- Title: CHINA: U.S. ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE ARRIVES FOR MISSILE TALKS.
- Date: 14th May 2001
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (MAY 14, 2001) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV/PAN: U.S OFFICIAL DRIVING INTO HOTEL 0.10 2. GV/PAN: KELLY GETTING OUT OF CAR, WALKING INTO HOTEL; KELLY CHECKING IN; KELLY'S BRIEFCASE; KELLY WALKING INTO ELEVATOR (3 SHOTS) 1.03 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
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- Story Text: United States Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly
has arrived in Beijing for talks with China on plans for a
Theatre Missile Defence (TMD) system. China is one of the
world's most strident opponents of the American plan.
An American envoy arrived in Beijing on Monday (May 14)
to face a tough Chinese audience for U.S. arguments for
President George W. Bush's defence shield plan.
Assistant U.S. Secretary of State James Kelly said earlier
on Monday he hoped the United States and China would air their
views on the missile shield scheme, which Beijing has
criticised for more than a year.
Kelly told a news conference during a stopover in
Singapore that Washington aimed for transparent consultations
among Asia-Pacific nations, where opinions have ranged from
understanding in Australia to strident opposition in China and
Senior U.S. envoys have toured the world since early May
to brief allies in Europe and Asia, as well as other nuclear
powers, to explain the Bush administration's defensive
anti-missile shield and strategic gameplan, featuring
unilateral missile cuts.
The United States added Singapore to its list of countries
to consult on the system, which China and other critics say
threatens stability and could trigger a new arms race.
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