November 20, 1989 |
The House on Sunday night voted unanimously to allow more than 30,000 Chinese students to stay in the United States indefinitely, despite the strong opposition of the Bush Administration. The Senate is expected to approve similar legislation this week. The 403-0 vote in the House could deter President Bush from vetoing the legislation, since it reflected a more lopsided sentiment than the two-thirds majority required to override a presidential veto.
July 14, 1989 |
The Senate on Thursday night approved a bill that would overhaul the nation's laws on legal immigration, establishing an annual cap of 630,000 immigrants in each of the next three years and opening the doors to more residents of Western Europe. Passed on an 81-17 vote, the measure deals primarily with those who seek visas to enter this country. And, with the exception of a few amendments, it does not affect the landmark 1986 law that granted amnesty to illegal aliens.
December 6, 1989 |
Wu Fang, a UCLA graduate student, had hoped to return home to China to do research on early childhood education. But the bloody crackdown in Beijing last June changed all that. "Now, absolutely, I can't go," says Wu, who has participated in pro-democracy rallies and is active in the Chinese student association on campus. Wu, 35, believes that if she goes back, she will be interrogated and perhaps even arrested for expressing her political views in this country.
October 27, 1989 |
Over the last four weeks, the Bush Administration has permitted Chinese military officers to return to work in the United States on the ground-breaking $500-million arms sales program from which they were excluded after the Chinese army's bloody crackdown on student demonstrations last June. The Chinese officers' quiet return to a U.S. military base and to facilities of the Grumman Corp.
November 21, 1989 |
Ignoring a veto warning, the Senate on Monday gave final congressional approval to a bill that would allow an estimated 30,000 Chinese students to remain in the United States indefinitely rather than risk punishment for pro-democracy views if they return home. The Senate's action by voice vote followed a unanimous 403-0 vote by the House in favor of the legislation. The Bush Administration opposes the bill on grounds that its enactment would end educational exchanges with the Beijing regime.
August 19, 1989 |
Wuer Kaixi, one of the leaders of the student pro-democracy movement in China, will be a visiting undergraduate student at Harvard College during the 1989-90 school year, according to Harvard officials. Wuer was chairman of the Beijing Universities Students Autonomous United Assn., the unofficial union that coordinated the majority of student demonstrations in Tian An Men Square.
February 15, 1997 |
Fifty-three Chinese nationals jailed by the Immigration and Naturalization Service since 1993 are being released, the Clinton administration announced. The 53 had been awaiting decisions on their requests for political asylum since the freighter trying to smuggle them into the United States ran aground off New York City in June 1993. Ten of the 277 passengers aboard the Golden Venture died trying to swim ashore.
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August 12, 1989 |
Four leading Chinese dissidents who fled their homeland shortly after the brutal crackdown around Tian An Men Square said Friday that the future of democracy in China depends on Western nations influencing reform through economic sanctions. The dissidents, who made their first appearance in Southern California at a press conference at Caltech, were led by Wuer Kaixi and Yan Jiaqi, two of the best-known pro-democracy leaders from China.
January 3, 1997 |
Of all the developments that have colored the last 20 years of U.S.-Chinese relations, among the most important is the wave of Chinese students who have traveled to America to study. Since 1979, when paramount leader Deng Xiaoping assumed power and opened China to the West, more than 250,000 students--the best and brightest of China's youth--have made the academic pilgrimage abroad, at least half to the United States.
December 14, 1989 |
The Bush Administration's mission to Beijing was alternately denounced as "bowing and scraping to the butchers of Beijing" and praised as a successful overture during a House subcommittee meeting Wednesday. The opposing views on last weekend's surprise visit to China by National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft and Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence S. Eagleburger foreshadowed an emotional debate in January when Congress returns.