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Rumsfeld Will Host Chinese Defense Minister in Pentagon Meeting (Military Exchanges)
Associated Press ^ | Oct 24, 2003 | Robert Burns

Posted on 10/24/2003 6:47:14 PM PDT by act2

Rumsfeld Will Host Chinese Defense Minister in Pentagon Meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) - Gen. Cao Gangchuan, the Chinese minister of defense, will meet with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld at the Pentagon next week, marking the first high-level Chinese military visit since the collision of a Chinese fighter and a U.S. spy plane in April 2001. Also, Rumsfeld is expecting to meet in early November with Vietnamese Defense Minister Pham Van Tra, who would be the highest-level Vietnamese defense official to visit the Pentagon since before the Vietnam War, according to a defense official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Rumsfeld's predecessor, William Cohen, made a historic visit to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in March 2000, and the two countries have cooperated for years on recovering the remains of U.S. servicemen killed in the Vietnam War. Nearly 1,800 servicemen are still unaccounted for.

The United States restored diplomatic relations with Vietnam in 1995.

Rumsfeld commented on the Chinese minister's visit in an interview published Friday by The Washington Times, but it has not been officially announced. Rumsfeld told the Times that Cao's visit to the Pentagon is part of the administration's policy of engaging communist China. He described military exchanges with China as "appropriate and logical and beneficial from our standpoint."

Kurt Campbell, who was deputy assistant secretary of defense for Asia affairs during the Clinton administration, said he believes Rumsfeld feels compelled to establish closer military-to-military relations with China mainly because of the role China can play in helping the United States, South Korea and Japan persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.

Campbell said he doubts that Rumsfeld will reciprocate by visiting China. "Rumsfeld has canceled more trips to Asia than he has gone on," he said.

James Mulvenon, a China expert at the RAND Corp., a think tank, said he believes the White House has prodded Rumsfeld's Pentagon to move toward a more regularized relationship with China's military.

Cao also will visit the headquarters of U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii. The head of the Pacific Command, Adm. Thomas Fargo, toured China last December as the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to visit since the April 2001 incident involving the collision of the U.S. and Chinese planes.

After a Chinese fighter veered into a Navy EP-3 surveillance plane in international airspace over the Sea of Japan - resulting in the death of the Chinese pilot and an emergency landing by the damaged American plane - Rumsfeld cut off military-to-military relations for a time.

The administration was angered by China's decision to imprison the 24 crew members for 11 days on Hainan Island. After releasing them, China refused to permit the United States to fly the damaged plane off the island. Instead it was removed in pieces and reassembled in the United States.

Military relations between the United States and China have been bumpy in recent decades. Ties were severed after China's army-led crackdown in 1989 on student protests at Tiananmen Square.

A 1994 visit to Beijing by then-Defense Secretary William Perry was meant to put relations back on track, but that effort was interrupted by tensions over Taiwan, an island nation that China views as a renegade province and has threatened to attack it if the island declares independence.

The last time a Chinese defense minister visited Washington was in December 1996. During that visit, Gen. Chi Haotian went not only to the Pentagon but also to the White House for a meeting with Clinton. Mulvenon said he thinks it is highly doubtful that President Bush will agree to see Cao in the White House, even though the Chinese are understood to have asked for such a meeting.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; chinesemilitary; dod; exchanges; gangchuan; military; pentagon; rumsfeld

1 posted on 10/24/2003 6:47:15 PM PDT by act2
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To: act2
The megaCommie is in town to once again purchase the latest in American defense technology from Hillary (a member of the Armed Service Committee with Top Secret Clearance)and the DNC. Millions of illegal dollars will again flow into the coffers of the Clintons and the DNC.
2 posted on 10/24/2003 6:55:03 PM PDT by friendly (Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.)
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To: friendly
Motorola sells $1B chip plant in China
With the sale of its $1 billion Chinese chip factory, Motorola Inc. has begun streamlining its Austin-based Semiconductor Products Sector as it prepares to spin off the division as a publicly traded company.


