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Their proposals seek to press China on human rights
WASHINGTON (June 23) -- With congressional lawmakers likely to approve normal trade status to China for another year, China critics plan to present various alternative proposals to advance human rights in China. At least a few of the proposals have President Bill Clinton's backing.
Late last week Clinton won support for his China engagement policy from Rep. John Porter (R-Ill.), a longtime foe of most-favored-nation status, by agreeing to fund 24-hour, U.S.-backed radio broadcasts aimed at China. Clinton also agreed to beef up funding for the U.S. Endowment For Democracy, a group that promotes elections abroad.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who reluctantly agreed to back normal trade status for China, asked the president to work with Porter and House members on a package of additional programs, which would:
Separately, Rep. Christopher Cox announced plans to introduce an package of reforms the day after Congress votes on most-favored-nation status. The California Republican said in a statement that Clinton "has failed to act firmly to promote freedom and human rights in communist China."
Cox's program would:
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