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Democracy/Human Rights
Falun Gong
Falun Gong practicioners meditate outside the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., in support of human rights. (The Post)
Sect Leader Blamed for Deaths
Friday, July 30, 1999; Page A23
China's Ministry of Public Security accused Li Hongzhi, the New York-based leader of the banned spiritual sect Falun Gong, of causing the deaths of at least 743 of his followers and issued an international appeal for his immediate arrest.

China Outlaws Nonconformist Spiritual Sect
Friday, July 23, 1999; Page A01
China outlawed a Buddhist-based spiritual movement that has millions of members throughout the country, accusing its exiled founder of plotting against the ruling Communist Party and inciting his followers to confront the government in a series of protests.

Eyewitness Account of the Tiananmen Massacre Exclusive
Friday, June 4, 1999

Tiananmen Reflections Held Mostly in Private
Friday, June 4, 1999; Page A27
Ten years after China's military opened fire on pro-democracy demonstrators near Tiananmen Square, parents, protesters and ordinary citizens held private vigils to mourn those who were killed.

U.S. to Renew Human Rights Criticism of China
Saturday, March 27, 1999; Page A07
The Clinton administration announced it will formally criticize China's human rights record before the United Nations Human Rights Commission for measures against political activists that have created what officials called a "sharply" deteriorated rights situation over the last year.

Chinese Sentenced In Internet Case
Thursday, January 21, 1999; Page A19
China appeared to move another step closer to a full-scale political crackdown when its state-run press published tough new rules threatening film directors, singers and computer software developers with life in prison if they attempt to "overthrow state power" or "endanger national security."

China Tightens Reins on Dissent
Thursday, December 24, 1998; Page A01
China appeared to move another step closer to a full-scale political crackdown when its state-run press published tough new rules threatening film directors, singers and computer software developers with life in prison if they attempt to "overthrow state power" or "endanger national security."

China Says Dissident Is 'Security' Suspect
Thursday, December 3, 1998; Page A36
China's Foreign Ministry said that detained democracy campaigner Xu Wenli is suspected of having "harmed national security," indicating that the ruling Communist Party may be planning to prosecute Xu as a warning to other would-be leaders of the opposition China Democratic Party.

Chinese Dissident Forges Own Path
Tuesday, July 28, 1998; Page A11
Xu Wenli is trying to do what China's two most famous dissidents – Democracy Wall campaigner Wei Jingsheng and Tiananmen Square student leader Wang Dan – could not: to live free in China as a public advocate of democracy.

China, in Legal Reform Move, Cites Police Torture Deaths
Monday, June 29, 1998; Page A12
China has published, for the first time, statistics on the number of people who have been tortured to death by police, in an unusual series of books designed to improve police practices and further China's legal reform efforts.

Zhao Urges Apology for Tiananmen
Thursday, June 25, 1998; Page A25
Former Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang, ousted in 1989 on the eve of the bloody crackdown on democracy demonstrators in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, has written a letter asking current party leaders to admit that the move against the student-led protests was a grave mistake.

Chinese Cheer Clinton Plan to Visit Square
Friday, June 12, 1998; Page A01
Although many leading Chinese exiles have condemned President Clinton's plan to visit Tiananmen Square, many people across the political spectrum here seem to welcome the move. They believe it could bolster China's standing in the world, and also could nudge China's leadership toward a reappraisal of the crackdown.

Tiananmen Square
A portrait of China's late Communist leader in front of the Monument to the People's Heroes in Tiananmen Square. (AP)
The Puzzling Face of China
Thursday, June 4, 1998; Page A25
On the ninth anniversary of a bloody crackdown on protests in Tiananmen Square, the ruling Chinese Communist Party is bracing itself again to quell opposition in the streets. Yet the government's moderate handling of recent protests underscores how much less anxious – and more sophisticated – it seems compared to earlier years.

Chinese Ex-Official Challenges Party
Wednesday, June 3, 1998; Page A16
Four days after police told him his political rights had been restored, the most senior Chinese Communist Party official jailed for political reasons in two decades launched a broadside tonight against the party for failing to undertake significant political reform.

