May 13, 1999 |
Atty. Gen. Janet Reno defended the Justice Department's refusal to let the FBI search the computer of a suspected nuclear weapon lab spy in 1997 as "a close call" justified by a lack of evidence. Reno's defense in a meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee left Republicans and Democrats angry over the slow response by Justice and the FBI to an espionage crisis.
March 6, 2001 |
Maintaining heavy government spending, China will attempt to double the size of its economy by the end of the decade, Premier Zhu Rongji told the annual session of China's legislature Monday. Zhu's forecast was part of Beijing's 10th five-year economic and social plan, a format held over from China's command economy. The plan was submitted for the approval of the National People's Congress.
March 22, 1990 |
Senior Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping formally stepped down Wednesday as head of the state Central Military Commission, taking another step to help Communist Party General Secretary Jiang Zemin consolidate power as his designated successor. Deng's resignation, formally accepted Wednesday by the National People's Congress, had been expected since last November, when he stepped down from the more powerful post of head of the Communist Party's Central Military Commission.
August 29, 1988 |
Restoration of peace in Afghanistan should return the question of control of nuclear weapons to the top of U.S. policy objectives in South Asia, a Senate Foreign Relations Committee aide said in a report released Sunday. For more than a quarter century, Washington sought, with only limited success, to halt the development of nuclear arms by India and Pakistan, the report said. But in the 1980s, the Afghanistan conflict increasingly dominated U.S.
November 16, 1988
China opened an international exhibit of its arsenal in Beijing. The China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp., one of the country's largest arms manufacturers, said it is putting six new missiles on the market during the four-day Asian Defense Technology Exposition. They include several medium-range coastal defense missiles intended to replace the Silkworm, which Chinese officials said uses outdated technology and is being phased out.
March 17, 1993 |
China will boost its military modernization program through higher government spending on defense this year, Finance Minister Liu Zhongli announced Tuesday. The 1993 defense budget will jump 14.7%, Liu said in a report to China's rubber-stamp Parliament, the National People's Congress. After adjustment for inflation, that would be an increase of about 8.2% in real terms, bringing officially acknowledged defense spending to $7.4 billion.