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GOP Keeps Up Heat On Possible Clinton-China Links

Thompson on CNN's 'Evans and Novak'  

Thompson: Forgo China trip until 'big, ugly mess' cleared up

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, May 23) -- Republicans are keeping up the pressure on President Bill Clinton to explain questions about possible links between 1996 Democratic campaign contributions and decisions to share U.S. satellite technology with the Chinese government.

In the weekly GOP radio address Saturday, Rep. Porter Goss, R-Fla., said "the administration needs to provide Americans with direct and full answers to important questions about all of this."

"How did it come about that highly sensitive technical information was given to the Chinese? Why did the president ignore the national security experts who counseled against this deal? What damage has been done to our national security?" Goss asked.

"We know that Chinese officials chose to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in the 1996 re-election of the Clinton administration. What we don't know is what they expected to gain from that investment," Goss said.

Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., in an interview on CNN's "Evans and Novak," called the questions about transferring technology to China a "big, ugly mess," and he said Clinton should seriously reconsider his trip there, scheduled for next month.

"I'm more concerned that if he goes, he's going to ... make agreements to transfer additional technology. It's been reported that he's thinking in those terms," said Thompson, who chairs a Senate committee that has been investigating 1996 campaign fund-raising irregularities.

Thompson: White House should 'stop and reassess'

"You have a lot of troubling questions ... You have some significant policy matters being determined in the midst of some very questionable activity involving a foreign government -- involving the very government that he is planning on visiting. So I don't think it's bad to stop and reassess that at this point," Thompson said.

More than 150 House members also have called for Clinton to cancel the trip, but the White House has said that is not an option.

The Justice Department is investigating whether political contributions, from either the Chinese government or American business interests, influenced the administration's China policies.

Former Democratic fund-raiser Johnny Chung has told Justice investigators that he passed on to the Democratic Party more than $100,000 from Liu Chao Ying, an official of a Chinese aerospace company who is also an officer in the Chinese army and the daughter of a top official in the Beijing regime.

After the donation, Clinton approved a waiver that allowed Loral Space and Communications -- whose chief executive officer, Bernard Schwartz, is a leading Democratic Party donor -- to launch one of its satellites on top of a Chinese rocket.

Friday, Clinton defended the waiver, saying it "was in the national interest, and supportive of our national security."

"There was absolutely nothing done to transfer any technology inappropriately to the Chinese as a result of this decision," he said.

In Beijing, Liu issued a statement this week denying that she ever gave political donations to the Democrats through Chung. But Thompson said based on his committee's investigation, such a scenario "totally fits with everything that we know."

"[The Chinese] has lied consistently. Not only do they lie about such things as transfers of nuclear technology, they have lied to us about their involvement in our campaign," Thompson said. "I wouldn't believe anything any of them said."

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Saturday, May 23, 1998

GOP Keeps Up Heat On Possible Clinton-China Links

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