The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 31, 1997 - 7
The tWashington Post
WASHINGTON - Zhang Lin, a
newly arrived dissident from China, sat
on park bench across the street from
the White House on Wednesday, taking
a cigarette break to reflect on his first
A erican-style protest rally.
Yes, he was glad hundreds of demon-
stators had filled Lafayette Square to
W est human-rights abuses in his native
China. Yes, he welcomed the show of
support by abroad range of Americans.
But by Chinese standards, he noted,
the- turnout was small, there were too
many disparate groups, and the atmos-
phere, while boisterous at times, paled
inr omparison with the euphoria at the
heikht of pro-democracy demonstra-
tions in China eight years ago. At the
, Zhang was a young labor organiz-
who helped lead nearly 50,000
Chinese workers, peasants and intellec-
tuals in protest marches in his native
Behgbu, a transportation hub in eastern
China's Anhui province.
"Maybe this was not a very large
pretest because Americans are so used
to seeing rallies," Zhang offered. "In
China, you never see rallies like this."
At 34, Zhang has served five stints in Ben Wu takes part
jaili the most recent one in a labor camp Wednesday during t
1 re he says he was constantly beaten.
'ter escaping from China to avoid His first taste of
another arrest, he arrived in New York whirlwind of n
oncOct. 9, and he is seeking political protests and the tin
asylum. He shares a modest two-bed- American political
room apartment in Queens with a of Capitol Hill, hi
Chinese graduate student and is learn- easy it is for ord
ing to navigate the New York subway walk "right up to e
system and the U.S. Immigration and "When I lived i
Naturalization Service. never get within 50
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"I don't know that that's from the ordinance, but the ordi-
iance is certainly part of the permissive atmosphere" Mackie
said. "As a citizen, I think it would be a real positive message
to revoke the law."
Doing so would counteract the "image of Ann Arbor as
Jiang says he will cooperate
with U.S. on 'China's terms'
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - After a testy
Capitol Hill meeting with members of
Congress, Chinese President Jiang
Zemin ended his visit to Washington yes-
terday with a defiant speech in which he
promised peaceful cooperation with the
United States, but on China's terms.
While saying that China would move
toward democracy and greater open-
ness, Jiang gave no ground on any of
the human rights issues that clouded his
meeting with President Clinton ott
Wednesday, voiced suspicion about
U.S. policy on Taiwan, and emboldened
his remarks with flourishes of ideologi-
In a luncheon address to foreign pol-
icy organizations, Jiang defended
China's human rights record in Tibetby
comparing the brutal suppression of an
internal uprising in 1959 with the
emancipation of American slaves.
"Today's Tibet is developing prosper-
ously and people there are living and
working in happiness and content-
ment," he said.
In broader terms, lie said, "As China
becomes more and more developed with
its people leading a better life, it can only
promote world peace and stability rather
than pose a threat to anyone." But he
added that "world peace remains threat-
ened as the old unfair and irrational
international economic order is yet tobe
Jiang left Washington late yesterday,
at the mid-point of an eight-day U.S.
tour. He traveled to Philadelphia and
New York, where he was to spend today
before continuing on to Boston and Los
Angeles. His stop here was Ihighlighted
by a summit meeting that produced sev-
eral bilateral agreensents on economic
and security issues but dramatized the
deep gulf hetw ees Washington and
Beijing on human rights.
Yesterday, Jiang reiterated an inter-
pretation of human rights that has been
contested strongly by Clinton and
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
In China, he said, fundamental rights
provide for food and shelter, not the
right to political dissent.
"Before adequate food and clothing
is ensured for the people' he said, "the
enjoyment of other rights would be out
of the question."
