News In Brief
As Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji began a six-day US tour in Los Angeles, President Clinton urged active engagement with China during a foreign-policy address in Washington. Meanwhile, negotiators were said to be working furiously to strike a trade deal that could be announced during Zhu's visit to Washington today and tomorrow. Zhu was to dine with Clinton this evening - and meet tomorrow with World Bank and International Monetary Fund officials.
A list of European goods subject to 100 percent tariffs retroactive to March 3 will be published in the next few days, US trade officials said. They claimed victory after the World Trade Organization (WTO) said the US could impose tariffs on $191.4 million worth of European Union exports annually. The WTO did not give the US - which had claimed $520 million in lost trade due to EU banana-import policies - everything it asked for, but US officials said the decision set precedents that could help to resolve an agriculture trade dispute with the EU and a trade disagreement with Canada over magazines.
Up to 20,000 Kosovo refugees will be housed at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the White House announced. Spokesman Joe Lockhart said it would be several days before any refugees would travel to the base - and none would be sent there against his or her will.