No Money, but Lots of Options for Chinese Dissident
Tuesday, April 28, 1998; Page A02
Since his release and flight into U.S. exile, Wang Dan has experienced more choices than he dreamed of in his 29 years. He is mulling several top U.S. universities that he would like to attend to complete an undergraduate degree in Chinese history. If possible, he would love to meet golf star Tiger Woods and singer Michael Jackson, maybe even have a girlfriend.

China Still Holds Many Political Prisoners
Thursday, April 23, 1998; Page A30
Even after the release into exile of China's most famous dissidents – first Wei Jingsheng and now Wang Dan – more than 2,000 people remain in jail in China for political crimes and misdemeanors.

Exiled Dissident Wants Eventual Return to China
Tuesday, April 21, 1998; Page A03
Exiled Chinese dissident Wang Dan, after getting a clean bill of health from doctors in Detroit, declared yesterday he hopes to return to his country as soon as possible because "China is in my heart." He was released on "medical parole" from a Chinese jail and flown into exile Sunday as part of a reported deal between Beijing and Washington.

Debate Blossoms in Beijing Spring
Sunday, April 19, 1998; Page A01
The intellectual seeds of liberal political reform are sprouting here, making this the most open spring since the massive pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square were crushed nine years ago. Influential intellectuals here in the capital are talking about promoting individual rights, expanding low-level direct elections, shrinking government and scaling back the ubiquitous role of the Communist Party.

China Vows to Sign Human Rights Treaty
Friday, March 13, 1998; Page A16
China's long-serving Foreign Minister Qian Qichen announced that China would sign an international human rights treaty, and in the process offered the Clinton administration a refuge from China critics who later in the day were in full voice on Capitol Hill.

China Rights Record Improves in U.S.
Saturday, January 31, 1998; Page A18
China emerged as the most improved country in the State Department's annual survey of human rights conditions around the world, a reflection of both modest changes in China and of the administration's determination to build more cordial relations with Beijing.

Former Chinese Official Advocates Democracy
Monday, January 12, 1998; Page A13
Just two months after China's leading dissident, Wei Jingsheng, agreed to go into exile, another voice has joined China's small chorus in favor of democracy. This time, however, it's a businessman and former mid-level government official who claims that his views have a substantial, though still anonymous, following in the Communist Party itself.

Released Chinese Dissident Wei Speaks Out for Democracy
Saturday, November 22, 1997; Page A01
China's most prominent dissident, Wei Jingsheng, embarked on his new role as China's most prominent exile by embracing his freedom after 18 years in prison and promising to press the cause of democracy for 1.2 billion Chinese.

History Tour Includes a Lesson in Democracy
Friday, October 31, 1997; Page A22
Chinese President Jiang Zemin took another voyage through American history today in a visit to 265-year-old Independence Hall as part of a carefully staged series of photo opportunities around the country. But outside, the crowd used bullhorns, gongs and chanting to voice opposition to China's treatment of Tibetans and its demands that Taiwan unite with China.

Prison Labor: Can U.S. Point Finger at China?
Tuesday, June 3, 1997; Page C01
Horror stories are surfacing anew about the Chinese prison labor system and the sale of its products in the United States. But consider what is happening to the 64,000 U.S. convicts in the Florida prison system: Prisoners are required to work – or face punishment. Most inmates, even ones digging ditches on chain gangs, are paid nothing.

U.S.-China Relations
U.S. to Pay Embassy Bomb Victims
Saturday, July 31, 1999; Page A16
The U.S. government agreed to pay $4.5 million to the families of those killed and wounded in the U.S. bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade on May 7.

CIA Analyst Raised Alert On China's Embassy
Thurs., June 24, 1999; Page A01
A mid-level intelligence officer assigned to the CIA persistently questioned the targeting of a building that turned out to be the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia, but his concerns went unheeded inside the spy agency and at the U.S. military's European Command, a senior U.S. intelligence official said.

Protest photo
A protester lobs an object over a police barricade outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing in May 1999. Thousands of demonstrators protested the NATO bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade. (AFP)
U.S. Details Embassy Bombing
Thurs., June 17, 1999; Page A30
After 5 1/2 hours of meetings detailing how the United States came to bomb the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, Chinese government officials remained "skeptical" that the attack was an accident, according to a member of the U.S. presidential delegation that offered the explanation.

Beijing Alarmed by U.S. Ties With Neighbors
Fri., June 11, 1999; Page A16
When Chinese strategists peek out from behind their Great Wall these days, this is what they see: an American-spun web of security relationships from Kosovo to Kazakhstan, Mongolia to Manila, tightening around China's borders.

Spy Report Sparks Outcry
Wed., May 26, 1999; Page A1
A House select committee probing China's theft of U.S. nuclear secrets made its 700-page report public, triggering an intense Republican outcry about the impact of Chinese espionage on national security.
Cox Report Text

China Decries 'Cold War Mentality'
Wednesday, May 26, 1999; Page A23
China's government said the release of a 700-page, bipartisan congressional report accusing China of stealing America's closely guarded nuclear secrets was meant to "disturb and destroy" Sino-American relations and to deflect attention from the U.S. bombing of China's embassy in Belgrade.

China: Bombing Must Stop
Tuesday, May 11, 1999; Page A1
As government-orchestrated protests against the United States widened, Chinese President Jiang Zemin said NATO must stop bombing Yugoslavia before the U.N. Security Council considers any peace plan to end the Kosovo conflict.

China Suspends Some U.S. Ties
Monday, May 10, 1999; Page A01
China announced that it is suspending talks with the United States on weapons proliferation, human rights and other issues in the first concrete step the government has taken to protest NATO's deadly accidental attack on the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.

Thousands Vent Anger in China's Cities
Sunday, May 9, 1999; Page A01
Anti-American demonstrations rocked Chinese cities for a second day as tens of thousands of Chinese students attacked and in one case burned U.S. diplomatic installations to protest the deadly bombing of China's embassy in Yugoslavia.

NATO Missiles Hit Chinese Embassy
Saturday, May 8, 1999; Page A01
NATO missiles plowed into the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade during a ferocious allied bombardment that also struck the Interior Ministry and army headquarters and again plunged the capital city into darkness.

Zhu's Trip to U.S. Ends on Bright Note
Saturday, April 17, 1999; Page A11
Premier Zhu Rongji's whirlwind trip through the United States charmed American business executives and may have gone a long way in saving a pact between the United States and China to get China into the World Trade Organization.

Beijing Rejects Spying Allegations
Tuesday, March 16, 1999; Page A13
Premier Zhu Rongji denied allegations that China pilfered U.S. nuclear weapons secrets, calling the notion a "tale from 'The Arabian Nights,' " and said he expects his U.S. visit next month to be difficult because of tensions between Washington and Beijing over that issue and others.

Spy Case Tests U.S. Openness With China
Monday, March 15, 1999; Page A01
The discovery by Energy Department officials poring over Chinese nuclear weapons data had the chill of a classic Cold War scandal. But the greatest damage caused by the latest nuclear espionage case may be to the Clinton administration's painstakingly constructed policy of engagement with China.

U.S. Computers Fuel Chinese Advances
Tuesday, March 9, 1999; Page A01
China and U.S. high-tech companies have reaped the benefits from the brisk trade in American technology, but the practice also underscores the complexities of a U.S. policy that, in fits and starts, has attempted to prevent China from acquiring advanced U.S. technology that can be used for military purposes.

Clinton Makes the Most of Opportunity in China
Sunday, July 5, 1998; Page A13
President Clinton achieved relatively little in the way of substantive bilateral agreements, leaving important issues regarding Taiwan, weapons proliferation, trade and human rights outstanding. But for a few moments this week, the heavy doors of China's closed system creaked open.

Clinton Talk Show Stint Charms Shanghai
Wednesday, July 1, 1998; Page A01
President Clinton's radio appearance marked the third time in four days that the president has broadcast live on China's electronic media; he appeared on national television Saturday and Monday. The Chinese, it appears, are eating it up.

Clinton Courts China's Future
Monday, June 29, 1998; Page A01
Declaring that Americans are eager to make "common cause" with China in the next century, President Clinton told students at Beijing University and a national television audience that their nation cannot achieve the prosperity it is seeking until it allows more freedom for individuals.

Beijing U. Students Grill U.S. President
Monday, June 29, 1998; Page A12
Students at Beijing University peppered a visiting President Clinton with tough questions, challenging American military aid to Taiwan, and urging him to look critically at democracy and human rights in America.

Clinton Welcomed at Tiananmen
Saturday, June 27, 1998; Page A01
President Clinton ignored a storm of criticism by reviewing People's Liberation Army troops at an official welcoming ceremony in Tiananmen Square, but then rebuked his Chinese hosts by condemning the government's lethal suppression of pro-democracy dissidents here nine years ago.

Clinton Calls For Closer U.S.-China Cooperation
Friday, June 26, 1998; Page A01
President Clinton opened his visit to China by challenging critics of his bid for warmer relations with the world's most populous nation, declaring that the United States and China "have a special responsibility to the future of the world."

Zhu photo
President Clinton and Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji stand at attention during an White House ceremony in April 1999. Zhu was in Washington talking about trade and other issues. (AFP)
Talks Fail On China's Entry Into Trade Unit
Friday, April 9, 1999; Page A01
A summit meeting between President Clinton and Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji ended without an agreement for U.S. support for Chinese entry into the World Trade Organization and Zhu pointedly blamed the failure on the "political atmosphere" in Washington.

Beijing Moving Closer to Joining WTO
Saturday, April 3, 1999; Page A08
With time running out before a meeting between President Clinton and Premier Zhu Rongji, a top Chinese trade official is scheduled to arrive, hoping to strike a deal that could lead to China's entry into the World Trade Organization.

Chinese Say Bank Insolvent
Tuesday, January 12, 1999; Page A14
Despite warnings from some of the world's biggest banks that China's financial system could lose access to international credit markets, one of China's most prominent government-backed financial institutions has announced it will file for bankruptcy. Lenders were told the company has $4.4 billion in debts and only $2.9 billion in assets.

China's Communist Party Orders Itself To
Get Out of Businesses

Monday, November 30, 1998; Page A26
China's ruling Communist Party ordered itself out of business enterprises, four months after telling the nation's army to sever all ties with its far-flung business empire of dance halls and pharmaceutical companies, the state-run media announced.

Workers and Reforms Suffer 'China's Slump'
Tuesday, August 11, 1998; Page A14
China finally is starting to feel the bite of the Asian economic crisis that has ripped through the Indonesian, South Korean, Thai and Japanese economies since last year, and it is reining in some of its ambitious reforms as a result.

Clinton Vows Help to Asia
Friday, July 3, 1998; Page A01
Expressing confidence in Asia's long-term economic outlook, President Clinton declared today that the United States will offer more help to the struggling region if its governments tackle the problems of "cronyism, corruption and overextended credit" that he said had caused the current crisis.

China, U.S. Sign Deals for $2 Billion
Tuesday, June 30, 1998; Page A12
China trumpeted $2 billion worth of deals signed with U.S. companies at the Great Hall of the People to mark President Clinton's visit, but many of them had been agreed to long before Clinton's arrival in China.

Millions Face Layoffs as China Modernizes State-Owned Firms
Saturday, June 20, 1998; Page A13
As China's most populous city, Chongqing finds itself at the front of China's war against unemployment, a war that will only intensify in the coming months.

Happy Homeowners Living the New 'Chinese Dream'
Tuesday, June 2, 1998; Page A01
The Chinese government has proclaimed that free housing is an unaffordable welfare benefit. Private home ownership is now being promoted as a panacea that will take housing costs off the books of ailing state enterprises; increase labor mobility; spur the growth of a service industry of plumbers, carpenters, decorators, brokers and financiers; and introduce a new form of lending business to the frail banking system.

China Beefs-Up Its Private Sector
Sunday, April 12, 1998; Page A18
The once-suppressed private sector is growing fast. From big foreign firms to entrepreneurs to street vendors, China's private businesses are outpacing China's lumbering state-owned enterprises with harder work, newer technology and better management.

