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Mr. Randt “is very clear about our responsibilities under the Taiwan Relations Act,” Ms. Stevenson said of the U.S. law that permits sales of defensive arms to Taiwan.

“The United States and China continue to advance our relationship through candid dialogue, including on issues where we have serious differences, such as China’s military buildup, human rights and religious freedom,” he said.

New Europe

Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus said yesterday that he disagrees strongly with former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld that post-Communist Europe, including his nation, is a “new Europe” more attuned to U.S. interests than the appeasement-oriented nation of Western or “old Europe.”

“We don’t like the division between old and new Europe,” Mr. Klaus told reporters and editors of The Washington Times.

One reason is that nations like Czech Republic are not new, he said. “We are very old Europe … as old Europe as any Western European country.”

Mr. Klaus said he corrected European leaders who welcomed him and his nation into “Europe” after Prague joined the European Union in 2004.

“We don’t need to be welcomed in Europe,” he said. “If you say welcome to the European Union, OK.”

Mr. Klaus said he prefers to talk about old EU members and new EU members.

“That’s a fairer description, and there is definitely almost no anti-Americanism in the new EU member countries, most of them former communist countries, as compared to some degree of anti-Americanism in old EU member countries.”

* Bill Gertz covers national security affairs. He can be reached at 202-636-3274, or at InsidetheRing@washingtontimes.com.