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• Russia, China Ally to Push for US Exit from Central Asia
• China Commemorates 60th Anniversary of the end WWII, Warmer Relations with Taiwan
• Secretary Rice to visit China this Week
• The “200 Forum” Brings Together Multiple Parties on Mainland-Taiwan Issues






Russia, China Ally to Push for US Exit from Central Asia

7-7: The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), consisting of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, has called for a timetable for the steady exit of US troops from Eurasia.

Now that the active phase of US military action has ended in Afghanistan, Central Asian nations in the SCO have requested that the US begin to demilitarize the region.

John Ordway, US ambassador to Kazakhstan, insisted that instability continued to plague Afghanistan and therefore, necessitated the continued presence of military bases in Central Asia. He also assured that the bases were only there to support military operations.

Russia and China, however, fear that the US desires a continued military presence in Eurasia for reasons unrelated to “instability” in Afghanistan. Both nations, also in cooperation with India and other Asian nations, have positioned themselves as a regional alternative to US power.



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China Commemorates 60th Anniversary of the end WWII, Warmer Relations with Taiwan

7-7: The War of Anti-Japanese resistance began in China with Marco Polo Bridge Incident on July 7, 1937. After Pearl Harbor, China joined the Allies in fighting Japan, Germany and Italy. The Chinese government and people have sponsored a series of events commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the end of the war in 1945.

By commemorating the Marco Polo Bridge Incident, China is not only pointing out China’s role in the Asian theater, but also, for the first time, giving the Chinese Nationalist Party, the Kuomintang (KMT), credit for its efforts against the Japanese. Chinese history text books have empirically excluded information about the KMT in the war effort in favor of focusing on the Communist efforts. Also unprecedented, the Chinese government has invited several Taiwanese leaders to attend these commemoration events.



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Secretary Rice to visit China this Week

7-7: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will visit China from July 9 to 10. China is Rice's first stop on a pan-Asian trip, which will also take her to Thailand, the Republic of Korea, and Japan. Her delegation includes Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Portman. Chinese Ambassador to the United States Zhou Wenzhong will also return to China to accompany the delegation.

Rice plans to meet with senior-level officials to discuss political and economic topics of bilateral importance, including North Korean nuclear proliferation, cooperation on combating terrorism and transnational crimes, as well as tsunami relief and reconstruction efforts.

This would be Rice's second trip to China in less than four months. Secretary Rice made her first China visit as the US secretary of state on March 20.



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The “200 Forum” Brings Together Multiple Parties on Mainland-Taiwan Issues

7-7 On Wednesday, "The 200 Forum" opened in Nanjing, China. The Forum will discuss ways to promote cooperation and exchanges in economic, cultural and urban development sectors under the theme of "cross-straits cooperation, common development." The Forum includes 100 representatives from eighteen counties and cities in Taiwan and 100 lawmakers to the Chinese National People's Congress (NPC), from 28 counties.

The past year has seen progress in Beijing-Taipei ties. Taiwanese tourists and businessmen made 3.95 million trips to Jiangsu Province by the end of 2004, visiting relatives, seeking business opportunities and taking sightseeing tours. Of the top 100 Taiwan businesses, at least 60 have come to invest in Jiangsu. Many have also settled in Jiangsu province.



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