Piracy in China Still an Issue
Friday, March 27, 1998; Page E03
Nearly two years after a last-minute agreement between China and the United States averted a trade war over violations of intellectual property rights, the piracy of intellectual property is still an issue. Despite the 1996 accord, the value of pirated goods in China grew to an estimated $2.8 billion in 1997 from about $2.3 billion in 1996.

Premier Zhu Vows to Boost China's Economy
Friday, March 20, 1998; Page A27
China's new premier, Zhu Rongji, pledged to fend off the Asian financial virus and keep economic growth at 8 percent, while asserting his support for the handling of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

China: Asia Crisis Will Have Impact
Sunday, March 8, 1998; Page A27
The Asian financial crisis could slash foreign direct investment in China by a third, hurt China's exports and slow the growth of its foreign exchange reserves, central bank governor Dai Xianglong said.

China Announces Large Issue to Bail Out Banks
Sunday, March 1, 1998; Page A21
China unveiled plans today to float a $32.5 billion domestic bond issue in an effort to recapitalize its ailing banks and avert the type of financial crisis that has stricken most other Asian countries.

Asian Crises Spur China to Revamp Banking System
Saturday, January 17, 1998; Page A22
China unveiled new measures to overhaul its insolvent banking system, including a $6 billion fund to write off delinquent loans and a reorganization of regional central bank offices modeled on the U.S. Federal Reserve system.

China Not Going to Devalue Currency, U.S. Official Says
Friday, January 16, 1998; Page A17
U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers said he received an "unequivocal commitment" in meetings here with top Chinese economic policy makers that China would not devalue its currency despite competitive pressures from around Asia.

China Pursues Ambitious Role in Oil Market
Friday, December 26, 1997; Page A01
U.S. oil companies got an unpleasant surprise on Sept. 24 when the government of Kazakhstan unexpectedly sold a controlling interest in its second-largest oil field to a new player in the international energy game: the Chinese National Petroleum Co. U.S. officials say deals like this show Beijing is determined to pursue its economic interests abroad.

China Mulls Use of Force Against Taiwan
Friday, August 13, 1999; Page A1
Chinese Embassy officials and visiting army officers and scholars have told U.S. analysts and experts in Washington that China is considering a new show of military force in reaction to Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui's recent assertion that Taiwan and China should be treated as equals.

Flights Over Taiwan Strait Escalate Tensions
Thursday, August 3, 1999; Page A1
Chinese and Taiwanese fighter jets have flown hundreds of sorties over the past three weeks along the center of the narrow strait of water that separates the two sides, in what analysts called the sharpest military escalation of tension in the area in three years.

China Focuses Flood Coverage on Army's Heroics
Thursday, August 27, 1998; Page A24
With a propaganda campaign worthy of the Maoist era, the People's Liberation Army is using China's worst floods in 44 years to improve the military's battered image.

China's Army Facing Battle for Survival
Wednesday, August 19, 1998; Page A23
The People's Liberation Army – confronting allegations of corruption, a security dilemma on its southern border following India and Pakistan's nuclear tests, and a plan to slice 500,000 troops off its rolls – is limping toward the 21st century with its dreams of becoming a modern army facing important tests.

Jiang Tells Army to End Trade Role
Thursday, July 23, 1998; Page A01
China's President Jiang Zemin ordered the People's Liberation Army to end its decades-old flirtation with capitalism and relinquish its massive network of commercial enterprises, which include everything from refrigerator manufacturing to golf courses and karaoke halls, the state-run press reported.

Cohen Hails Achievements in Visit
Tuesday, January 20, 1998; Page A11
Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen said that he is satisfied Beijing will not continue sales of anti-ship missiles to Iran as he wrapped up a four-day visit here that underscored improving Sino-American military ties.

Neighbors Confront China's Power
Sunday, March 17, 1996; Page A01
In spring 1996, China massed troops along its southern coast and conducted missile tests and live-ammunition military exercises in the 150-mile-wide strait separating it from Taiwan, a raw display of power that frayed nerves around the region.

