China Unmasked: 'An Ally Does Not Put Friends on Trial,' American Values President Bauer Says

Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Values

    WASHINGTON, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- "Reports in the foreign press that our
 servicemen and women held illegally in China may be put on trial must be met
 with the strongest response," Gary Bauer said Wednesday. The former
 presidential candidate and president of American Values is well known for his
 concerns over U.S.-Chinese relations because of China's human rights record
 and has argued that national security concerns must be weighed more heavily
 than trade issues when dealing with the communist nation.
     Bauer continued: "The sad truth of China's real character can now be read
 in headlines worldwide. It is in stark contrast to those who have tried to
 sell the American people on the idea that China is a benevolent nation on the
 way to becoming a close friend through trade. The outrageous treatment of our
 servicemen and women unmasks the reality of the Chinese situation -- that this
 is an emerging power ready to aggressively challenge the United States. An
 ally does not put friends on trial.
     "Americans will not tolerate the criminal treatment of our servicemen and
 women. China's behavior is especially egregious because our personnel were
 endangered in a flight accident that the Chinese themselves caused. Their
 refusal to release our citizens and their illegal boarding of our aircraft
 show that China is not acting as an ally, but as an aggressor nation. This
 situation must be treated with the utmost seriousness."
 
 

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    WASHINGTON, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- "Reports in the foreign press that our
 servicemen and women held illegally in China may be put on trial must be met
 with the strongest response," Gary Bauer said Wednesday. The former
 presidential candidate and president of American Values is well known for his
 concerns over U.S.-Chinese relations because of China's human rights record
 and has argued that national security concerns must be weighed more heavily
 than trade issues when dealing with the communist nation.
     Bauer continued: "The sad truth of China's real character can now be read
 in headlines worldwide. It is in stark contrast to those who have tried to
 sell the American people on the idea that China is a benevolent nation on the
 way to becoming a close friend through trade. The outrageous treatment of our
 servicemen and women unmasks the reality of the Chinese situation -- that this
 is an emerging power ready to aggressively challenge the United States. An
 ally does not put friends on trial.
     "Americans will not tolerate the criminal treatment of our servicemen and
 women. China's behavior is especially egregious because our personnel were
 endangered in a flight accident that the Chinese themselves caused. Their
 refusal to release our citizens and their illegal boarding of our aircraft
 show that China is not acting as an ally, but as an aggressor nation. This
 situation must be treated with the utmost seriousness."
 
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