U.S. agrees to sell supercomputer to China, officials say Administration aims to embrace, not isolate, Beijing

WASHINGTON -- In a good-will gesture toward China, the Clinton administration has agreed to sell it a sophisticated $8 million supercomputer, senior administration officials said yesterday. The decision is part of the administration's strategy to embrace, rather than isolate, China despite disagreements over human rights, weapons proliferation and trade. The Clinton administration is determined to grab an ever-larger share of China's market, the fastest growing in the world, and reduce a trade deficit that could exceed that with Japan by the end of the decade.

Clinton Approves Technology Transfer to China

The Clinton Administration notified Congress today that it had approved the export of technology to China to permit the launching of a communications satellite aboard a Chinese rocket next month. President Clinton said in a letter to Congress that the transfer would not harm national security or significantly improve China's military capability in space. The President was required under a 1998 law to certify that all such technology exports are in the national interest.

Clinton Aide’s Databank Venture Breaks Ground in Politicking

When Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton needed help rounding up superdelegates, she turned to Harold M. Ickes, the ultimate Democratic fixer, who is now working round-the-clock for her, drawing on his vast energy and decades of political connections. He is president of Catalist, a for-profit databank that has sold its voter files to the Obama and the Clinton presidential campaigns for their get-out-the-vote efforts. With his equity stake in the firm, Mr. Ickes stands to benefit financially no matter which candidate becomes the Democratic nominee.

Libya Headlines

Libya is a disaster. Gaddafi's removal from power sent all of North Africa into a downward spiral. At the time, the media hailed it as a huge success, but as time has passed, a crisis has unfolded. What was once one of the most stable and prosperous nations in all of Africa has become a safe-haven for international crime syndicates, including ISIS, dealing in oil, drugs, and people. From all over Africa, millions of people are being trafficked north, through Libya, and into Europe. The region is in chaos, and there is no end in sight.