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REVOCATION OF CHINA TRADE STATUS URGED

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Sen. Pete Wilson said Saturday that maintaining business-as-usual with China's repressive regime is "intolerable" and called for revocation of that country's favored trading status with the United States.

"The United States must be a moral leader," the California Republican said in an appearance on CNN's "Newsmaker" Saturday. "I think we've got to do that with some concrete, tangible means."He expressed dismay at President Bush's reluctance to go beyond a cutoff of military sales in protesting Beijing's crackdown on pro-democracy students.

Wilson said he will offer a non-binding resolution on Monday calling for revocation of China's most-favored-nation trading status. Trading partners with that status are guaranteed trade relations with the United States that are as favorable as with any other nation.

Although such a resolution is non-binding, Wilson said it is important to put Congress on record against the Chinese regime's bloody repression of the pro-democracy movement, its massacre of peaceful demonstrators near Tiananmen Square and its continued campaign to arrest and denounce the dissidents.

"The United States is the largest direct investor in the People's Republic of China," Wilson said. "The hope is that a more moderate leadership takes over, but one can assist that to come about." He said the United States pressured the Soviet Union on human rights reforms and should do the same with China.

But a former ambassador to China, Winston Lord, echoed Bush in saying that trade sanctions often hurt the people instead of the government. Lord argued that ultimately, the aged Chinese leaders will pass away.