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US-China Relations / Chinese Connection #180070

ABC Evening News for Sunday, May 24, 1998
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(Studio: Carole Simpson) Report introduced.

(White House: Mike von Fremd) Continued Republican criticism of President Clinton for allowing the transfer of satellite technology to China featured; details given of the Justice Department investigation of Loral, the company headed by Bernard Schwartz, who is a big campaign contributor to the Democratic Party. [On This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts, SCHWARTZ - defends his contributions, but says he has never sought or gotten favors.] [National Security Adviser Samuel BERGER - says security has not been compromised.] [Senator Richard SHELBY - calls these the most serious allegations.] The issue of whether Clinton should carry out his planned trip to China noted.

(Studio: Carole Simpson) Report introduced.

(Hong Kong: Deborah Wang) The background to the transfer of United States missile technology to China and the issue of whether American military secrets are being divulged reviewed; details given of the problems in China's commercial space program and the concern over information that could allow China to improve its missile guidance system. [Space flight consultant Phillip CLARK - comments.] The United States use of the Chinese launch system beginning in 1990 noted. [Earlier, Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company William WADE - announces the United States satellite launch.]

Reporter(s):
Simpson, Carole;
Wang, Deborah;
von Fremd, Mike
Duration:
00:04:10

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