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US-China Relations / Espionage Report / Nuclear Technology / Liu Interview #430457

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, May 25, 1999
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(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(Studio: Pierre Thomas) The Congressional report on China's spying on US nuclear weapons technology featured; details given of the specific technology stolen and of the Cox report recommendations. [Representative Tom DeLAY - says the situation is frightening.]

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Text of the Cox report on noted.

(White House: Wolf Blitzer) The White House reaction to the Cox report featured. [CLINTON - says he will work with Congress to implement national security measures.] [Secretary of Energy Bill RICHARDSON - says the problem is being fixed.] The Cox report recommendations being rejected by the administration outlined on screen. [Representative Christopher COX, Republican CONGRESSMAN, Representative Norm DICKS - react to the administration's response to the report.]

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Announcement that Secretary of Defense William Cohen will postpone his trip to China reported.

(Hong Kong: Mike Chinoy) The reaction of China to the spying allegations reviewed; details given of the possible impact on US-Sino relations.

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Interview held with deputy chief of the Chinese mission about the espionage charges. [LIU Xiaoming - says China has never conducted espionage activities against the United States and the Cox report is full of fraudulent allegations; says the report will not succeed in smearing China and actually reflects America's Cold War mentality; defends China's nuclear weapons program; adds that the United States owes China a full explanation of the bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia; points out that the general American public wants good relations with China.]

Blitzer, Wolf;
Chinoy, Mike;
Thomas, Pierre;
Woodruff, Judy

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