Jiang said China remains committed
to "the cause of building socialism with
Chinese characteristics in the 21st cen-
tury by holding high the great banner of
Deng Xiaoping Theory," which means
liberalizing the country's economy but
not its political life,
Over breakfast, Jiang engaged about
50 congressional leaders of both parties
in a polite but tough.debate over human
rights and other issues such as weapons
Even though he was entering the lair
of some of China's most vociferous crit-
ics, Jiang ran into little more than point-
ed, provocative questions that appeared
in keeping with the cautious but coop-
erative tone of Wednesday's White
Lawmakers later described the
exchange as "encouraging" but "not
entirely to our satisfaction" as Senate
Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.)
put it after the 90-minute, closed-door
"Today's Tibet is
- Jiang Zemin
While major disagreements contin-
ue, "the framework for a peaceful evo-
lution of this relationship (between the
United States and China) is there,"
added Ilouse Speaker Newt Gingrich
But Gingrich, who was invited by
Jiang to visit Tibet, also noted that he
reminded Jiang "you cannot have eco-
nomic freedom without political free-
dom and you cannot have political free-
dom without religious freedom. You can-
not have a system that is half-totalitarian
and half-free. It will not survive." And
House Majority Leader Richard Armey
(R-Tex.) handed Jiang a letter protesting
religious persecution in China and call-
ing it "the central obstacle to better rela-
tions" with democratic countries.
During a session that lasted a half-
hour longer than planned, Jiang defend-
ed China on all counts.
"We can now claim that never before
has the Chinese society been so pros-
perous and open as today," Jiang said in
a prepared text. China intends to
"expand democracy, improve the legal
system, run the country according to
law and build a socialist country under
the rule of law," he added.
in an anti-China demonstration outside the White House
he visit of Chinese President Jiang Zemin.
reedom has been a Communist Party leader, much less a
tws conferences, delegate?' he said, referring to members
est glimpse of the of China's rubber-stamp parliament, the
ystem. After a tour National People's Congress.
marveled at how "Everything is out in the open, open
nary Americans to for scrutiny here" he said. "In China,
ected officials" you can never see what the government
China, you could is doing because they're afraid of the
meters of a Chinese people."
supporting a drug culture" - an image, he said, that is held
throughout the state.
Sheldon said she is not yet ready to submit the Community
Awareness of Substance Abuse request to City Council. She
said she hopes to meet with the group again, and that she
might be willing to increase the penalty to a higher amount
- though not as high as state penalties.
"I do not want to resort to those severe penalties," Sheldon
M tlock, assistant vice provost and director of the Office of
Academic and Multicultural Initiatives.
"The student-alumni exchange gives students the opportuni-
to talk to about 15 different professionals about career oppor-
tunities and internships,' he said.
I The council also expects about 300 alumni at its Saturday
night fund-raising banquet, where the guest speaker will be
U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick (D-Detroit).
Homecoming also gives various student groups the opportu-
to show off their talents to University graduates. One group
rforming this weekend is the Comedy Company, a student
ch and improvisational comedy show sponsored by UAC.
"Our show 'Com Air' gives alumni a chance to visit with
did friends, and still do something on campus after the
game," said LSA junior Erica Hermatz, one of two producers
of the show, which will be held in the Michigan Union tomor-
vow night at 8.
One student group that will benefit from Homecoming is
the $1,000 winner of the Alumni Association-sponsored
"Village on the Mall" miniature display of Ann Arbor con-
test. Each business that participated donated $175 to have a
replica of their building constructed.
"Each student organization that participated built a struc-
ture to resemble either the sponsor's business or a building on
campus," Nuttle said. One important criterion was that the
structure be weatherproof because the display will be on
Ingall's Mall through Sunday, Nuttle said.
Ann Kolkman, Student Alumni Council president, said the
Village on the Mall contest was a great way to increase stu-
dents' involvement in Homecoming.
"Homecoming here is just getting started and I don't think
there is a lot of student support behind it yet," Kolkman said.
"But it definitely has the potential to grow and become some-
Alpha Phi Omega took 1st Place in the contest with a
replica of the store front of M-Den. UAC won 2nd Place
with a replica of Hill Auditorium. The Black Volunteer
Network won 3rd Place for building a model of The
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