The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 26, 2001 · Page 4
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Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, April 26, 2001
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A4 THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2001 U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS THE SAUNA JOURNAL T TAIWAN ARMS SALES The Associated Press A Chinese Navy submarine dociis at a navy base in August in Quingdao, Cliina. Taiwan President Clien Shui-bian thanked the United States Wednesday for agreeing to sell Taiwan weapons and urged China to stop threatening the Island. China threatens retaliation against U.S. President Bush says weapons would allow Taiwan to defend itself By The,Associated Press BEIJING — China responded angrily Wednesday to a U.S. arms package for Taiwan by threatening to scale back cooperation with Washington on arms control, a move that could blunt U.S. efforts to prevent Beijing from arming other countries. In a "strong protest" lodged with the U.S. ambassador to China, Vice Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing said selling Taiwan submarines, destroyers and anti-submarine aircraft would "seriously impact" China-US. cooperation on preventing the spread of weapons and cause "destructive damage" to overall ties. Li's protest, reported by state-run media, was China's strongest response so far to the arms package announced formally Tuesday President Bush said the weapons would allow Taiwan, which China claims as part of its territory, to defend itself. A serious concern The Chinese threat to respond by curtailing cooperation on arms control could be of serious concern to Washington. State media did not say whether Li specified what areas of nonproliferation would be hurt. 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Washington's offer of arms to Taiwan and China's hardening response to it adds to the strain on relations caused by an April 1 collision between a U.S. spy plane and a Chinese interceptor. China released the 24 U.S. crew members after 11 days but still holds the plane. Cg DICKINSON ^ THEATRES ^ 2 Convenient Ways To Get ShowtimesI • Call The Theatre Direct (listed below) OR • Visit us online at Central Mall 8 (785) 825-9105 2259 S. 9th St. SAUNA, KS Midstates 2 (785) 825-9105 2450 S. 9th St. SALINA, KS T BUSH INTERVIEW Bush sends China warning Talk is tough as Bush nears 100-day inark in presidency By RON FOURNIER The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In unusually blunt terms. President Bush warned China that an attack on Taiwan could provoke a U.S. military response. "The Chinese have got to understand that is clearly an option," he said Wednesday In an Associated Press interview as he neared the 100- day mark in his presidency. Bush also acknowledged for the first time that Congress won't approve his $1.6 trillion, 10-year tax-cut plan. "I'm a practical man," he said. Bush said the tax cut must exceed $1.2 trillion — the number approved by the Senate in its defeat of his overall plan — and he declared himself open to compromise on the details. "I want everything dgne the way I say it, but it turns maintain a sufficient self-de- out that's not what generally fense capability " happens in a democracy," China considers Taiwan a Bush said with a sardonic breakaway province that out a 30-minute interview, seeming to enjoy the chance to review his first months in office with the 100-day benchmark falling on Sunday The lighthearted mood shifted when the president was asked about U.S.-Chi' nese relations strained by the diplomatic standoff over a downed American spy plane and by his decision to seU arms to Taiwan. 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