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    COMMENTARY

    To our Commentary and News Release List™

    Sent via facsimile and email

    Thursday, May 29, 1997

    For Immediate Release;

    Contact Robert Colaco at (818)757-1776


    Are these the kind of ideals Americans are looking for?

    President Clinton on May 19, 1997 began his campaign to get Congress to approve continued Most Favored Nation (MFN) status for China. He said MFN was the way “to bring China into the family of nations and to secure our interests and our ideals.”

    Let us take a brief look at the kind of ideals that President Clinton wants to bring about.

    In a May 21, 1997 Associated Press article entitled “Activist: China Sells Prison Goods.” “A human rights campaigner who was a Chinese prisoner for 19 years told senators today that he has proof that U.S. companies are selling illegally imported Chinese prison goods.”

    “Harry Wu said the products included office supplies, clothing with prestigious labels, auto parts built especially for American cars, and even Christmas items that would have no market in China.”

    “On Tuesday, Wu accused the Clinton administration of ignoring the problem and cooperating with ”pathological liars" — the Chinese officials who held him prisoner for nearly two decades. He is now a U.S. citizen and head of Laogai Research Foundation, dedicated to exposing China’s system of forced-labor prisons."

    “Wu came to Washington following a visit to Detroit on Tuesday, where he accused Kmart Corp. of selling products made by a company owned by China’s communist army. He told executives at the company’s annual meeting that the retailer purchased 73 tons of ponchos and rain parkas from the Chinese company last year, in violation of its own policy.”

    U.S. law prohibits importing goods made by convict labor. Kmart stands accused of selling Americans products made by religious and political prisoners in slave labor camps run by China’s communist army.

    Clinton says, tolerating this is needed “... to secure our interests and our ideals”. Isn’t it communist philosophy that suggests, “The ends justify the means.” Does he really believe that Americans can tolerate the use of the men and women, they watched rise up in Tiananmen Square, as slave labor making products for China that will under price anything made in America.

    It has also been widely reported that the Chinese government attempted to influence last year’s U.S. elections. With contributions going primarily to the Democrat National Committee and to President Clinton’s re-election campaign.

    The President then lobbies the Port of Long Beach to build a $200 million-cargo terminal for China’s state-run shipping line, Cosco. The same company who about a year ago, had one of it’s ships the Empress Phoenix, boarded by Customs agents, who seized a cargo of 2,000 AK-47 assault rifles on their way to Los Angeles street gangs.

    We call on the Congress of the United States to follow leaders like Rep. Bill Paxon and Sen. Jesse Helms. Rep. Paxon has said he will no longer support granting China preferable trade status. Sen. Helms, said on May 13, 1997 “Let’s be honest about it. Aren’t so many in control of our government scared to death that they’re going to offend China?”. And on May 27, Rep. Gephardt announced his opposition to MFN.

    Sen. Kerry who is opposed to making changes in our trading relationship with China has asked, “We are just seeing a repetition of rhetoric,” It begs the question, What do we do?" Senator Kerry, it’s simple JUST SAY NO to China’s abuse of Americans and it’s own people, JUST SAY NO to MFN status.

    By: Robert Colaco, national chairman of Citizens For A Better America ® . A national, grassroots, independent political committee based in Van Nuys, California.

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