Motorola will transfer ownership of its Tianjin, China-based semiconductor plant to China-based Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. for an undisclosed amount of SMIC stock, Motorola announced. Motorola also will secure a seat on SMIC's board. SMIC produces chips for other companies. Abou 500 people are employed at the plant.

Motorola will continue to own and operate its nearby semiconductor assembly and test center, which employs 1,200 people.

The chip plant was constructed in 2000, but Motorola put its completion on hold because of the decline in industry demand for semiconductors, according to the company.

After the sale, Motorola will have seven chip factories around the world, including two in Austin.

Motorola is planning an initial public offering of a portion of the semiconductor unit, followed by a distribution of the remaining shares to shareholders. The deal is subject to approval by Motorola stockholders.

The Semiconductor Products Sector employs 6,600 people in Austin. The unit's leadership, design and manufacturing team remain in Austin, Motorola spokeswoman Nan McRaven has said. The new company will become the second largest publicly traded company in Central Texas, behind Round Rock-based Dell Inc. [Nasdaq: DELL].

The subsidiary will become the world's No. 1 producer of embedded processors and allow Motorola to focus on its communications and electronics systems businesses.

Schaumburg, Ill.-based Motorola [NYSE: MOT] specalizes in wireless, automotive and broadband communications. Sales in fiscal 2002 totaled $27.3 billion.



© 2003 American City Business Journals Inc.
4 posted on 10/24/2003 7:05:44 PM PDT by act2
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To: JackRyanCIA
The treason for sale Hillary is indeed a member of the Armed Service Committee with Top Secret Clearance.
5 posted on 10/24/2003 7:07:26 PM PDT by friendly (Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.)
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To: friendly
GE sees China global production center

www.chinaview.cn 2003-10-24 16:03:43


@@BEIJING, Oct. 24 (Xinhuanet) -- General Electric (GE) has announced that it will make China its global production center, with its purchase and sales volumes in the country reaching 5 billion yuan each by 2005.

@@As part of its global strategy to enhance China's status, GE has established an industrial park for medical systems in the Beijing Economic and Technological Development Zone, which has cost the group 26 million dollars in direct investment.

@@"It represents a landmark investment by GE in China," said ChenZhi, president of GE Medical Systems China.

@@The park, which covers medical equipment R&D, manufacturing, sales and after-sales service, will take up one third of GE's CT scanner equipment production, making China third only to the United States and Japan in CT scanner manufacturing.

@@China, together with Japan and India, has already become the company's most important Asian market, and is expected to become its largest market in 10 years.

@@GE is also ambitious to enhance its purchase and sales volumes as chief executive officer Jeff Immelt believed "China is the world's fastest-growing economy".

@@Immelt said that GE was prepared to expand in China through three fundamental business strategies, namely, stepping up localization from production to after-sales service to win customers, improving local manufacturing facilities and caring more about cultivating a talent pool.

@@It is GE's objective, stressed Immelt, to make GE in China a localized company and an important part of GE.

@@GE, the world's biggest industrial conglomerate, which has wide interests ranging from finance and media to medical equipment and aircraft engines, reported 1.5 billion dollars in revenue in China,compared with 131.7 billion dollars in its global sales last year. Enditem

6 posted on 10/24/2003 7:08:50 PM PDT by act2
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To: act2
I blame the Republicans as well as the rats for this movement of critical national security technology into the hands of the ChiComs. Again it is treason for sale, and the money is flowing to both corrupt political parties.
7 posted on 10/24/2003 7:10:20 PM PDT by friendly (Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.)
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To: JackRyanCIA
You don't remember those threads? It was about a year ago, the threads on hillary and her new position.
8 posted on 10/24/2003 7:11:10 PM PDT by TBall
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To: act2; belmont_mark; TigerLikesRooster
Kurt Campbell, who was deputy assistant secretary of defense for Asia affairs during the Clinton administration, said he believes Rumsfeld feels compelled to establish closer military-to-military relations with China mainly because of the role China can play in helping the United States, South Korea and Japan persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.

