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  • WebMemo posted February 18, 2009 by Stephen Yates, Walter Lohman Secretary Clinton's Asia Trip: Getting China Right

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to China (February 20-22) caps off her groundbreaking first official trip abroad. By visiting Asia first, Clinton has provided an encouraging sign that she understands the region's importance to America's future and the central role that American leadership plays there. In her speech to the Asia Society prior to…

  • Lecture posted October 10, 2000 by Stephen Yates, Randy Schriver, Larry M. Wortzel, Ph.D. Proper Scope, Purpose, and Utility of U.S. Relations China's Military

    STEPHEN YATES: High-level visits to Beijing earlier this month by Undersecretary of State for Security and Arms Control John Holum and Secretary of Defense William Cohen signal the resumption of official dialogue with China's military and security establishment. Is this a good sign? What are the objectives of this strategic dialogue? How does such a dialogue serve…

  • Executive Memorandum posted September 11, 2000 by Stephen Yates Better U.S. Treatment of Taiwan

    Taiwan, long a special case when it comes to U.S. foreign policy, deserves better treatment at the hands of the Clinton Administration. Though its government is not officially recognized by the United States, a far-reaching U.S. law--the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act--calls for maintaining extensive legal, commercial, and defense relations with the people of Taiwan.…

  • Backgrounder posted May 5, 2000 by Stephen Yates, Larry M. Wortzel, Ph.D. How to Trade with China Benefits Americans

    The debate in Washington over granting permanent normal trade relations (NTR) status to China has been fractious. Conservatives and liberals disagree, even among themselves, over whether increased trade with China will effect improvements in its human rights record, religious freedom, fair labor practices, or security concerns. Now the President is asking…

  • Executive Memorandum posted March 31, 2000 by Larry M. Wortzel, Ph.D., Stephen Yates What the Election in Taiwan Should Mean to Washington and Beijing

    Americans should celebrate the results of Taiwan's March 18 presidential elections. In a hotly contested democratic election, the people of the Republic of China on Taiwan elected Chen Shui-bian, a former mayor of Taipei who was defeated in the 1998 mayoral election and who ran as the candidate of an opposition party called the Democratic Progressive Party…

  • Commentary posted March 17, 2000 by Stephen Yates Taiwan: A Celebration of Democracy

    TAIPEI - There is a palpable tension in the air as Election Day draws near for the people of Taiwan, a mixture of anxiety and excitement that has only been heightened by Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji's latest warning about the dire consequences of electing a pro-independence president. No one was surprised by the content of Zhu's message, but his strident tone…

  • Executive Memorandum posted March 10, 2000 by Stephen Yates Permanent Trade Relations with China: Necessary Steps for Congress

    The Clinton Administration is calling on Congress to extend China's normal trade relations (NTR) status on a permanent basis at the earliest possible date. The Administration sent proposed language for such action to Capitol Hill on March 8. It is important that any legislation eventually approved by Congress enables the United States to benefit from the…

  • Executive Memorandum posted February 29, 2000 by Stephen Yates China's Taiwan White Paper Power Play

    China's recent rhetorical assault on Taiwan is a tutorial for the Clinton Administration on one important principle: You reap what you sow. Administration officials were shocked that, less than 24 hours after the State Department's latest peace mission to China, Beijing unleashed a lengthy White Paper that harshly criticizes Taiwan's democratic leaders, changes the…

  • Executive Memorandum posted February 11, 2000 by Stephen Yates Time to Act on Taiwan's Security

    On February 1, the House of Representatives sent a powerful message to China, Taiwan, and President Clinton that the status quo is no longer acceptable in U.S. policy toward Taiwan. By an overwhelming and bipartisan 341-70 vote, the House passed the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act (H.R. 1838), strengthening America's ability to fulfill the mandate of the 1979 Taiwan…

  • Executive Memorandum posted December 9, 1999 by Stephen Yates U.S. to China: Join the WTO, But Real Work Lies Ahead

    After 13 years of negotiations, the United States and China have agreed to terms on China's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO). A similar deal expected with Canada and the European Union makes China's accession to the WTO nearly inevitable. Although Congress's approval is not required in this process, Members of Congress have a role in determining how…

  • Testimony posted July 1, 1999 by Stephen Yates Hong Kong Under Chinese Rule

    Testimony before the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee - Foreign Relations Committee - United States Senate Mr. Chairman and distinguished members of the Subcommittee, thank you for inviting me to address you on this second anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from British to Chinese sovereignty. Today's hearing is one of the many ways the United States…

  • Executive Memorandum posted January 25, 1999 by Stephen Yates China's Democracy Crackdown Demands a Presidential Response

    At the end of his trip to China from June 25 to July 3, 1998, U.S. President Bill Clinton praised the Chairman of China's Communist Party, Jiang Zemin, as a visionary and the right leader at the right time for China. Unfortunately, within six months of this statement, the same leader President Clinton had praised began the most systematic crackdown on organized…

  • Commentary posted January 29, 1998 by Stephen Yates An Island of Stability in a Sea of Bailouts

    As the Asian economic crisis mounts, the cries for bailouts have become deafening. But amid the din, there is an island of tranquillity -- one piece of troubled Asia where only the low, busy hum of productivity is heard: the Republic of China on Taiwan. In 1997, while stock markets plummeted by 55 percent in Thailand, 52 percent in Indonesia, and 42 percent in…

  • Asian Backgrounder posted June 25, 1996 by Stephen Yates Why Renewing MFN for China Serves U.S. Interests

    (Archived document, may contain errors) No. 141 June 25, 1996 WH-Y RENEWING MFN FOR CHINA SERVES U.S. INTERESTS INTRODUCTION On May 20, President Bill Clinton announced his intention to extend unconditionally China's most-favored-nation trade status for another year. At the end of this month, Congress will vote on a resolution to revoke MFN trade status for the…

  • Backgrounder Update posted March 12, 1996 by Richard D. Fisher, Stephen Yates China's Missile Diplomacy: A Test of American Resolve in Asia

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 3/12/96 269 CHINA'S MISSILE DIPLOMACY: A TEST OF AMERICAN RESOLVE IN ASIA (Updating Asian Studies Center Backgrounder No. 139, "China's Threats to Taiwan Challenge U.S. Leadership in Asia," March 6, 1996) Early in the morning of March 8, China fired three nuclear-capable missiles into two areas close to the Republic of China on…

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