- The Washington Times - Monday, February 5, 2001

More speculation

The Asia Pacific Policy Center has added another name to the list of possible members of President Bush's foreign policy team.
The center believes Torkel Patterson is the front-runner for the senior Asian post at the National Security Council. Mr. Patterson, a retired naval officer, held that post under Mr. Bush's father.
The center added his name to a growing list of speculative nominees for foreign policy positions. Richard Armitage, who served in the Reagan and Bush administrations, widely is expected to be named deputy secretary of state. James A. Kelly, who also served under President Reagan, is likely to be appointed assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
Those likely candidates "bring a broad and current familiarity with Asia and the Pacific," but they tend to focus on Japan and the Korean peninsula instead of China, the center said in a recent newsletter.
"Expertise on China appears to be played down deliberately in this Bush administration, evidently reflecting the campaign's emphasis on strengthening ties to allies and reducing the centrality that China was accorded in Clinton policy," the center said.

Shadow spokesman

Groundhog Day at the State Department was not just a day for a furry rodent to see his shadow. It was a day to teach high-school students about diplomacy.
Student Isaiah Walker, shadowing spokesman Richard Boucher, made the opening foreign policy statement at Friday's press briefing.
He announced that Secretary of State Colin Powell will host European Union officials at a meeting of U.S. and EU foreign ministers March 6 in Washington.
Mr. Boucher explained that the Groundhog/Job-Shadow Day gives students the chance to follow government officials or private business executives to learn about their careers.
"This is a terrific program," Mr. Boucher said.
The State Department had 95 students from local schools participating in the program started by the Boston Private Industry Council in 1996.
Getting to the point of Groundhog Day, one reporter asked:
"Does this mean we're going to have six more weeks of briefings?"

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

• Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien will meet with President Bush after delivering a speech to the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States. Mr. Chretien and Mr. Bush also have dinner scheduled for this evening. Mr. Chretien's remarks at the OAS will concern preparations for the Summit of the Americas in Quebec city in April.

• British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook will meet with Secretary of State Colin Powell and other administration officials.

• President Milo Djukanovic of the Yugoslav province of Montenegro and Branko Lukovac, the province's foreign minister, will join invited guests at the Center for Strategic and International Studies for a daylong forum on the future of Montenegro-Serbia relations.

• Vojislav Suc, Slovenia's undersecretary of state for Europe and North American affairs and also chairman of the International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims' Assistance,will meet State Department officials and members of Congress to discuss the progress of removing land mines in the Balkans. He will be accompanied by Jernej Cimpersek, director of the trust.

• Argentine Finance Secretary Daniel Marx will attend a forum at the Inter-American Development Bank on promoting capital markets in Latin America and the Caribbean.

• Mahmood Sarioghalam of the National University of Iran will discuss Iranian foreign policy with invited guests of the Middle East Institute.

Tomorrow

• South Korean Foreign and Trade Minister Lee Joung-binn will begin a two-day visit.

• Sen. Anne Clare Cools, a member of the Canadian Parliament, will address guests at the Independent Women's Forum.

• Lev Ponomaryov, editor of the Russian newspaper "For Human Rights," will address guests at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on the "human rights emergency in Russia."

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