Hong Kong
Hong Kong's Stifiling Paradox
Friday, April 9, 1999; Page E01
Hong Kong's real estate prices are among the best indicators of the economy's health. To keep the economy healthy, there has to be a sound property market. But if property costs rise, prices for a whole range of goods and services will soar. It is a situation that could put Hong Kong on a road to Japanese-style stagnation.

Hong Kong's Anniversary Is Subdued
Thursday, July 2, 1998; Page A23
There were no fireworks and no floats, no all-night parties and no kitschy souvenirs. Instead, a more subdued Hong Kong marked the first anniversary of its return to China with a low-key series of events.

Two Visions Vie for Hong Kong's Future
Wednesday, July 1, 1998; Page A26
Hong Kong is in the midst of an identity crisis, the resolution of which will likely determine the future of the former colony. At root, the fight is simple: Will Hong Kong be able to foster and maintain an identity that is fundamentally separate from that of China?

Residents of Hong Kong Searching for Identity
Tuesday, June 30, 1998; Page A12
In many ways, Hong Kong and the rest of China remain entirely separate entities one year after their reunification. Flights from here to Beijing are considered international, and Hong Kong's Chinese residents still need a travel permit to cross the border.

Hong Kong Voters Back Democracy Slate
Tuesday, May 26, 1998; Page A01
Barred from legislative chambers by Communist fiat 11 months ago, democracy advocates swept back into office in Hong Kong's first election under Chinese rule. More than 60 percent of the 1.49 million people who voted in direct elections chose democracy candidates who vowed to stand up to Beijing and protect Hong Kong's free-wheeling way of life.

Hong Kong: What Economic Crisis?
Friday, April 10, 1998; Page N07
During any given week, this former British possession might best be described as high-rise hell, with the territory's 7 million inhabitants toiling away mostly figuring out new ways to make money. But come the weekend, Hong Kongers descend from hillside apartment blocks to enjoy the sparse few square feet set aside for leisure and to think of new ways to spend all that money.

Hong Kong Braces for Second Wave of Woes
Monday, January 26, 1998; Page A20
After nearly two decades of rising education and affluence – a period that saw the territory going overseas to find foreign workers willing to take low-end service jobs – Hong Kong residents now face what for many of them is a new phenomenon: unemployment.

Hong Kong Leader's Bad Week Gets Worse
Friday, January 23, 1998; Page A30
It was an unusually bad week for Hong Kong and its embattled chief executive, Tung Chee-hwa. Shares prices tumbled. Protestors shouted him down about the failure of a brokerage firm. And a new scare erupted when the government announced that more than 100 hospital patients were given a fluid that may have been contaminated with the human variant of "mad cow" disease.

Hong Kong's Peregrine Files for Liquidation
Tuesday, January 13, 1998; Page A12
Peregrine Investments Holdings Ltd., Asia's premier home-grown investment bank, announced that it is filing for liquidation, marking another casualty of Southeast Asia's economic crisis and prompting a new plunge by Hong Kong's battered stock market.

After Handover, Hardship
Monday, January 12, 1998; Page A12
Hong Kong's tourism industry is in a tailspin. It's the victim of the declining regional economy, the "bird flu" virus scare, and a wave of currency devaluations across Southeast Asia that have made this the most expensive city in the region. Most importantly, the city may be experiencing a general burnout after months of hype over its handover last summer to Chinese rule.

Hong Kong Faulted on 'Bird Flu'
Sunday, January 4, 1998; Page A17
After winning praise for presiding over a smooth transition to Chinese rule, and then defending the local currency during Asia's economic collapse, Hong Kong's six-month-old Chinese government has come under surprisingly sharp criticism for its mishandling of a "bird flu" outbreak that has killed four people.

After 156 Years, It's Hong Kong, China
Tuesday, July 1, 1997; Page A01
A proud China reclaimed control over the prosperous city of Hong Kong today, handing Beijing's Communist leaders the tricky task of managing one of the world's most sophisticated, modern economies – and 6 million people who have had a taste of democracy.

