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Christopher Says Administration Is Neutral With PM-China-Olympics, Bjt

September 23, 1993

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Secretary of State Warren Christopher today asserted U.S. neutrality in the selection of the site for the Olympic Games for 2000, although he said the human rights records of the contenders had been provided to the international selection committee.

China is considered the front-runner, with Sydney, Australia, having strong support, as well.

″The United States has not taken a position with respect to the various competitors,″ Christopher said. ″The United States will accept whatever decision is made.″

However, he added in response to a reporter’s question: ″We have provided information on the human rights records of all the possible candidates.″

Critics of the Chinese government have urged Beijing not be awarded the Summer Games. The State Department has frequently criticized China’s treatment of political dissidents and prison laborers.

President Clinton this year extended China’s equal access to American markets, but warned he might suspend its ″most-favored nation″ status next year if there was no improvement.

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