- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 20, 2001

Bush drops Clinton '3 noes' policy

The State Department quietly buried a U.S.-China "three noes" policy outlined by President Clinton in 1998: no support for Taiwan independence, no recognition for a separate Taiwanese government, no backing of Taiwan's entry into international organizations.

Mr. Clinton announced the new phraseology during a visit to China in what was widely interpreted as a gesture to his Chinese hosts. At the time, White House officials said Mr. Clinton was not signaling a shift in U.S.-Taiwan relations.

The issue arose in a Japanese newspaper account that said the Bush administration dropped the "three noes" policy.

Asked about the report, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said, "We adhere to the one-China policy. It's a policy that we have told the Chinese government directly."

Mexico suggests legalizing drugs

MEXICO CITY Struggling with the corruption and violence caused by drug trafficking, President Vicente Fox says the solution might be to eventually legalize drug use.

In an interview published by two newspapers Sunday, Mr. Fox indicated agreement with a police official who suggested last week that the only way to win the war on drugs was to legalize drugs eliminating the profits and violence caused by illegal trafficking.

"That's right, that's true, that's true," the newspaper Unomasuno quoted Mr. Fox as saying. But the president quickly qualified that statement, saying Mexico could not move alone and indicating he did not expect such a step soon.

Haughey hospitalized for heart ailment

DUBLIN Former Prime Minister Charles Haughey was hospitalized yesterday in critical condition with a heart ailment, a hospital spokesman said.

Mr. Haughey, 75, who led three Irish governments between 1979 and 1992, was taken to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin early yesterday.

"He has a serious life-threatening cardiac condition and is sedated to allow ventilation," said Beaumont Hospital manager Liam Duffy. "He is critical but stable."

Taleban sends Bush letter on relations

The Taleban who rule Afghanistan delivered a letter for President Bush yesterday but made no new proposals to meet the U.S. demand that they hand over Islamist militant Osama bin Laden.

State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the letter, delivered at the department by Taleban envoy Rahmatullah Hashemi, called for improved relations and continued dialogue between the Taleban and the United States.

"But it did not contain any specific proposals for addressing the international concerns about terrorism and other issues with the Taleban," Mr. Boucher added.

Guatemalan students occupy schools

GUATEMALA CITY More than 200 students have occupied two schools in southern Guatemala to protest a program requiring high school students to teach at least one person to read in order to graduate.

The takeover began Wednesday when more than 1,500 students stormed the Central American Institute for Boys and the school's partner institution for girls in the rural state of Jalapa, said Mynor Elias, a student leader, in an interview published yesterday.

Since then, 200 students working in 12-hour shifts have blocked police from entering the schools, forcing administrators to cancel classes indefinitely statewide.

Mexico discovers new oil field

MEXICO CITY Mexican authorities have confirmed the discovery of a major oil field in the Gulf of Mexico, local media reported yesterday.

The oil field, named Sihil, is believed to contain 1.4 million barrels of crude, and lies 11,880 feet below the Cantarell platform, Mexico's largest offshore oil drilling platform.

The Cantarell complex, which consists of five oil fields including Sihil, accounts for about half of Mexico's crude production of 1.7 million barrels per day.


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