- The Washington Times - Monday, June 18, 2001

China on the road

Chinese Ambassador Yang Jiechi has kicked off a road show in the United States to promote China´s culture and tourism.

He opened the 15-day tour last week at a Washington restaurant with Chinese dancers with flutes and a musician with a lute who played traditional tunes and a version of "Jingle Bells" in June.

"This road show will broaden people´s horizons ," Mr. Yang said.

The caravan will visit New York, Philadelphia, Richmond, Va., Orlando, Fla., Miami and Chicago.


Envoys to Africa

President Bush has selected two career foreign service officers to be ambassadors to Gambia and Zimbabwe.

He picked Jackson McDonald, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Ivory Coast, to serve as U.S. envoy to Gambia. Mr. McDonald also has held assignments in Liberia, Kazakhstan, Russia and Lebanon.

Mr. Bush picked Joseph Gerard Sullivan, deputy chief of mission in Angola, to be ambassador to Zimbabwe. His previous tours of duty included serving as the principal officer in the U.S. Interests Section in Cuba. Mr. Sullivan also has served as deputy assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs and as director of the Office of Central American Affairs.


Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


Today

• Japanese Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka, who meets Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice. They will discuss security issues and prepare for a Washington summit June 30 between President Bush and Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.

• Pakistan Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar, who meets National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and members of Congress.

• Avraham Burg, speaker of the Israeli parliament, who meets Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice. Tomorrow he meets congressional leaders and addresses the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

• Uta Zapf, a member of the German parliament, and Marshal Igor Sergeyev, former Russian defense minister. They address the Carnegie Endowment´s nonproliferation conference.

• Mary Robinson, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, and Robert Brant, Brazil´s social security minister. They addresses a forum at the Inter-American Development Bank.

• Cecil Blake, Sierra Leone´s minister of information and broadcasting. He addresses invited guests of the Freedom Forum.

Tomorrow

• Benedita da Silva, vice governor of Brazil´s state of Rio de Janeiro. She holds a 10 a.m. news conference at the Brazilian Embassy.

Wednesday

• NATO Secretary-General Lord George Robertson, who meets Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and congressional leaders. He also addresses the European Institute.

• Festus Mogae, president of Botswana, who holds a noon news conference at the National Press Club to discuss African economic issues and the AIDS epidemic.

• Han-Gert Poettering, the majority leader of the conservative-led European Parliament. He addresses the Konrad Adenauer Foundation on enlarging and reforming the European Union.

• David Davis, a member of the British Parliament; Christian Schmidt, a member of the German parliament; Uzi Rubin of the Israeli Defense Ministry; Hideaki Kaneda, a retired Japanese vice admiral; and Shuh-fan Ding of the Taiwan Institute for International Relations. They speak at a Heritage Foundation forum on missile defense and U.S. allies.

• Nicolae Chernomaz, Moldovan foreign minister, who speaks at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

• Volodymyr Lytvyn, chief of staff of Ukraine President Leonid Kuchma.

Thursday

• New Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher, who will meet Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, members of Congress and delegates from Jewish and Arab organizations in a four-day stay.

• Nabil Sha´ath, the Palestinian Authority´s minister of planning and international cooperation. He addresses the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Friday

• Zhou Wenzhong, assistant foreign minister of China.

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