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Rev. Jesse Jackson on China


Appeal to Chinese morality; apologize when needed

Jesse Jackson has offered to go to China to work for the release of 24 US servicemen. “If a delegation appealing to the Chinese directly would help, we’d be willing,” Jackson said. “We’ve done it before, and each time we were successful.”

Jackson said he was not criticizing President Bush’s efforts, but pointed to international disputes he has successfully mediated, including helping free Americans in Syria, Iraq and Yugoslavia. “In each instance, we had to make a moral appeal,” Jackson said. “You do it in a way that does honor to our country. Religious people can be a bridge.“

Jackson said he would not interfere with US diplomatic efforts, but added that he thought the US should apologize for the collision of a US spy plane and a Chinese fighter that led to the present standoff between the two countries. ”I think our government should say: ‘If we have violated you in any way, it was not intentional and we apologize,“‘ Jackson said. ”Getting Americans home is worth expressing an apology.“

Source: CNN.com Apr 10, 2001

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