China Aims More Missiles At Taiwan
Thursday, February 11, 1999; Page A01
Taiwan said that China has deployed more than 100 additional ballistic missiles in provinces facing the breakaway island, a move certain to heighten tensions across one of Asia's most strategically important waterways.

Evolving Taiwan Poses Challenge to Beijing
Friday, December 4, 1998; Page A31
As Taiwan approaches its ninth major election as a multi-party democracy, this island of 21 million people is forging a new and separate identity from the massive nation 100 miles to its west. For Beijing, this presents an enormous challenge to its mission of unifying with Taiwan.

Taiwanese Seek U.S. Destroyers
Wednesday, December 2, 1998; Page A37
Taiwan confirmed negotiations with the United States for the purchase of four Aegis destroyers as part of its efforts to improve its missile defense capability against China.

Taiwanese Negotiator, Jiang Meet in Beijing
Monday, October 19, 1998; Page A15
China and Taiwan held their highest-level contact since 1949 when a Taiwanese negotiator met with Chinese President Jiang Zemin, marking a dramatic end to the first round of talks between the two governments since 1995.

China, Taiwan Resume Talks After Three Years
Thursday, October 15, 1998; Page A29
After a three-year hiatus, China and Taiwan resumed talks that touched on potential reunification of the island with China.

Taiwan Leader Urges Cooperation to Bridge Gap With China
Thursday, July 23, 1998; Page A23
President Lee Teng-hui moved to counter China's growing diplomatic clout with his most specific policy statement to date on reunification, urging more cooperation between the two governments to narrow their differences.

Declaration by Clinton Irks Taiwan
Wednesday, July 1, 1998; Page A26
Taiwan's foreign minister criticized as "unnecessary" the decision by President Clinton to become the first American president to announce that the United States would not support Taiwanese independence.

Taiwan Exploits Crisis, Goes on Buying Spree
Thursday, January 22, 1998; Page A23
Southeast Asia's currencies have collapsed and stock prices have plummeted. Businesses are filing for bankruptcy, banks are going belly up. And in the midst of the regionwide turmoil, Taiwan is on a shopping spree.

China Offers Taiwan Talks Without Preconditions
Wednesday, January 21, 1998; Page A17
China said that it is ready to begin political talks with Taiwan without any preconditions, but Taiwan greeted the offer with skepticism and said China had not given up its demand that the self-governing island submit to the "one China" principle.

S. Africa Cuts Ties With Taiwan; Opens Relations With China
Thursday, January 1, 1998; Page A21
China will open an embassy in South Africa, heralding full diplomatic relations between Pretoria and Beijing and dealing a blow to the breakaway republic of Taiwan.

Taiwan Says President's Remarks Misinterpreted
Monday, November 10, 1997; Page A32
Government officials in Taiwan moved quickly today to characterize President Lee Teng-hui's potentially provocative assertions in a Washington Post interview that Taiwan is an "independent" country and not a province of China as a misinterpretation.

Leader Asserts Taiwan Is 'Independent, Sovereign'
Saturday, November 8, 1997; Page A01
Facing pressure to renew high-level talks with China, President Lee Teng-hui of Taiwan has taken a defiant stand, ruling out concessions to Beijing and stating bluntly that Taiwan "is an independent and sovereign country."

Taiwan Courts U.S. Officials, Seeks Recognition
Tuesday, November 12, 1996; Page A06
Taiwan is the world's most prosperous pariah – an industrious little island but one cut off from international society by historic rivals in China. The anomaly drives Taiwan's foreign policy and creates such a yearning for recognition, especially from the United States, that even people who are bit players in Washington can gain access to the power elite in Taipei.

Tibetans Reach a Crossroads
Friday, July 16, 1999; Page A01
Forty years after Chinese troops crushed a rebellion against China's rule in Tibet, the autonomous region is at a crossroads — its soul longing to be rid of China but its livelihood tied ever closer to Beijing.

Dalai Lama Delays Plan for Formal Talks With China
Wednesday, November 11, 1998; Page A04
The Dalai Lama, in the face of renewed hostility from China, abandoned plans to use a Washington visit to try to reopen a formal dialogue with Beijing over the future of Tibet.

