- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 26, 2008


China has agreed to a long-standing U.S. request for access to sensitive military records that Pentagon officials believe might resolve the fate of thousands of U.S. servicemen missing from the Korean War and other Cold War-era conflicts, a Pentagon official said yesterday.

The arrangement is scheduled to be publicly announced Friday in Shanghai after a final set of talks to work out details, according to Larry Greer, spokesman for the Pentagon’s POW-MIA office.

Mr. Greer said that at least initially, the arrangement to be announced on Friday will not give U.S. researchers direct access to Chinese records. Instead, Chinese archivists with security clearances acceptable to the People’s Liberation Army will do the document searches and turn over relevant records to U.S. analysts.

Details such as the frequency and volume of the document searches, as well as expenses, are yet to be worked out, Mr. Greer said.

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