The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 21, 2001 · Page 3
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 3

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, April 21, 2001
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL WORLD SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2001 A3 • U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS China decries tourist warning County free of foot-and-mouth American writer's arrest led U.S. to warn against travel By The Associated Press BEIJING — China furiously protested a U.S. State Department warning to American travelers of Chinese origin, saying Friday it was "irresponsible" and an attempt to sabotage Chinese-Americans' relations with Beijing. Beijing's response came the same day as word of the detention of an American writer — the fifth Chinese-born intellectual with foreign ties to be held in a sweeping anti-espionage • campaign. Observers say the detentions show a disturbing new pattern of seizing not only political dissidents, but anyone with access to sensitive information about the government. The U.S., State Department's travel warning, released Thursday, cautions Chinese-born Americans that they risk being detained in China if they have been involved in dissident activities or published writings critical of the Chinese government. It also warned of risks to those who have traveled to Taiwan, which China regards as a rebel province, or had contact with Taiwan media organizations. Insisting the detainees were a tiny minority who had broken Chinese law. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue demanded Washington "correct the mistake and take measures to eliminate the negative effects created by the so-called warning," the government's Xinhua News Agency said. "The announcement of the so- called 'risk' is an attempt to sow discord in relations between Chinese-Americans and others and China. This is extremely wrong and irresponsible," Zhang was quoted as saying. Her statement followed reports of the detention of Wu Jianmin, a U.S. citizen, on April 8 on suspicion of espionage. Wu is the latest in a string of U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents detained in China on suspicion of spying. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing said police informed them of Wu's detention April 14, saying he was under investigation for spying on behalf of Taiwan. Authorities suspect Wu was involved in the publication of "The Tiananmen Papers," a book about the 1989 crackdown on pro- democracy demonstrators, said Frank Lu, a former dissident who runs a human-rights monitoring group in Hong Kong. The book, whicl} depicts Chinese leaders at odds over how to handle the protests, is said to be based on Communist Party records smuggled out of China by a disaffected official. Arafat proposes joint call for peace . GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Yasser Arafat proposed he and Ariel Sharon simultaneously call for an end to violence. The Israeli prime minister was cool to the idea, insisting the Palestinian leader issue stop- fire orders to gunmen instead, advisers said Friday. In Jerusalem, meanwhile, dozens of helmeted riot police entered a disputed shrine for the first time since September riots that escalated into seven months of fighting. Police said a small police station inside the compound came under attack from Palestinian stone-throwers after Muslim prayers, and the larger force was sent in to get the officers out safely Two policemen were injured, and stone- ihrowers eventually dispersed without police using force. Queen will quietly turn 75 today LONDON — Unlike most people her age — 75 today — Queen Elizabeth II has a full-time job with no retirement plan. The benefits are sensational, of course: palaces, foreign travel, an art collection any museum would envy Not to mention the jewelry Something to celebrate? Not yet. Her birthday plans are private and customarily low-key; most of the family is traveling on business. Public celebration is limited to a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park and 21 guns at the Tower of London. The pomp always waits until a Saturday in June — June 16 this year — no matter when the reigning sovereign was born. This is in hope the weather will smile on the proceedings and the public can gather in central London to watch the most splendid parade of the year — Trooping the Colon One separated twin fighting for her life SINGAPORE — Eleven- month-old Ganga Shrestha was fighting for her life in a Singapore hospital Friday, a doctor said, 10 days after surgeons separated her brain from that of her Siamese twin sister in a landmark operation. Ganga has a serious infection and is not doing well, said Dn Vincent Yeow, a plastic surgeon on the team that separated the Nepalese girls born joined at the head. Ganga's more bashful sister, Jamuna, was in great shape, said Yeow, a doctor at Singapore General Hospital. Doctors were treating Ganga with antibiotics, hoping they would help her fight the infection in her blood and brain. "We can't do anything but change the dressings," Yeqw said. From Wire Service Reports By The Associated Press WOOTTON, England — In a tangible sign Britain is making progress against foot-and- mouth disease, Northampton­ shire has become the first British county to shed its "infected area" status. 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