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Profiles on countries, leaders and agendas of the G8 countries

Date Posted: 2000-06-10

Bill Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19th, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas. At twelve years old, he regularly attended church by himself. His church minister as well as his grandfather saw to it that he developed strong moral character. In high school, he seemed to assume the householdís head position as he called his motherís lawyer and helped her divorce an abusive stepfather.

He attributes his political ambition to a meeting with President John F. Kennedy during a group tour at the age of sixteen. He enrolled into Georgetown University and became president of his freshman class. Later he earned a position with the much-admired Senator William J. Fulbright. A former Rhode Scholar himself, Senator Fulbright was instrumental in Clinton of further education at Oxford University. Clinton went on to receive a degree from Yale Law where he met his future wife, Hillary Rodham. After a couple of stints as Professor of Law and Attorney General of Arkansas, Clinton became the youngest Governor in the US in over four decades. He went on to capture the Presidency in 1992.

The USA, Ethnically Diverse But Rocky History With Japan

Gaining its independence from the United Kingdom in 1776, the United States of America currently spans 9.6 million square kilometers and boasts the most ethnically diverse population in the world, estimated at over 270 million people. A healthy economy during the current Clinton Administration has boosted the average income to over 30 thousand dollars. After hitting a record deficit of 290 billion dollars in 1992, the US expects to record a 100 billion-dollar surplus this year.

The United States has a long and rocky history with host-nation Japan. Commodore Mathew Perry first arrived in 1853 and began modern relations with the Kanagawa Treaty. The United States played a key role in Japanís modernization, but tensions flared with the passing of an anti-Japanese immigration law in 1924. Japanís 1931 invasion of China eventually culminated in the attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States emergence into World War II. Japan eventually surrendered with the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

US-Japan relations steadily improved in the post-war era. Okinawa was eventually returned to Japan in 1972 as US occupation was drastically reduced. Current tensions, however, include Japanís increasing surplus in international trade as well as the continued US military presence.

What United States Hopes To Bring To Summit Table

A very capable President Bill Clinton will represent the United States and its aggressive agenda. Preceding the actual G-8 meeting, US officials have already addressed several concerns in Group of Eight meetings and various other international encounters.

Due to recent scares, cyberspace and information technologies will be particularly high on the agenda. International law has yet to adequately address the issue of cyber-crime. On the flip-side, the US must deal with proposals to curb its e-commerce edge through internet taxing laws. A growing digital divide will only further the gap between the First and Third Worlds and thus demands a serious look.

Since four of the largest arms producers will be present, the areas of arms will again need to be addressed. Small arms trade is viewed as one of the leading components toward the perpetuation of war and terrorism. A huge step may be taken since 90 percent of the worldís arms production will be represented. One can expect the US-Russia Nuclear Missile Defense meeting from a week ago to continue here.

The recently publicized push for Third World debt relief will also resume. Supporters are hoping for 70 billion dollars worth of debt relief. And as the leading economic power, the United States should have the largest influence on this issue.

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