Beijing Opens the Door a Little Wider to Talks With Dalai Lama
Sunday, June 28, 1998; Page A23
Holding out the possibility of talks with the Dalai Lama and acknowledging the existence of secret contacts with the Tibetan spiritual leader, President Jiang Zemin today provided the first public glimmers of hope in years over the future of Tibet.

Dalai Lama Welcomed in Taiwan
Sunday, March 23, 1997; Page A30
The scene at the airport in this southern Taiwanese port city must rank among China's worst nightmares: the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan "god-king" denounced for trying to "split the motherland" landing on the shores of Taiwan, the breakaway island accused of plotting its own move toward independence.

Chinese Press Voices Criticism of Dam Project
Thursday, March 18, 1999; Page A15
China's official press has begun publishing articles criticizing one of the world's biggest public works projects, the Three Gorges Dam, calling into question its funding as well as efforts to relocate nearly 2 million residents whose homes and farmland will be submerged as the mighty Yangtze River is blocked.

Yangtze Flood Jolts China's Land Policies
Sunday, November 22, 1998; Page A31
As the waters from China's worst flood since 1954 recede in the Yangtze River valley, many people here are hoping that last summer's disaster will become a turning point for China – a warning to the world's most populous country that it can no longer ravage its environment as it rushes to modernity.

Untamed Waterways Kill Thousands Yearly
Monday, August 17, 1998; Page A11
Floods are China's recurring nightmare. Decades of economic development have brought the nation many of the trappings of modernity, from laptop computers to skyscrapers, but floods still kill thousands and humble millions nearly every year.

Chinese Flood Area Awash in Disorder
Wednesday, August 12, 1998; Page A17
The Communist Party issued an emergency circular that called on police and other security personnel to maintain order in the wide swath of central China being ravaged by the nation's worst floods in 44 years.

Clinton Urges China to Join Pollution Fight
Thursday, July 2, 1998; Page A25
From the commercial bustle of Shanghai to the renowned natural beauty of this city, President Clinton devoted two of the closing days of his China tour to a campaign aimed at persuading the Chinese that robust economic growth does not have to come at the expense of their country's fragile environment.

Fabled Dolphins Face Extinction in Yangtze
Tuesday, December 9, 1997; Page A16
Once the mighty Yangtze River was the playground of thousands of Chinese river dolphins. These days, the river is their graveyard. The graceful white-bellied dolphin has been impaled on grappling hooks, strangled in fishing nets, choked on pollution, blown up by river dredging explosions and chopped up by boat propellers.

Yangtze Dam: Feat or Folly?
Sunday, November 9, 1997; Page A01
Here at what was once a scenic but treacherous bend in the first of the Yangtze River's legendary three gorges, the Chinese government inched closer today to realizing a vision that combines ambition worthy of pyramid-building Pharaohs with the destructiveness of open-pit coal mining.

Jiang Stakes His Legacy on Relationship With U.S.
Tuesday, June 23, 1998; Page A01
As the first visit of an American president to China in nine years approaches, Jiang Zemin is bidding for his place in history. While Mao united China and Deng opened it to the outside world, Jiang appears to have staked his legacy on building a stable and strong relationship with the United States.

Upbeat Jiang on Asia's Woes
Sunday, June 21, 1998; Page C01
Last week, in the ancient, heavily guarded compound where the summit will take place, Newsweek's Lally Weymouth met with China's President Jiang Zemin for an exclusive interview.

Economic Pragmatist to Be China Premier
Thursday, March 5, 1998; Page A01
During the annual session of the National People's Congress that starts Thursday, Zhu Rongji is slated to become premier and expand his already considerable power. Since being handed the seemingly impossible task of managing China's chaotic economy in early 1993, Zhu has moved to remake the arthritic Communist system and bring it into the market-oriented modern age.

A Leader and His Country, Both Poised on Brink of New Power
Monday, October 27, 1997; Page A18
Long overshadowed by his political patron, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin often has been underestimated and written off as an interim leader. Now, eight years after Deng picked him for the party leadership and eight months after Deng's death, Jiang looks more secure than ever.

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