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Dr. Helen Caldicott - The New Nuclear Danger
China's view of America has taken a radical turn since 1998 when, in its second white paper on national defence, it mentioned the United States ten times, each in a positive fashion. In September 2000, its third white paper mentioned the U.S. thirteen times - and all save two of the references were negative. China's attitude has been soured by events in recent years, including:
The bombing prompted serious internal debate about whether China should accelerate its military spending. However, the central committe decided to reaffirm its former emphasis on economic development.
- The expansion of NATO
- The strengthening of the U.S.-Japan military relationship
- A congressional report charging Chinese nationalists with two decades of espionage in the U.S
- The National Missile Defence (NMD) system
- The allied bombing of the Chinese embassy in Yugoslavia, which killed three [Chinese] journalists.
Brandywine Peace Community-Resisting Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin spent more than $9.8 million in 2001 lobbying members of Congress and $2.7 million in campaign contributions for the 1999-2000 election cycle,
Arms Makers Look Overseas to Make Profits
Nevertheless, the signers of the letter--Boeing Chairman Philip M. Condit, Textron Chairman James F. Handyman, General Electric Vice Chairman Eugene F. Murphy, Lockheed Martin Vice Chairman Vance D. Coffman and Northrop Grumman Chairman Kent Kresa--could surely look on the campaign contributions as wisely spent.
...Those five companies plus three other major arms manufacturers [...] contributed $6.8 million to political candidates and parties in the two years leading up to the 1996 elections
The Best Defense - A Guide to the Interests Driving the FY2004 Defense Budget
Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, General Dynamics and United Technologies—the Defense Department’s six largest contractors last year—already have spent close to $19 million on lobbying in 2003.
The Center for Public Integrity
Top Contributors to Federal Election Campaigns: 1995 to 2000
Contributor - Location - Amount
United Parcel Service Inc. - Atlanta - $6,546,755
Lockheed Martin Corp. - Bethesda, Md. - $5,251,152
Enron Corp. - Houston - $4,359,116
Boeing Co. - Seattle - $4,014,564