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China: "Taiwan independence simply means war."

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  • thekoba@aztecfreenet.org
    ================= Begin forwarded message ================= Dear Kevin, Lately there has been lots of talk by the president of Taiwan about independence, and
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 22, 2003
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      Dear Kevin,

      Lately there has been lots of talk by the "president"
      of Taiwan about independence, and China has been
      pretty blunt in rejecting any such ideas. Here's an
      article from the on-line People's Daily. Of course
      this all won't come to a head for several years, but
      this article is interesting in that it takes the US to
      task - something China has not done much of for a long




      Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Friday, November 21,

      Chen Shui-bian's plan a blueprint for disaster
      Taiwan "president" Chen Shui-bian recently made a
      dangerous move by unveiling a timetable for a new
      constitution through referendum. He states the
      island's new constitution will be completed on
      December 10, 2006, and come into force on May 20,
      2008, when the island's new leader is inaugurated.

      Taiwan "president'' Chen Shui-bian cannot wait for the
      island's independence.

      As a desperate step towards achieving that goal, Chen
      recently unveiled a timetable for a new constitution
      through referendum, which states the island's new
      constitution will be completed on December 10, 2006,
      and come into force on May 20, 2008, when the island's
      new leader is inaugurated.

      The schedule for the new constitution, which is
      expected to provide Chen a "legal'' basis for
      independence, is essentially the schedule for Chen to
      separate Taiwan from China.

      The move was not only Chen's thinly-disguised ploy to
      win re-election in the coming "presidential''
      competition, but also the latest development in his
      conspiracy for independence.

      It is not unexpected for Chen Shui-bian to be crazy
      for Taiwan independence, given his out-and-out
      pro-independence character prior to and during his

      His "Five Nos'' commitment, such as not to pursue
      Taiwan independence and not to push for a constitution
      through referendum, has proven to be a blatant lie.

      It was at most Chen's trick to win favour from Taiwan
      people to consolidate his weak political foundation
      during his initial "presidency.''

      Chen immediately exhibited his conspiracy to pursue
      Taiwan independence once he considered his political
      foothold in the island secure. He has adopted a series
      of measures to realize a gradual independence, such as
      the moves to erase China's characteristics.

      To gain votes from the island's independence forces,
      he also reaffirmed on many occasions that his
      confrontation with political rivals in the forthcoming
      "presidential'' election would be the confrontation
      between his "one country on each side'' theory and the
      one-China principle.

      Signs indicate Chen Shui-bian is now racing against
      time to orchestrate his independence plan.

      His recent pronouncements were only another exposure
      of his penchant for creating an independent state of

      But fundamental reasons behind Chen's increasing
      audacity for pursuing independence should be examined.

      Chen and his ilk would have never had the temerity to
      go farther and farther against the will of the Chinese
      people, including Taiwan compatriots, without support
      from foreign pro-Taiwan forces, especially those in
      the United States.

      The Taiwan issue would have never become a question
      without US intervention.

      On the one hand, the United States makes its
      commitment to adhere to the one-China policy and not
      to support Taiwan independence, but on the other hand,
      it gives Taiwan oral and material support, thus laying
      down a serious obstacle to mainland-island

      The latest example was a suggestion by US Deputy
      Secretary of State Richard Armitage on Tuesday that
      the Bush administration should deploy sufficient
      forces in the Asia-Pacific area to lower tensions
      between the mainland and Taiwan. As well, the United
      States recently provided a platform for Chen
      Shui-bian's independence stand on his way to and from

      In fact, some Pentagon officials have always supported
      Taiwan's military buildup to fend off the perceived
      "threat'' from the mainland.

      Washington has stated on many occasions that it would
      not allow any official visit to the United States by
      Taiwan leaders, but it has always provided convenient
      stopovers while they paid visits to other countries.

      Such stopovers by Taiwan leaders have provided them a
      platform to disseminate Taiwan independence.

      It is exactly this kind of support from the United
      States that has helped add fuel to Taiwan independence
      forces' conspiracy.

      According to international law and norms, the United
      States should have completely halted its weapons sales
      to Taiwan after establishing diplomatic relations with
      the People's Republic of China in 1979, given that
      Taiwan is an integral part of China.

      But the United States has not been as good as its

      Shortly after setting up formal ties with China, the
      US Congress passed the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA)
      which regulates US relations with the island.

      The TRA stipulates that the United States bases its
      decision to set up diplomatic ties with China upon
      China's peaceful solution to the Taiwan question, and
      it should provide Taiwan necessary defensive weapons
      to protect the island from the mainland's military

      The act is completely a domestic legislation of the
      United States and Washington should not use its
      domestic law to interfere in other countries' internal

      Offering Taiwan almost all treatments that sovereign
      countries enjoy with the United States, the act has
      provided Taiwan with the largest incentive to seek

      It's a fact that the United States has enormous
      economic interests in Taiwan, and it is also
      understandable that the United States is concerned
      about how the mainland and Taiwan are reunited,
      peacefully or by force.

      But the US concern should not provide itself an excuse
      to intervene in China's internal affairs.

      No country covets a peaceful reunification between the
      mainland and Taiwan more than China. The Chinese
      people also have the right of reserving an effective
      military means to smash any Taiwan independence

      In fact, the US one-China policy and its commitment
      not to support Taiwan independence is completely
      contradictory with the TRA.

      It is a deliberate ambiguity the United States has
      been harboring in dealing with the mainland and

      The United States has kept the two contradictory
      policies for many years at the sacrifice of the
      interests of China.

      It is the US wish that it can balance the mainland and
      Taiwan by clinging to the two lines and it can gain
      benefit from a peaceful and stable cross-Straits

      But the United States will miscalculate the situation
      if it continues holding to the past mentality.

      The current cross-Straits situation is not the
      mainland pursuing reunification by force, but Taiwan
      separatists stepping up their independence programme
      by relying upon sophisticated weaponry from the United

      Independence simply means war.

      Unceasing arms sale to Taiwan may also be interpreted
      by separatists as US support for Taiwan independence,
      thus binding the United States upon the war chariot of
      Taiwan independence.

      The US perspective of Taiwan as its "unsinkable
      aircraft carrier'' in the Asia-Pacific region during
      the Cold War is no longer suitable. And its ambiguous
      strategy across the Taiwan Straits does not work any

      It is time for the United States to re-orient its
      policy towards cross-Straits relations and rid Taiwan
      separatists of any expectation for foreign involvement
      in a potential cross-Straits conflict.

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