About Bush Cautiously Backs Pacific Rim Free Trade
|November 17th, 2006||#1|
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Bush Cautiously Backs Pacific Rim Free Trade info
November 17, 2006
By Michael A. Fletcher, Washington Post Staff Writer
SINGAPORE, Nov. 16 -- President Bush reassured Pacific Rim leaders Thursday that the United States stands squarely behind efforts to liberalize trade with the region, and he promised to continue pressuring North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
On the eve of an economic summit in Vietnam, Bush voiced tentative support for a free-trade agreement covering all 21 member states of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, saying during a speech here that the idea deserves "serious consideration."
In addition, the president again warned North Korea that the United States would consider it a "grave threat" and would hold North Korea responsible if it transfers nuclear bomb technology to another country or to a terrorist organization. He said North Korea should take "concrete steps" to end its nuclear program, and he called on other Asian countries to send the same message to Pyongyang.
North Korea agreed last month to resume talks with five other nations on ending its nuclear weapons program, just three weeks after conducting its first nuclear weapons test. Diplomats hope talks among the two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia and the United States will take place by the end of the year, but no date has been fixed.
In comments to reporters at the APEC meeting in Hanoi, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said there was deep skepticism among the group's members that North Korea actually intended to abandon its nuclear weapons. [Bush landed in Hanoi on Friday morning, the Associated Press reported.]
Asked if she would favor delaying talks until she was certain North Korea would take steps to show its commitment, Rice said: "I don't think it makes sense for us to have talks unless we think that it's going to be fruitful. It certainly doesn't make sense just to go back to talk."
In his speech at the National University of Singapore, Bush also called on North Korea to take demonstrable action to show it is willing to end its weapons program. "Pyongyang must show it's serious . . . by taking concrete steps to implement its agreement to give up its nuclear weapons and weapons program," he said.
Bush added that if North Korea did so, the United States and other nations involved in the six-party talks would provide it with economic help, security assurances and other benefits.
Bush's visit to Southeast Asia comes on the heels of elections in which Democrats won majorities in both chambers of Congress, an outcome widely seen as a repudiation of the president's leadership.
Some analysts have said many nations in Southeast Asia, which have a generally warm view of Bush, see the United States as a pillar of stability in a region where Communist-run China is the dominant force.
With Bush weakened politically, they say, many leaders in this economically booming region doubt his power to deliver on his trade liberalization and other promises.
Bush suffered a disappointment this week when the House of Representatives failed to approve a measure to establish permanent normal trade relations with Vietnam. Bush had expressed hope that Congress would approve the measure before his trip to Hanoi, but House leaders now say they will not try again to pass the bill until next month.
Passage of the bill is needed for U.S. firms to take advantage of the low tariffs Vietnam will enact as a result of its recent membership in the World Trade Organization, and its failure to pass was viewed as a disappointment by the Vietnamese government.
In his address previewing issues he plans to emphasize during his week-long trip, Bush said the United States is serious about helping the region meet the challenges that could undermine its recent record of explosive economic growth. He cited efforts to develop alternative energy sources, fight pandemic diseases such as AIDS and avian flu, and combat terrorism.
Pointing out that the United States does more trade across the Pacific Ocean than across the Atlantic, Bush said he wants his administration to remain deeply involved in the region.
Before his speech, the president met with Singapore's prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong. Accompanied by his wife, Laura, he also visited the Asian Civilizations Museum, where the two listened to a performance of Asian fusion music.
Bush briefly tried his hand at the saron, an instrument similar to a xylophone, tapping out a passable rhythm with a rubber mallet.
The president is scheduled to stay three nights in Vietnam, then visit Indonesia and Honolulu before returning to Washington on Tuesday.
Staff writer Glenn Kessler in Washington contributed to this report.
|November 18th, 2006||#4|
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And its ok to do so with China??? How about Britain they once kidnapped our citizens and even burned down the White House? What about Germany? Japan, they tortured and summarily executed POWs and attacked us without warning? Spain? Mexico?
Ho is dead and Giap is gone. Vietnam today is far more democratic than China and is not a threat in any way shape or form. They don't have an army of spies and reverse engineers combing the globe while their leaders spout thinly veiled threats and ignore international and even traditional domestic values. I clearly see Vietnam, People's Republic of as the lesser of two evils.
And besides, their food is better too.
"The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental." - John Steinbeck
|November 18th, 2006||#5|
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There were different governments in Germany and Japan after WWII. And as far as I know, the Brits returned all POWs after the War of 1812 and so did the Spanish and Mexicans after the Spanish-American War and the Mexican American War. There are still thousands of American servicemen MIA in Vietnam. And to tell you the truth, I don't think we should trade with China either. Look at some of the atrocities committed by them and the North Koreans during the Korean War.
|November 18th, 2006||#6|
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Cooler, remember how the american forces in that country that were trying to help ended up killing millions of people one way or another? We still owe an apology to them. Ho Chi Minh wanted America to help shape vietnam, but the cold war wouldn't allow for that and decades later he was fighting us. Vietnam did cause a lot misery for american forces, but the vietnamese didn't tell the americans to come and fight, that was our decision.
It's really best to work with them and try to really get a good relationship going with a country we can finally trade and build with. Don't forget that China fought vietnam after the US left, so it's as if Their northern neighbors are their best buds.
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