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April 23, 1997 - Statement of Jeffrey A. Bader
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Before the House International Relations Committee
Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Noting "significant achievements" in U.S. policy toward China, Bader
said "China played an important cooperative role in our successful
effort to freeze North Korea's nuclear program, and we have worked
with China to our mutual advantage on...  nuclear nonproliferation.... 
We also, however,....  forthrightly express our concerns about
proliferation of weapons of mass destruction."

Russia: Reports That Mir Mission Will Be Canceled Denied
Moscow; 23 April 1997 (RFE/RL) --Valeri Lyndin, a 
spokesman for the ground control center near Moscow,
said that an early return to Earth for the crew was
N-O-T being considered....  Earlier today, Mission Control
Center spokesman Viktor Blagov said that toxic fumes inside
Mir from a leaking coolant had reached the maximum 
acceptable levels....He said the crew had NOT been able to 
repair one of three leaks within the cooling system.  ... Frank 
Culbertson, head of NASA's Shuttle-Mir program,
said today that he is unaware of any plans to abandon the
current mission.