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Russian military leaders have expressed concern about US plans
for a national missile defense system. Will defense technology be
limited by possibilities for a strategic imbalance? Is this just SDI
all over again?
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- 03:58pm Jul 16, 2001 EST (#7083
Russia, China Sign Treaty Amid Concerns About U.S. By
PATRICK E. TYLER http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/16/international/16CND-RUSS.html
"MOSCOW, July 16 — Russia and China signed a treaty of
"friendship and cooperation" today that binds the two Asian giants
closer together for trade and development over the next 20
"But the treaty, which China sought and which was concluded in
a Kremlin ceremony marked by effusive gestures of camaraderie, also
bears the markings of a new strategic pact that not only sets forth
the deep concerns shared by Moscow and Beijing about a new world
order dominated by the United States and her allies, but obligates
the two countries to oppose it together.
"The 25 articles of text join Russia and China formally
against American missile defense plans and tethers Russia more
firmly to China's claim of sovereignty over the island of Taiwan,
whose pro-independence leaders look to the United States to defend
them against Beijing's pressures for reunification.
"Both Presidents Vladimir V. Putin and Jiang Zemin went to
some length to explain that the treaty, the first such agreement
signed since the era of Stalin and Mao, was one between neighbors
seeking a new stability for Asian growth and development while
carrying no content related to a military alliance.
"In a joint statement, they said that they were hoping for a
"just and rational new international order" and that the merger of
their interests enshrined today were "not directed against third
"But in a striking similarity to the treaty politics of the
cold war, during which Soviet leaders sought to persuade Presidents
Richard M. Nixon and Gerald Ford to sign thinly disguised accords
against China, the treaty signed here today requires Moscow and
Beijing to closely coordinate their response in the event that
either one of them is subjected to pressure or aggression from
" "In case of the emergence of the threat of aggression,"
the treaty states, "the two sides shall immediately make
contact with each other and carry out consultations in order to
eliminate the emerging threat."
"One Russian commentator here described the treaty as "an act
of friendship against America."
"In addition, the treaty elaborates Mr. Putin's and Mr.
Jiang's opposition to the principle of humanitarian intervention,
established during NATO's campaign in the Balkans to stop Serbian
violence against civilians in Kosovo.
"It says, Russia and China "stand for strict observance of the
generally recognized principles and norms of international law
against any actions aimed at forced pressure or at interference,
under any pretext, into domestic affairs of sovereign states."
Comment: Though they may object to military
pressure, and may be right to do so, both societies must be
responsive to the weight of international opinion, for many
reasons -- and both nations seem to be becoming more so.
"For China, Russia's affirmation of Chinese sovereignty over
Taiwan, now cemented in the more muscular confines of this treaty,
follows the Bush administration's decision earlier this year to sell
a new array of weaponry to the island, which has been estranged from
the mainland for half a century.
""The government of the People's Republic of China is the sole
legitimate government representing the whole of China," the document
states. "Taiwan is an integral part of China."
"Russia is China's largest supplier for high-technology
weaponry — just as the United States is Taiwan's largest supplier
under the terms of the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, which binds
Washington to providing adequate defenses to the island in case of
- 03:59pm Jul 16, 2001 EST (#7084
Yeah all that free money that we are giving to Russia to disarm
their nuclear weapons ,yet when we bring up our anti-ballistic
missile shield, Russia threatens to start a new nuclear weapons race
and cold war. Gee, where would Russia get all that money from to
make new nuclear weapons? If it's the only way to disarm Russia, I
guess we have to try, but they still are a threat to our national
security. The can flip flop faster than ex-president Clinton. It was
China and North Korea I was woried about, but if Russia puts up a
stink over an old antiquated 1972 anti-ballistic misile treaty we
should still keep them on our hit list.
James Ziolkowski Buffalo, NY firstname.lastname@example.org ten year Navy
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