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NATION/WORLD

House approves defending

Taiwan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House overwhelm-
ingly passed a resolution yesterday saying the United
States should make clear to China that any attack on
Taiwan will not be accepted.
The non-binding resolution reaffirms the 1979
Taiwan Relations Act and states that "United States

military forces should de-
fend Taiwan in the event of
invasion, missile attack, or
blockade by the People's
Republic of China."
The 369-14 vote occurred
as Secretary of State War-
ren Christopher made plans
to meet the Chinese foreign
minister next month to dis-
cuss the Taiwan crisis and
other issues straining U.S.-
Chinese relations. The Sen-

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said on ABC's "Nightline."
Lawmakers called the Clinton administration's "stra-
tegic ambiguity" and quiet diplomacy in response to
China holding military exercises off Taiwan's shores
insufficient.
"It is very, very important that the United States of
Americamake clear to the
People's Republic of
tedu.States China that a war of ag-
gression waged against
sJ on this the democracy on Taiwan
will not be accepted, not
k war by the United States, not
by the free world," said
ik essi Rep. Christopher Cox (R-
Calif.) a chief sponsor of
:p. Christopher Cox the measure.
(R-Calif.) "If the United States is
ambiguous on this point
we risk war through weakness," he said.
Meanwhile, the administration approved the sale of
Stinger surface-to-air missiles and an advanced target-
ing and navigation system for fighterjets to Taiwan but
denied the Taipei government's request for new sub-
marines. The approval came during an annual meeting

between Taiwan and U.S. defense officials on the
island's military needs, The Washington Post reported.
The newspaper also reported that the administra-
tion notified Congress yesterday that it was proceed-
ing with the transfer of $368 million in military
equipment to Pakistan despite its recent purchase of
sensitive nuclear equipment from China.
Pakistan purchased the American missiles, Navy
aircraft and other Army and Air Force equipment in the
1980s but its delivery had been held up over claims that
Pakistan was violating U.S. nuclear proliferation laws.
Christopher is to meet with Foreign Minister Qian
Qichen on April 21 in The Hague, Netherlands, after
accompanying President Clinton to a summit meeting
with Russian President Boris Yeltsin in Moscow, an
administration official said.
In early April, Defense Secretary William Perry
will hold talks in Washington with the Chinese de-
fense minister, Chi Haotian, Pentagon spokesman
Kenneth Bacon said.
The State Department and senior administration
officials have declined to say publicly if U.S. troops
would come to the defense of Taiwan in the event of
an invasion, sticking to a policy of "strategic ambigu-
ity" as defined in the Taiwan Relations Act.

NATIONAL REPORT
Heavy snowstorms blamed for deaths
A last blast of winter plastered the Ohio and Tennessee valleys with heavy, we
snow yesterday, closing schools, sending cars skidding off highways and leaving
thousands of people without electricity.
"It's just been a lousy winter," Connie Smith said while taking refuge in a cof
shop in downtown Indianapolis. "It's been one of the worst we've had in a 1
time.
"Terrible," said Eric Todd, toweling melted snow from his chilled face while
waiting for an Indianapolis bus.
On the last full day of winter, up to a foot of snow was possible in parts o
Kentucky, with a chance of 10 inches in Indiana, the National Weather Servic
said. Six inches fell in parts of Tennessee and flurries blew through Georgia, which
had damaging thunderstorms just the day before.
"The last (storm) we had killed my daffodils, but my hyacinths and tulips ha
just come up. I'm sure I won't have any now," said Shirley Greene of Hendersonvill
Tenn.
Indiana and Kentucky each blamed one traffic death on the weather. And
skidding in southern Indiana struck a bus carrying mentally handicapped adu
slightly injuring a dozen people.

ate is expected to take up the resolution soon.
Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) called
the situation "very dangerous," adding, "We've got
some responsibility to Taiwan."
"It seems to me that we'd have some obligation to
come to their defense if something happened," Dole

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Clinton submits
$1.6T budget for 1997

