Progress reported in U.S. relationship
BEIJING — China says it made some advances in its relationship with the United States in the past year, despite friction over Taiwan and trade, according to a Foreign Ministry report.
Press reports said the diplomatic white paper, to be released next week, did not elaborate on what Beijing considered its “major” advancements in relations with Washington.
But the Beijing News said the white paper criticized what it called Washington’s interference in domestic issues involving human rights, religion, the Dalai Lama and Hong Kong.
Nations sign deal on atomic power
VIENNA — Sixteen nations signed a U.S.-initiated pact yesterday to develop and use nuclear energy technology that is less prone to being diverted into making atomic weapons.
Eleven nations joined five nuclear-fuel-producing powers — the United States, Russia, China, France and Japan — which formed the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership at a ceremony in Vienna.
The new members ranged from Kazakhstan to Poland, Jordan and Ghana. Almost two dozen nations were present as potential candidates or observers.
Opposition to quit over Musharraf bid
ISLAMABAD — An alliance of Pakistani opposition parties said yesterday that they would resign from national and provincial assemblies if President Pervez Musharraf tried to seek re-election from the current parliament.
“His attempt to get re-elected from the current assemblies will be defeated,” said Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, chairman of the Pakistan Muslim League.
Gen. Musharraf does not require opposition support to win another five-year term, but a walkout would damage the credibility of his re-election.
Rebels in Darfur call for forum
KHARTOUM — A Darfur rebel group said yesterday that it was planning an assembly of fighters, supporters and displaced families to work out demands ahead of peace talks next month with Khartoum.
Khalil Ibrahim, head of the Justice and Equality Movement, said he expects more than 2,000 people to attend the meeting in a rebel-held area two days before the peace talks start in Libya.
“We want everyone to come, supporters here, supporters abroad, refugees, [internally displaced people], students, women. … We want to talk about peace, about their demands, so we can take them to the peace talks,” he said.
From wire dispatches and staff reports