China in Kyr­gyzs­tan

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitic­s -

A con­fi­den­tial State Depart­ment cable made pub­lic last week high­lights China’s role in the U.S.-led war on ter­ror­ism.

The U.S. am­bas­sador in far-off Bishkek, Kyr­gyzs­tan, con­fronted China’s am­bas­sador about a covert at­tempt by Bei­jing to bribe the govern­ment there to shut down the strate­gic U.S. mil­i­tary tran­sit base at Manas in ex­change for $3 bil­lion in cash.

The Feb. 13, 2009, cable signed by Am­bas­sador Ta­tiana C. Gfoeller re­vealed that Chi­nese Am­bas­sador to Kyr­gyzs­tan Zhang Yan­nian “did not deny cat­e­gor­i­cally” the covert cash of­fer to close the base, which is a

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