The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - President
Clinton yesterday proposed a $1.64 tril-
lion budget that reaches balance by the
turn of the century, offers modest
middle-class tax cuts, preserves spend-
ing for his domestic priorities - and
effectively opens the Washington phase
of the 1996 presidential contest.
The 1997 spending plan sent to Con-
gress amounts to a Clinton re-election
platform as much as it does a guide to
federal spending over the next seven years.
Republicans generally treated it that way,
denouncing it as awash in gimmicks,
delayed savings and empty promises.
But Clinton, in a news conference pre-
senting the proposal, called on Republi-
cans to seize the last moments before the
campaign envelopes Washington to end
the partisan budget gridlock that has shut
down the government twice and threat-
ened the government's ability to pay its
debt. With the 1996 budget unfinished,
thousands ofgovernment programs are in
doubt this year.
"We should enact a balanced budget
and we should do it now, not after the
November election, not after the politi-
cal season, not later but now," the presi-
dent said of his 1997 plan. "The Ameri-
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the right thing to do."
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balanced budget; Clinton vetoed it,"
House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.)
said. "Who's he kidding? We passed
tax cuts; Clinton vetoed those."
House Budget Committee Chairman
John Kasich (R-Ohio) and Senate Bud-
get Committee Chairman Pete
Domenici (R-N.M.) voiced disappoint-
ment there was nothing in the proposal
to provide grounds for a compromise
with GOP leadership. "I thought there
might be some significant change that
would cause us to have a bipartisan
budget ... but there is no change,"
Domenici said.
House Appropriations Committee
Chairman Bob Livingston (R-La.) said,
"This budget has nothing to do with
responsibly paying the nation's bills. It
has nothing to do with balancing the
budget. It has everything to do with
buying votes for the upcoming presi-
dential election."
The first hints ofwhetherthe rhetoric
and political positioning will lead to
cooperation on some or any major pro-
posals - the budget, welfare reform or
Medicare or Medicaid restructuring -
could come today when Clinton and
Republican leaders, led by Clinton's
likely GOP opponent, Senate Majority
Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) meet at the
White House.
PRI MARY
Continued from Page 1.
to vote, but couldn't because they are
not registered in the district.
Norton saidshenoticedthis too. "There
is a lack of interest or knowledge about
the primary," she said.
LSA junior Sue Priver said she voted
in the March 5 Massachusetts primary
by absentee ballot. As she worked in
the Union's Campus Information Cen-
ter yesterday, Priver said she saw very
little traffic toward the polls.
"It should be people's perogative to
vote, but I don't know how much people
on campus know about it - there's a
lack of awareness," she added.
Although yesterday's turnout was
low, Priver predicted a greater turnout
in the November election between Dole
and Clinton.
In addition to Dole's win, officials in
the city of Detroit also celebrated vic-
tory last night as voters approved the
ballot proposal that permitted use of
public funds for the building of a new
Tiger Stadium downtown. Pending a
state lawsuit, all other funding has been
approvedand the stadium is scheduled
to be ready for the 1998 season.
LSA-SG
Continued from Page 1.
The Michigan Party slate plans to
increase LSA-SG involvement on the
Code. "We need to teach students who
apply for a judiciary position how to do
their jobs before they begin them,"
Scublinsky said.
For Kovacs, the government's main
objective should be to do more for stu-
dent groups than just allocate funds and
must get beyond political battles. "We
need to focus on the issues, not the
parties and the politics," he said.
Despite the advice of LSA-SG
President Rick Bernstein, the race felt'
the influence of party politics last
week.
On March 13, LSA-SG election di-
rector Mark Borgman issued a ruling
stating that because of a technicality in

House opens debate
on immgration bill
WASHINGTON - The House of
Representatives opened debate yester-
day on the broadest immigration-re-
form bill in 30 years, bringing to the
floor sharp disagreements in both par-
ties over such issues as whether to re-
duce the number of legal immigrants,
create a new agricultural guest-worker
program and increase government over-
sight of private business.
America's systems for controlling
legal and illegal immigration are both
"clearly broken" and in urgent need of
reform, said Rep. Lamar Smith, (R-
Texas), the bill's chief sponsor. Oppo-
nents, including prominent Republi-
cans, argue that legal immigration is
not a problem and that efforts should be
focused on curbing the influx of illegal
aliens instead.
Behind the bill's central aims of
cracking down on illegal aliens and
gradually cutting back legal immigra-
tion are more complex controversies
over big government, welfare abuse
and the changing face of American so-
b
China begins new
round of exercises,
criticizes U.S.
BEIJING - With Taiwan's first
democratic presidential elections just
four days away, the war of words be-
tween China, Taiwan and the United
States shows few signs of abating.
China began the latest in a series of
military exercises near Taiwan yesterday
by pounding one of its own islands offthe
southeast coast in a mock invasion, while
in Beijing, a Foreign Ministry spokesper-
son verbally pounded the United States
for sending warships to the region.
"China expresses its displeasure with
the United States for grossly interfering
in China's internal affairs and for the
brazen show of force," Shen Guofang
said at a regularly scheduled Foreign
Ministry news conference. "The United
States must immediately stop its activi-
ties designed to interfere in China's
internal affairs and intensify the ten-
sions in the Taiwan Strait area."
Although most diplomats and China
experts keep predicting that tensions

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opposed by an odd amalgam of conser
vative Republicans, liberal Democrats
libertarians, ethnic groups and refuge
advocates, including the U.N. Hig
Commissioner for Refugees.
FTC targets 'deman
drat' scams
WASHINGTON - The Federa
Trade Commission said yesterday it i
using new regulations, legal action an
an educational campaign to fight sca
artists who are using the "demand draft'
to rob consumers of tens of millions o
dollars a year.
A demand draft is an account hold
advance permission to have money take
from his or her checking account to pa
a bill. Demand drafts are widely used t
cover mortgage payments, insurance pre
miums, and other regular bills.
The drafts look like checks but instea
of a signature they carry a notice sayin
the account holder has given permissio
to have money withdrawn from his o
her checking account. Banks treat t
as if they were personal checks.
will soon diminish and that all side
will avoid physical force, there wer
no indications yesterday that tension
are easing.
Judge grants divorce
to Mandelas
JOHANNESBURG - After a tortu
ous day that ended with Winnie Mandel
firing her lawyer and standing alone t
plead for sympathy, a Supreme Cou
judge yesterday declared the 38-ye
marriage of South African Presi
Nelson Mandela and his estranged
officially dissolved.
The divorce ends months of privat
wrangling and two days of poigna
public disclosures that cast Mandela, th
grandfatherly symbol of national raci
reconciliation, as unable or unwilling t
reconcile with the wife he said made hi
feel like the "loneliest man."
Although Winnie Mandela did n
take the stand, she shaped a defense th
argued a debt is due her for keepind
Mandela name alive and for her su
ing in the struggle against apartheid.
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