Multilateralism at its best again. Rewarding China for "helping" us solve the problem it helped create in the first place. The transition to a China-dominated Asia has been given a sharp spurt by the Korean crisis, if for no reason other than our unwillingness to do what's necessary - invade North Korea and absorb thousands of casualties in the process.

9 posted on 10/24/2003 7:14:26 PM PDT by Filibuster_60
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To: friendly
And millions of Chinese dollars will flow into the U.S. treasury to finance our debt.
10 posted on 10/24/2003 7:17:12 PM PDT by GO65
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To: friendly
I blame the Republicans as well as the rats for this movement of critical national security technology into the hands of the ChiComs. Again it is treason for sale, and the money is flowing to both corrupt political parties.

I suspect the administration is looking the other way on this sort of thing because the Chinese are one of the major funders of our debt. We leave them alone, they continue to buy U.S. securities.

11 posted on 10/24/2003 7:18:19 PM PDT by GO65
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To: friendly
The megaCommie is in town to once again purchase the latest in American defense technology from Hillary (a member of the Armed Service Committee with Top Secret Clearance)and the DNC. Millions of illegal dollars will again flow into the coffers of the Clintons and the DNC.

Yes, yes. Hillary and the Democrats certainly are entirely to blame for all this. We wouldn't want to say anything against our present Commander-in-Chief, since he is a Republican.

12 posted on 10/24/2003 7:18:39 PM PDT by findingtruth
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To: GO65
And millions of Chinese dollars will flow into the U.S. treasury to finance our debt.

that is sick

14 posted on 10/24/2003 7:26:48 PM PDT by act2
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To: act2
"The United States restored diplomatic relations with Vietnam in 1995"

And wasn't hitlery's brother, Huge Rodham, the "businessman/consultant" of choice for the Vietnamese company's wanting to do "diplomatic relations" with the USA?:)

15 posted on 10/24/2003 7:30:07 PM PDT by jungleboy
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To: GO65

a package of 34 treaties, all of which were ratified by a show of hands -- no recorded vote.
http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a3a325b3f5d31.htm






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The Federal Reserve - What Is It? Who Is It?
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16 posted on 10/24/2003 7:30:26 PM PDT by act2
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To: findingtruth
Uh, check out post #7.
17 posted on 10/24/2003 7:40:39 PM PDT by friendly (Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.)
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To: act2
that is sick

I agree, but it is the reality of the situation. Over the last several years the Chinese have become the largest buyer of U.S. government debt.

18 posted on 10/24/2003 8:04:53 PM PDT by GO65
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To: findingtruth
Yes, yes. And we wouldn't want to mention that the Armed Services Committee is headed by a Republican. Or that these exchanges have been going on since the 80's.
19 posted on 10/24/2003 10:06:01 PM PDT by halfdome
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To: GO65
Lately they've been making derivative plays whilst manipulating the bond market with their sales and purchases en masse. It is a form of warfare, in the economic dimension. Naturally, the economic dimension underpins the geopolitical dimension, but it is not alone. It is only one of several other factors. What is our countermeasure, if any, to such economic weapons?
20 posted on 10/27/2003 2:18:50 PM PST by GOP_1900AD (Un-PC even to "Conservatives!" - Right makes right)
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To: belmont_mark
You raise some good points. I wish I knew the solution. I'd argue I suppose that the first defense would be to get our own fiscal house in order so that we don't have to rely on the Chinese to fund our debt. That means getting spending in line with revenue, and curtailing efforts to add new spending. Unfortunately the political climate in the U.S. doesn't currently allow for such a move on the federal level, though it is exactly the approach we've seen in many states (typically where mandated by law).
21 posted on 10/27/2003 8:02:17 PM PST by GO65
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