- The Washington Times - Friday, September 7, 2001

Chinese visit
Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan will visit Secretary of State Colin L. Powell on Sept. 21, with Chinese missile issues and human rights on the agenda.
The State Department, in announcing the visit yesterday, said the meeting also will be part of the preparations for President Bush's trip to China next month.
State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the Chinese missile technology sales to Pakistan and China's plans to build up its nuclear forces are top concerns.
"It's important for us that the Chinese … institute a system of controls on missile exports that's comparable to the standards that the rest of the world uses, and … bring the practice of their [missile technology] firms into compliance with those standards," he said.
The sales violate a November 2000 agreement between China and the United States to control the spread of missile technology, he said.

Sandinista confiscation
Daniel Ortega was a firebrand Marxist leader who confiscated vast amounts of U.S. property in Nicaragua in the 1980s.
Now he is promising the American ambassador that, if he wins the November presidential election, he will settle at least some of the claims of U.S. citizens who want compensation for the looted property.
Mr. Ortega, who is leading in some political opinion polls, told Ambassador Oliver Garza this week that he will make sure that U.S. citizens are compensated in at least 800 cases of property confiscated by the Sandinista government.
The United States says 4,000 claims have been filed and it wants all of them settled.
"The most important thing is that we are talking, and we are going to give a solution," he told reporters in the capital, Managua.

Lithuanian visit
Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus will hold talks next week with Vice President Richard B. Cheney and Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, the Lithuanian Embassy said yesterday.
In addition, the foreign ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will be in Washington for the annual meeting of the U.S.-Baltic Partnership Commission.
The expansion of NATO will be at the top of the agenda, as all three Baltic nations press their case to join the Western alliance.

Anti-terrorism partners
The United States and India have a common enemy in the fight against terrorism, the U.S. ambassador to India said yesterday.
"The international terrorist Osama bin Laden calls for a holy war against America and India in the same breath," Ambassador Robert Blackwill told business leaders in Bombay.
"Societies like ours that are based on freedom, tolerance and rule of law are a constant repudiation of those who pursue political objectives through fanaticism, hatred and the murder of innocents."
The United States accuses bin Laden of planning the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, while India accuses the Saudi exile of training Muslim rebels opposed to Indian rule in Kashmir.
The new U.S. ambassador, who is on a tour of India, also congratulated India for its cooperation with the United States in an anti-terrorism campaign.
"Our collaboration ranges from exchanging and analyzing a variety of sensitive information to interdicting terrorists and their networks." Mr. Blackwill told a meeting of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce and Indo-American Society.
He also called on India to work with Pakistan to resolve the dispute over Kashmir, according to reports from Bombay.
"The Bush administration is willing to be helpful, but we are convinced that this is an issue that only India and Pakistan can work out between them, taking into account the wishes of the Kashmiri people," he said.
Mr. Blackwill arrived in Bombay after visiting the site of a major earthquake that leveled parts of the western Indian state of Gujarat eight months ago.
He announced that the United States would provide $8 million for reconstruction projects on top of the $13 million already contributed to relief efforts.


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