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Week of October 25, 2002

Week of October 25, 2002

The U.S. and China This Week

US-CHINA RELATIONS: Jiang arrives in US

President Jiang Zemin arrived in Chicago on Wednesday for what is most likely his last visit to the US as President. Jiang was greeted at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport by a US Navy brass band and about 1,000 onlookers, waving Chinese flags and welcoming Jiang to the US. His arrival was free of protests, however demonstrators congregated outside his hotel demanding greater religious freedom and a free Tibet. Shortly after his arrival, Jiang attended a dinner with prominent politicians and business leaders. At the dinner, Jiang commented on his upcoming summit with Bush saying, "I look forward to my visit with President Bush to exchange views on serious and important subjects…to help move forward our cooperative relationship."

Jiang left Chicago on Wednesday for Texas, where he will stop in Houston and Waco before meeting with President Bush at his ranch in Crawford on Friday. Only ninety minutes have been scheduled for serious talks between the two leaders, but Chinese media hail the reception as being at the "the highest level." Topics likely to be discussed during the meeting include: a UN resolution on Iraq, reaction to developments in North Korea, and the possibility of reestablishing military exchanges. China will also expect Bush to reaffirm America's support for "one China." Other activities planed for the meeting include a barbeque and cruise on the ranch's lake.

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INTERNATIONAL: Falun Gong supporters sue Jiang in US court

Accusing President Jiang Zemin of committing genocide and torture, Falun Gong supporters have sued Jiang in US federal court. A notice of the lawsuit was delivered to the President's guards this Wednesday at his hotel in Chicago. The lawsuit was filed last week, but was kept sealed by the Judge, allowing the plaintiffs to deliver the court papers when Jiang arrived in the US on Wednesday. Lawyer Terri E. Marsh said the lawsuit was filed under a US law allowing for claims against foreigners accused of human rights violations or other breaches of international law. The lawsuit asked for unspecified financial damages and a prohibition of future abuses. The press office of the Chinese Foreign Ministry reported that it had not heard of the lawsuit and could not confirm whether President Jiang had received the court papers.

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US-CHINA RELATIONS: FBI office to be established in Beijing

The United States and China have agreed to set up a legal attaché office for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Beijing. The agreement is being hailed as a breakthrough in bilateral cooperation against transnational crimes and terrorism, and will likely improve the atmosphere of the Bush-Jiang summit. U.S. Attorney General Richard Aschcroft announced the decision during a diplomatic visit to China this week. The office is charged with seeking Chinese help to combat terrorism. "That's our highest priority in American law enforcement, and I am pleased to say that I've found a very, very strong note of agreement about the importance of curtailing terrorist activity here among the leaders with whom I have meetings," Ashcroft said. Tony Lau, a twenty-year FBI veteran and Chinese-American, will head the office.

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