.S. corporate community will then
put pressure on the White House to improve ties with
Jiang has also indicated he is ready to revise his
so-called great power diplomacy.
In his discussions with former president Bill Clinton,
Jiang strongly hinted that in return for Washington's
"help" with Taiwan and other issues important to
Beijing, the Chinese would agree to a U.S.- dominated
But during a special meeting earlier this month, Jiang
and his aides say Beijing is aiming to build a
multi-polar world order by boosting ties with countries
and blocs including Russia, the EU, Pakistan, Iran,
Japan and developing countries. ...
If Jiang fails to get anything substantial from his
summit with Bush this October, he might have no choice
but to significantly harden his policy toward the U.S.
5/26/2001 from The New York Times:
The Week in Review: May 13-19
"... Pacifying the Pacific
Under Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, the Pacific
is now the key arena for military planning. A Pentagon
review being drafted by a top Rumsfeld aide asserts that
Beijing's strategy is to keep American forces far from
the mainland in a conflict and so is improving its
ability to attack American aircraft carriers and bases
in Japan with surface-to-surface missiles. The review
suggests that the Pentagon counter by developing
longer-range arms. But key U.S. military officers in the
Pacific believe the review overstates Chinese
capabilities, underplays U.S. relations with allies and
exaggerates the promise of new arms.
Michael R. Gordon ..."
5/26/2001 from The Seattle Times:
Senate chairmen likely to undercut Bush's platform
By Ron Hutcheson and James Kuhnhenn
Knight Ridder Newspapers
WASHINGTON - As President Bush and his fellow
Republicans adjust to the power shift in the Senate,
brought about by Vermont Sen. James Jeffords' defection
from the party, their hardest challenge may come from a
new lineup of politically hostile Democratic committee
The president's plan for a national ballistic-missile
defense system, already a tough sell on Capitol Hill,
probably will be a dead issue when hawk Sen. John
Warner, R-Va., cedes power at the Armed Services
Committee to Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. Levin, one of the
most vocal Senate critics of a missile-defense program,
contends it would "risk a second Cold War" and lead to
an arms race with China. ...
5/26/2001 from AP:
U.S. Urged to Intervene in Mideast
By TAREK AL-ISSAWI, Associated Press Writer
Updated: Sat, May 26 9:27 PM EDT
DOHA, Qatar (AP) - The Organization of the Islamic
Conference ended an emergency meeting Saturday with a
call for the United States to intervene immediately to
"stop the Israeli aggression" against the Palestinians.
5/28/2001 from Reuters: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010528/pl/arms_usa_missile_dc_2.html
Democratic Senator Questions Missile Defense Plan
Monday May 28 11:44 AM ET
VILNIUS, Lithuania (Reuters) - Illinois Democratic Sen.
Richard Durbin told reporters in Lithuania on Monday
that many in Congress questioned President Bush's plans
for a missile defense system, which is opposed by China,
Russia and some allies in Europe. ...
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