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Monday, 30 April, 2001, 09:44 GMT 10:44 UK
Bush's 100 days as a world leader

As George W Bush marks his first 100 days in the White House, BBC News Online reviews the key issues that have faced his presidency so far.


    100 days in office

    It has been an eventful few months for the new president
    It has been an eventful few months for the new president

    What is the verdict?
    A celebration at the White House marks 100 days in office for the new US President. With a foreign policy crisis with China and concerns over the US economy, the BBC's Stephen Sackur looks at the record so far.


     Click here to watch Stephen Sackur's report


    Missile defence
    A Tomahawk missile launches from a US ship
    A Tomahawk missile launches from a US ship

    Bush endorses 'Son of Star Wars'
    On 18 January Mr Bush's administration signalled its determination to develop a national missile defence system.




     Click here to watch Paul Reynolds' report


    President Putin's webcast for BBC News Online
    President Putin's webcast for BBC News Online
    Russia opposes US move
    Russian President Vladimir Putin criticised the plans claiming they would violate international arms control treaties and could endanger global security.




     Click here to watch President Putin's comments during a webcast for BBC News Online


    Kosovo

    US troops in Kosovo
    US troops in Kosovo
    Powell alters Bush campaign pledges
    On 5 February US Secretary of State Colin Powell announced troops would remain in the Balkans, despite pre-election promises by Mr Bush to cut their numbers. The move was widely welcomed by European allies of the US.

     Click here to watch Andrew Clark's report


    Iraq

    President Bush defends air strikes on Iraq at a news conference in Mexico
    President Bush defends air strikes on Iraq
    US and UK bomb Iraq
    On 16 February US and UK aircraft attacked sites outside the Iraqi capital Baghdad. The targets they struck lay outside the imposed no-fly zones.


     Click here to watch President Bush's news conference



    Russian protesters hold a poster reading 'hands off Iraq'
    Russian protesters hold a poster reading 'hands off Iraq'
    International reaction
    Russia and China were highly critical of the air strikes and France pointedly refused to endorse President Bush's policy.


     Click here to watch David Loyn's report





    Korea

    Two soldiers from North and South Korea at the countries' border
    Soldiers from the two Koreas
    Bush says North Korea is a threat
    On 7 March, after meeting the South Korean president, Mr Bush announced the US would not resume talks with North Korea saying the country could not be trusted to disarm.



     Click here to watch Richard Lister's report


    North Korean leader Kim Jong Il
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Il
    North Korea calls off talks
    On 13 March North Korea abruptly cancelled talks with South Korea. It was a move widely seen as a reaction to the Bush administration's new hardline policy towards the country.



     Click here to listen to Caroline Gluck's report


    Climate change

    President Bush said the US economy comes first
    President Bush said the US economy comes first
    Bush abandons Kyoto treaty
    On 28 March the US said it would not fulfil its obligations under the Kyoto protocol on climate change because it posed a threat to American jobs and did not require action from developing nations.


     Click here to watch Stephen Sackur's report.

    Climate change could lead to more extreme weather conditions
    Climate change could lead to more extreme weather conditions
    International reaction
    The US encountered a hail of criticism from Europe, Japan and developing nations such as China. But some countries, including Australia and Canada, expressed sympathy for Mr Bush's decision.



     Click here to listen to the EU's Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstrom who says the US must not abandon its responsibilities


    Spy plane stand-off

    A Chinese guard stands outside the US embassy in Beijing as anti-US sentiment grows in the city
    A guard stands outside the US embassy in Beijing
    US spy plane downed in China
    On 1 April a US spy plane was forced to land in China after a collision with a Chinese fighter plane. The subsequent detention of the crew became Mr Bush's first foreign policy crisis.


     Click here to watch President Bush's statement during the stand-off


    The downed US spy plane on Hainan Island
    The downed US spy plane on Hainan Island
    US offers 'apology'
    After days of painstaking negotiations the US finally secured the release of its air crew.








     Click here to watch Matt Frei's report


    Taiwan arms sales

    The USS Curtis Wilbur equipped with the AEGIS system, the only significant system that the US declined to sell to Taiwan
    The USS Curtis Wilbur
    Bush says US will defend Taiwan
    On 25 April, after authorising arms sales to Taiwan, President Bush said that the US would defend Taiwan if attacked by China making the strongest commitment yet to the defence of the island.


     Click here to watch Fiona Werge's report

    Bush landmark
    President Bush is celebrating with a Congress lunch
    President Bush is celebrating with a Congress lunch

    President Bush has a very different style from his predecessor Bill Clinton- he spends much less time in Washington and speaks out less. It has led some to ask the question, who is really running the new administration?



     Click here to watch Jonny Dymond's report


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