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The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 10, 1994 - 7

U.S. attempts to build ties
with Chinese government


Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - In the past
two months the Pentagon has moved
quietly but rapidly to develop mili-
tary ties with the Chinese People's
Liberation Army, raising questions
about what the new relationship means
and where it is headed.
Two months ago, in a private cer-
emony, a top Chinese general received
the same sort of honor at the Pentagon
Haitian President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide received on television.
Last month, Gen. Merrill McPeak,
U.S. Air Force chief of staff, visited
Beijing for talks with the Chinese
army's air force commander.
The new ties bear the personal
imprimatur of Defense Secretary
William Pc -v, who has been active in
promoting ccoperation between the
American and Chinese defense in-

dustries since his days as a Pentagon
official in the Carter administration.
Perry, who has maintained per-
sonal ties with some senior Chinese
military leaders, will cement the new
relationship with the Chinese army
next week, when he pays his own visit
to Beijing and establishes a U.S.-
China commission to discuss pos-
sible cooperation between the two
countries' defense industries.
He said his ties with Chinese leaders
"will be an asset in developing a good
relationship. The Chinese are very
strong ... for what they call old friends.
"We've got some hard problems
to work out with them," the defense
secretary said, citing China's sales of
missiles to Pakistan and other coun-
tries and the U.S. effort to secure
more Chinese help in stopping North
Korea's' nuclear program.

A number of observers, including
some U.S. government officials, be-
lieve the links will pave the way for
the sale of military-related technol-
ogy from American companies to
China. government official said.
Michael D. Swaine, a Rand Corp.
specialist on the Chinese army, ob-
served of American policy-makers:
"They seem to be trying to find a way
to create some kind of sales without
raising all kinds of reactions from
Congress. The logic of the situation
... is that the Clinton administration
is going to want to provide further
assistance to U.S. businesses in China,
including in areas that are defense-
But Perry denied there would be
any discussion of arms sales, technol-
ogy or any other American help for
China's military during his trip.

a staged fire alert. The

Amanda McCarthy, 9, crawls through the Ann Arbor Fire Department's Smoke House during;
fire department hopes to educate children about how to evacuate a house in case of fire.

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Police investigate cult leaders'
role in arms trafficking plot
GENEVA (AP) - The investiga- took their own lives. month-old son, three of the victims in
tion into the cult deaths of 53 people Authorities have suggested the Quebec, had been stabbed to death
in Switzerland and Canada has spread fires were set to hide evidence of the several days before the fire.
to France and Australia amid uncon- deaths. It is not known whether di Dutoit's mother, Jill Robinson,
firmed reports that the group's lead- Mambro, a French-Canadian who said at her home in England that her
ers were involved in arms trafficking lived in Switzerland, and the cult's daughter and son-in-law had quit the
and money laundering. other leader, Luc Jouret, a Belgian cult. Canadian officials said Dutoit,
Adding to the mystery surround- physician who lived in Switzerland 35, of Switzerland, had worked as a
ing the murders and possible suicides, and Canada, were among those found gardener for di Mambro.
the passports of Joseph di Mambro, a dead. There were unconfirmed news re-
cult leader, and his wife, Jocelyne. The French connection first sur- ports from Canada and Australia that
were delivered to the French Interior faced Saturday when police uncov- the two used the group as a front for
Ministry in Paris. ered an intricate incendiary device at arms trafficking through Australiaand
The French ministry would not an empty villa the cult used in south- money laundering in Swiss banks.
say if it knew who sent the passports ern France. An official of the Royal Bank of
or why. The device, which could have been Canada in Ottawa said the bank tipped
The bodies of 48 cult followers, triggered by a coded telephone call, off Canadian police in July about sus-
some of them shot in the head and was like the bombs that set off the picious activity in an Ottawa account
hooded with plastic bags, were dis- fires last week in Switzerland and of a cult member.
covered in the rubble of fires at three Canada. Royal Bank spokesman David
chalets and a farm in Switzerland. None of the victims' names have Moorcroft said he was prohibited by
Five other bodies were found in a been released, but yesterday, Swiss law from releasing the account-
charred chalet the cult leaders owned police spokesman Beat Karlen said holder's name, but he said the move-
north of Montreal. three Canadians were among the 23 ment of hundreds of thousands of
Some of the victims were obvi- who died at the Swiss farm. dollars without evidence oflegitimate
ously murdered, but Swiss officials In Canada, investigators said An- sources could trigger such a report to
left open the possibility that some tonio and Nikki Dutoit and their 3- police.

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