- The Washington Times - Friday, January 11, 2002

Japan renounces militarism forever

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Japan will never return to the militarist rule that led it to ruin in World War II, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said yesterday during a Southeast Asian tour.

"Japan will never again walk the path of a military power," Mr. Koizumi told Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammed in talks here, according to a Japanese government official.

"I want to clarify that Japan's security role lies within the framework of the constitution," which bans Tokyo from waging war, Mr. Koizumi said.

Fears of Japan turning more belligerent have grown under Mr. Koizumi, who outraged many in Asia in August when he visited a shrine to Japan's war dead, which venerates several war criminals.

Migrants seeking residency must leave

HONG KONG Hong Kong's top court ruled yesterday that all but 200 of more than 5,000 mainland Chinese migrants suing for the right to stay here must leave, dashing their hopes for a better life in this wealthy city.

The Court of Final Appeal said the right to stay applied only to migrants who arrived in Hong Kong before Jan. 29, 1999, the date of a residency ruling later reversed by Beijing.

A few wept, but most of the 300 migrants waiting outside the courthouse showed little initial reaction. Many retreated with their attorneys to a nearby church to analyze the 159-page ruling.

For the mainland migrants, the decision would likely mean divided families and repatriation to China a move many have said they will resist.

China to send aid to Yugoslavia

BEIJING Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji yesterday told visiting Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica that trade between the two countries should be stepped up, while offering Belgrade $3.6 million in unconditional aid.

"China attaches importance to its relations with Yugoslavia and supports the efforts of Yugoslavia to safeguard its national sovereignty and territorial integrity," Mr. Zhu was quoted by state television as saying.

On his first day in Beijing on Wednesday, Mr. Kostunica met Chinese President Jiang Zemin and signed an economic- and technology-cooperation agreement.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Sun Yuxi told journalists that China had agreed to offer Yugoslavia the aid.

Chinese tour promoting trade not peace

BEIJING Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji today will begin a tour of India and Bangladesh, which Beijing says emphatically is not a mission to solve tensions in the troubled South Asia region.

Mr. Zhu will carry a business-heavy agenda in search of ways to expand economic cooperation with India, one of China's smaller export markets, with trade amounting to no more than $3 billion a year.

"The focus will be on economic relations," said Fu Ying, head of the Chinese Foreign Ministry's Asian-affairs department. "We encourage more India-China trade and economic cooperation."

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