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China-U.S. Relations: Current Issues and Implications for U.S. Policy [Updated July 8, 2005]   [open pdf - 157KB]

"Much of current concern about China appears driven by security calculations at the Pentagon and in Congress. In remarks at a Singapore Conference in June 2005, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld questioned the motivations behind China's expanding military budget and stated that a congressionally mandated DOD report in 2005 concludes Beijing is greatly understating its military expenditures. The DOD report referred to has been delayed for some weeks, apparently the result of bureaucratic in-fighting about the report's conclusions. In the February 2005 State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, U.S. officials again classified China's human rights record as poor. Beijing continues its crackdown on independent religious organizations, citizens accused of leaking state secrets, and other political activists. Bilateral economic and trade issues remain matters of concern, with U.S. officials and Members of Congress this year particularly criticizing China's failure to halt piracy of U.S. intellectual property rights (IPR) products and China's continued artificially low peg of its currency to the U.S. dollar."

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CRS Report for Congress, RL32804
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2005-07-08
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