Summary: H.R.2232 — 105th Congress (1997-1998)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to Senate with amendment(s) (05/27/1998)

Radio Free Asia Act of 1998 - Authorizes appropriations for FY 1998 and 1999 for: (1) Radio Free Asia; (2) international broadcasting activities for enhanced Voice of America broadcasting to China and North Korea; and (3) radio construction in support of enhanced broadcasting to China. Earmarks amounts for: (1) one-time capital costs; (2) additional personnel to staff Cantonese language broadcasting; (3) augmentation of transmitters at Tinian, the Northern Mariana Islands; and (4) additional personnel and broadcasting targeted at North Korea.

Directs the President to report to the Congress on a plan to achieve continuous broadcasting of Radio Free Asia and Voice of America to China in multiple major dialects and languages.

Requires the Voice of America to broadcast public service announcements, by radio, television, and Internet, regarding fugitives from the U.S. criminal justice system, including cases of international child abduction.