March 16, 2011 |
China has become such an important market for U.S. entertainment companies that one studio has taken the extraordinary step of digitally altering a film to excise bad guys from the Communist nation lest the leadership in Beijing be offended. When MGM decided a few years ago to remake "Red Dawn," a 1984 Cold War drama about a bunch of American farm kids repelling a Soviet invasion, the studio needed new villains, since the U.S.S.R. had collapsed in 1991. The producers substituted Chinese aggressors for the Soviets and filmed the movie in Michigan in 2009.
March 1, 2008 |
China has agreed to allow access to military records that may provide information on 8,100 Americans missing from the Korean War. U.S. officials say that, at least at first, only Chinese archivists with security clearances will do document searches and turn over relevant records to U.S. analysts. Chinese troops killed and captured thousands of American troops during the war and managed many of the prisoner of war camps in North Korea.
June 24, 1997 |
Britain agreed to allow 509 Chinese troops into Hong Kong hours before the colony's return to China, ending a last-minute stalemate. The troops will drive into Hong Kong in passenger vehicles rather than armored vehicles at 9 p.m. on June 30, three hours earlier than scheduled, to be in place when China takes control of the British territory at midnight.
June 13, 1989 |
Britain told China on Monday that it should immediately release a Hong Kong student arrested in Shanghai and warned that any maltreatment of Hong Kong Chinese would have damaging repercussions. Meanwhile, Canada recalled its ambassador to China for consultations to protest the military crackdown against pro-democracy demonstrators, External Affairs Minister Joe Clark said. Clark said Ambassador Earl Drake will be brought back to Ottawa by the end of the week to talk about what the Canadian government can do to influence events in China.
June 5, 1989 |
CBS correspondent Richard Roth was freed Sunday after nearly 20 hours in captivity in Beijing, during which time he said he was kicked and punched by the Chinese troops who had arrested him and his cameraman. He immediately resumed reporting from Beijing. His release and news reports came as the three major TV networks and CNN aired graphic photographs and videotape footage--the latter flown out by couriers--of the pre-dawn carnage in Tian An Men Square, where army troops late Saturday and early Sunday crushed the long student demonstration.
January 16, 1985 |
Gen. John W. Vessey Jr., chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, left Peking on Tuesday after a series of meetings with Chinese civilian and military leaders that produced no announcement of when U.S. Navy ships may visit Chinese ports. Vessey, the highest-ranking U.S. military official to visit China since 1949, held discussions with Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang and with Yang Dezhi, chief of the general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, during a three-day visit here.