July 10, 2001 |
China has granted permission for two American warships to dock in Hong Kong, a U.S. official said. The decision came just days before the International Olympic Committee votes on which city will host the 2008 Summer Games. Beijing is among the top contenders. The move reverses a stance taken after a U.S. spy plane collided with a Chinese fighter jet in April. In May, Beijing refused to allow a U.S. ship carrying 1,400 personnel to make a port call. But China notified the U.S.
March 1, 1988 |
China denied on Monday that the late Communist leader Mao Tse-tung at one time sought to lure U.S. troops into China's heartland and massacre them with nuclear weapons. The soon-to-be-published memoirs of Soviet President Andrei A. Gromyko charge that Mao tried to enroll Soviet help for the plan, the New York Times said last week. The newspaper said Gromyko, Soviet foreign minister from 1957 to 1985, wrote that he traveled to Beijing in August, 1958, to reject the plan.
February 23, 1995 |
The Clinton Administration has decided to have U.S. Navy ships make a port call in China this spring in a new step aimed at improving military cooperation between the two countries, U.S. officials said Wednesday. It would be the first visit by American warships to China since before that country's 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations.
July 31, 1999 |
The United States' long goodbye to Panama neared an end Friday with the formal departure of the regional U.S. Army headquarters, leaving only a few hundred soldiers until the Panama Canal is handed over at year's end. "Your 88-year mission here is done," Marine Gen. Charles E. Wilhelm, head of the U.S. Southern Command, told a closing ceremony at Ft. Clayton's Soldier's Field parade ground. "You can report with pride: Mission accomplished."
February 1, 1996 |
Earlier this century, American sailors starting shore leave in Shanghai received a helpful booklet containing "prices of rickshaws and two pages of prophylactic advice," recalls one U.S. official. The sailors and Marines aboard the 7th Fleet's dock-landing ship Ft. McHenry, which docked along Shanghai's historic Huangpu River on Wednesday, were advised to play it safe too. But the concerns these days are a bit different, as much political as practical.
August 3, 1995 |
China today expelled two U.S. Air Force officers charged with spying on military installations--a move that may derail U.S.-Chinese relations just when they seemed to be getting back on track. The officers "sneaked into a number of restricted military zones in China's southeast coastal areas and illegally acquired military intelligence by photographing and videotaping," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Shen Guofang said. The Hong Kong-based officers--Col. Joseph Wei Chan and Capt.