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Week of October 20, 2000

Week of October 20, 2000

The U.S. and China This Week

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INTERNATIONAL: Zhu Stays Away from Official Apology in Japan

Premier Zhu Rongji spent six days in Japan attempting to mend soured relations between the two countries.  Most notably Zhu did not continually demand that Tokyo give China a formal apology for its wartime atrocities committed against the Chinese people.

Though Zhu did say it was wrong for certain elements in Japan to try to “play down, hide or revise?historical questions, he did, however, emphasize that Beijing had agreed to put its future focus on cooperation  instead of dwelling on the apology issue.  “Our goal is not to demand an apology,?he said.  “Our goal is to look to the future while drawing lessons from history.?#060;/font>

The Japanese Foreign Minister, Yohei Kono, told a news conference that he believe the Zhu visit had done much to improve the Japanese public’s perceptions of China.  “He [Zhu] worked very hard to improve the perception of China among the Japanese people by appearing on a TV program and exchanging views with many people.  With the premier’s visit, Sino-Japanese relations are heading in the right direction.?Kono said.

However, Japanese conservatives still critically noted that Japan had apologized several times and believed Sino-Japan relations would take time to improve.

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INTERNATIONAL: China Seeks to Purchase Two More Destroyers from Russian Navy

The Chinese Defense Ministry has officially applied to the Russian government to purchase two Type 956 destroyers from the Russian Navy, a source in the administration of Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov, told the Military News Agency.

If the contract is concluded, the ships will be modernized at the St. Petersburg Severnaya Verf shipyard. Then the Chinese navy will have four Type 956 destroyers. In December 1999 the shipyard supplied the first Type 956-E ship to China. It was named the Vazhnyy. A Chinese crew in the Baltic Sea is now commissioning the second destroyer of this type, the Vdumchivyy. This ship is to start its cruise to the Pacific Ocean in November. The Vdumchivyy is the 19th Type 956 ship built by the Severnaya Verf.

Source: AVN Military News Agency web site, Moscow, in English 1248 GMT

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