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4. Hong Kong
As a follow-up to the Founding Act concluded between the US and Russia, President Clinton will
confirm his support for the admission of three East European countries into NATO: Poland, Hungary and
the Czech Republic.
The Administration has focused much of its second term foreign policy agenda on the "Africa
Initiative." The goal is to transform the relationship from one of donor/recipient to one of partnership
through trade and investment. The Initiative includes elements of debt relief and loan refinancing and the US
will attempt to secure Summit approval for its agenda. A second element relates to infectious diseases in
general and AIDS in particular. President Clinton has committed the US to finding a vaccine for AIDS in
the next 10 years. He will seek Summit ratification of his timetable.
With the Five-Year Anniversary of the Rio Summit on the Environment coming up less than a week
after the Denver Summit, President Clinton will make the environment a priority at the Denver Summit of
the Eight. The US will make Oceans and their protection a priority and will attempt to secure Summit
endorsement for that aim. A second environmental objective will relate to the reduction of greenhouse gas
emission, which the US wants to put at the top of the agenda for the UN Framework Convention on Climate
Change in Kyoto, Japan this coming December. The US will try to rally international support for this goal in
4. Hong Kong
The sovereignty of Hong Kong will be transferred to the People"s Republic of China less than nine
days after the Denver Summit of the Eight concludes. The United States will attempt to secure Summit
approval for a resolution supporting the continuation of civil liberties in Hong Kong after the transition to
The US has been praised for its efforts to curb money-laundering. It will press for further Summit action in
this area with a particular emphasis on cooperation in apprehending suspected criminals. Continued support
for anti-drug policies among the Summit nations will also be an American focus.
Contributors: Mike D'Abramo, Stephen Snell, Darren Foster, and Wendy Kwok.