- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 25, 2001

Angered China cancels select Japanese visits
BEIJING — China said yesterday it has canceled some official visits to Japan — the latest sign of tensions between the two countries over dealings with Taiwan and over a new Japanese school textbook that China says whitewashes Japanese wartime aggression.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue did not say which visits were canceled, but she said the "political foundation" for ties has been undermined by the textbook and by the visa Japan gave to former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui. China considers Taiwan a renegade Chinese province and has long accused Mr. Lee of undermining its moves to reunite the two.
"Some of the visits by Chinese leaders have been canceled because we think that so far on the question of the history textbooks the Japanese side has not given a convincing explanation to the Chinese side and then it issued a visit to Lee Teng-hui, creating trouble on the question of Taiwan, " Miss Zhang said at a semiweekly news briefing. "Normal relations, normal contact, cannot but be affected to some extent."

Miss France faces boot if shes a he

NEW YORK — Miss France will be kicked out of the Miss Universe contest this year if rumors that she is actually a man turn out to be true, the Daily News reported yesterday.
Rehearsals for the May 11 pageant are about to begin in Puerto Rico, and dressers, notably those for the bathing suit contest, have received specific instructions, contest spokeswoman Mary Hilliard McMillan said.
"Our regulations say that all delegates must be natural-born females. If she turns out to be a man, well put her in the first plane to France, " Mrs. McMillan told the Daily News.
A rumor has been circulating on the Internet that Elodie Gossuin, a 20-year-old nursing student and Miss France 2001, is in fact a man, Mrs. McMillan said.

North Korea vows anti-U.S. struggle

SEOUL — North Koreas 1.1 million-strong military vowed yesterday to stage an "all-out struggle against U.S. imperialists, " saying Washington is preparing for another war against Pyongyang.
"The provocative policy of the new U.S. administration is reversing the inter-Korean reconciliation to a state of confrontation, " said Kim Yong-chun, chief of the general staff of the Peoples Army.
"It is the invariable strategy of the United States to stifle the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea by means of war and invade and dominate Asia, taking the whole of Korea as a springboard, " he said in a speech at a ceremony to mark the 69th founding anniversary of the army.

Guatemalas Rios Mont wins rights case

GUATEMALA CITY — A judge here dismissed a lawsuit against former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt that would have stripped him of immunity and opened him to charges of human rights abuses during his 1982-1983 military regime.
Retired Gen. Rios Montt, who is serving as speaker of Guatemalas Congress, was facing charges of altering the published terms of a tax on alcoholic beverages after Congress had voted on it.
The altered version reportedly reduced the tax by half of what had been originally approved.
"I was set free because the case has no merits, " Gen. Rios Montt, 75, said as he left the court.

Indian police gunfire kills infant on bus

SRINAGAR, India — Police units reacting to a land-mine explosion fired at a civilian bus in Kashmir, killing a 2-month-old baby and wounding several other people, passengers said. Police claimed the bus was caught in the cross fire when troops fired at guerrillas.
Police also said two troopers died from injuries suffered in the blast along a roadside in Bigharid Karnag, 50 miles south of Srinagar, the summer capital of the violence-plagued Jammu-Kashmir state in northern India.
Bus passenger Jana Begum, 35, said her infant son, Imtiaz, was killed by police gunfire and that she was wounded in the thigh. "There was an explosion and they fired at the bus, " she said from a hospital in a nearby city.

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