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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 193-01
May 02, 2001

STATEMENT REGARDING MILITARY CONTACTS WITH CHINA

An internal Department of Defense staff memorandum dated April 30 misinterpreted the position of Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld regarding military-to-military contacts with the People's Republic of China. The secretary's guidance requires that all DoD programs, contacts and activities with the People's Republic of China will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis.