- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 8, 2002

Excerpts of editorials from newspapers around the world:

South China Post
Tiananmen remembered
HONG KONG With Hong Kong gripped by World Cup fever, it was reassuring that an estimated 45,000 still managed to turn up at last night's candlelight vigil that marked the crackdown on the democracy movement in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989.
As the years go by, fewer people may feel passionate enough to show up at the annual vigil. But this should not be taken as a sign that people have forgotten the scenes of soldiers firing their way into Tiananmen Square.

The Independent
The queen's jubilee
LONDON Britain returns to work today after an unprecedented four days of celebration and pageantry that marked not only the Golden Jubilee of the Queen, but a reaffirmation of our nationhood.
Whatever misgivings we may harbor about the institution of the monarchy or the dissonance between even a pared-down aristocracy and the democratic reality of the 21st century, the size and palpable delight of the crowds in central London this weekend should give even the most cynical pause for thought.
That the jubilee defied all forecasts of damp-squibbery to become such an unqualified success is a tribute above all to the public relations effort mounted by the palace since the dark days that followed Princess Diana's death.

Straits Times
Bush and free trade
SINGAPORE Three electoral votes from one tiny state, West Virginia, which Mr. Bush won in 2000 and needs to win again in 2004 that was what it came down to. For those three votes, the administration gutted its own free-trade principles, exposed U.S. industry to steel shortages and now faces the threat of retaliatory sanctions from the European Union, Japan, Brazil, South Korea and China.
The extension of 'fast-track' authority to Mr. Bush is good news. He needs to show, however, that he is as committed to free trade as he is to his re-election prospects if he is to exploit the authority effectively. He plans to use it to create the world's largest free-trade zone by expanding the North American Free Trade Agreement to 31 additional countries, including Singapore.
But as he and his advisers must have learnt from the difficulties they had in gaining the authority, every FTA they negotiate is going to come up against one or the other special interest, which they will have to resist. Will they? They folded before steel; will they fold before others? One hopes that those three West Virginia votes were enough, and Mr. Bush is not planning on a landslide by pandering to every protectionist interest.

Dagens Nyheter
China and democracy
STOCKHOLM Thirteen years ago, the Chinese people's dreams of freedom were crushed under the tanks on Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Economically, China has made great progress, but politically not much seems to have changed since the violent days 13 years ago.
At the same time as the police state remains intact, reports of police corruption affecting common citizens are on the increase. That is not how a stable market economy should develop. The surrounding world must continue to press for democracy and human rights in China. The Olympic Games must not become an excuse for keeping silent about the persecution.

Jordan Times
Mideast peacemaking
AMMAN, Jordan Jordan's vision for the future of the peace process and the region is materializing. It is one of the rare times in the past few years when such a statement can be made.
King Abdullah has long been making the Jordanian case for the resumption of meaningful Mideast political process with U.S. leaders and other world players.
The U.S., the EU, the U.N. and Russia, the so-called 'Quartet,' are finally convinced. U.S. special envoy and EU foreign-policy chief Javier Solana this week said so.
Some Arab countries have yet to come on board.
Their fears are understandable.
Madrid failed. Oslo failed.
Why should the next peace process succeed?
Because this time, the endgame will be clear since the beginning. Because this time, there will be a rigid, preset timetable. Negotiations will not be open-ended. What is expected from each party will be declared, and all sides will be held accountable. Also, because the people of the region cannot take it any more.

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