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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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- 11:33pm Jul 27, 2001 EST (#7533
RUSSIAN TRAWLER DETAINED BY AMERICANS IN BERING SEA One
more Russian vessel has been detained by US military ships. Though
for the first time the detention has happened literally by home
bank. On July 25 the Russian fish trawler was detained in Bering sea
by US coast guard. More detail... - http://english.pravda.ru/main/2001/07/27/11118.html
- 11:35pm Jul 27, 2001 EST (#7534
TIMOTHY BANCROFT-HINCHEY: US ADMITS MASSIVE INCREASE IN
DEFENCE BUDGET In a Pentagon briefing, US Defence Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld clarified the USA’s position on Europe, the
relationship with Russia, the NMD and the state of the US Armed
Forces, while he admits that massive increases in the Defence budget
have been made. More detail... - http://english.pravda.ru/main/2001/07/27/11107.html
- 11:37pm Jul 27, 2001 EST (#7535
ANDREI KRUSHINSKY: JIANG ZEMIN’S VIEWS. DIRECT SPEECH.
PROBLEMS “To feed 1,2 billion people…” “China is a developing
country with over 1,2-billion population, where feeding problems are
a great, primary task. Feeding 1,2 billion people is possible only
resting upon ourselves, we cannot rest upon anyone else. Superficial
speeches that all the agriculture problems are behind us are
completely impossible. Developing our economy is the most
complicated task for a long period. More detail... - http://english.pravda.ru/main/2001/07/26/11083.html
- 11:39pm Jul 27, 2001 EST (#7536
NEBOJSA MALIC: RAMBOUILLET REPEATED? In February of 1999,
after the staged "massacre" of 45 KLA bandits at Racak, Madeleine
Albright summoned the Yugoslav leadership to a castle in
Rambouillet, France, where they were to sign a NATO ultimatum
providing for their unconditional surrender. More detail... - http://english.pravda.ru/main/2001/07/26/11063.html
- 09:52am Jul 28, 2001 EST (#7537
Almarst, those are great references, and I'll be
Made a point on the Guardian that connects to some things here http://talk.guardian.co.uk/WebX?14@@.ee86193/42
- 09:59am Jul 28, 2001 EST (#7538
Good diplomatic news:
Powell Says China Differences Narrowed by THE ASSOCIATED
and related diplomatic-business news:
China Feud Has New Risks for Taiwan by MARK LANDLER http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/28/business/28TAIW.html
Perhaps we'll have a really effective defense against nuclear
terror, and some other ugliness, sooner than even most optimists
hope. ---- At least there are glimmers that seem consistent with
that, though, of course, things usually go wrong.
- 10:18am Jul 28, 2001 EST (#7539
If Powell, Bush, and some other influentials made some phone
calls, and got business people to really start "putting the moves"
on Taiwan and China to sort out their problems the Taiwan-China mess
might resolve well, and everybody involved might become measurably
more civilized, and somewhat richer.
Especially if some other leaders, from the EU, from Russia, and
from other countries did the same, coordinating business
Reconciliation would require, among other things, the reconciling
of some contradictions in the "Chinese" and "Taiwanese-Chinese"
narratives about the past. That ought to be possible.
100 hours of work by a few of the right people could do a lot to
get things moving. The power of Dell computer in the situation
described in Landler's article says a lot about where the leverage
in these circumstances actually is.
- 01:32pm Jul 28, 2001 EST (#7540
Talks are proceeding, and lines of communication getting
straighter. Unity of nations is increasing, reasons to fight getting
But the US is finding missile defense and the militarization of
space a hard sale, all through the Eurasian supercontinent, and in
North America, as well.
Chinese Unswayed as Powell Pushes U.S. Missile Shield by
JANE PERLEZ http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/29/international/29DIPL.html
Russia, N. Korea to Sign Statement by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
S. Koreans Protest US Missle Defense by THE ASSOCIATED
US, Canada Swap Barbs Over Spending by THE ASSOCIATED
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