2005/03/15

China passes Taiwan secession law

Despite President Bush's opposition, China has passed a law giving it the right to use force against Taiwan if the island declares independence. U.S. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the United States objected to the resolution both because it was an attempt to solve the problem unilaterally and because it threatened non-peaceful means. Does anyone else find Boucher's statement to be hypocritical?

With China's People's Liberation Army at 2.5 million strong, a rocky relationship between China and the US would be detrimental and a threat to world peace. China's investment in their military over the last few years is a serious subject and is a major concern for the US. Thankfully for the rest of the world, China isn't attacking other countries and a war with Taiwan would almost be a civil war; although Taiwan would have my support, and the US has indicated they would defend Taiwan if China were to attack. This would be an extremely difficult situation for the United States to deal with; hence the Bush Administration's opposition to China passing the law.

On Sunday, Chinese President Hu Jintao stated that he would put national defense "above all else". "We shall step up preparations for possible military struggle and enhance our capabilities to cope with crises, safeguard peace, prevent wars and win the wars if any".

6 Comments:

China's possibly the most interesting country (or group of countries) out there. If they evolve into a country that can deal more responsibly on a global basis, they and the EU might prove the United States to be a relic. On the other hand, they could turn out to be the militaristic enemy of freedom in Taiwan, thus proving the need for a global thug like the US.

I can't claim to know enough about the region to speak authoritatively, but it strikes me as interesting to be sure. 

Posted by Evan
3/15/2005 02:28:00 am  
"Does anyone else find Boucher's statement to be hypocritical? "

Hey Jim, do you know what the French word "boucher" stands for? Butcher . Perfect name for someone in the Bush administration, LOL.

But seriously, this Taiwan issue sure is a sore thorn. I remember when for years the US pretended mainland China didn't exist, only Taiwan did, LOL. To think the US economy is now dangling off Chinese bankers strings is rather ironical.

Apart from military feasibility, I'm not sure the US would like to see one of their main source of credit getting cut off. And this could well be one reason why the Chinese government is now getting self confident about taking Taiwan by force. 

Posted by WhyNot
3/15/2005 05:56:00 am  
"Despite President Bush's opposition, China has passed a law ... "

Fancy that. The hide of the Chinese gov. I mean... passing laws in their own country without Bush's approval! Sheesh, methinks the US should go invade China and teach them some good wholesome christian democracy lessons. 

Posted by WhyNot
3/15/2005 08:34:00 am  
"Does anyone else find Boucher's statement to be hypocritical? "

Yes the statement is not only hypocritical but that he would have the audacity to make such a statement is beyond belief.

"China's investment in their military over the last few years is a serious subject and is a major concern for the US. "

Since Taiwan is protected by the US Navy I imagine US concern comes more from the fact that the US is dependent on Chinese financing to cover its deficit and prop up the dollar. In spite of so many scoffing at the idea China could easily destabilize the US economy. And since the US is bound to protect Taiwan against invasion (Taiwan Relations Act 1979) they seem between the proverbial rock and a hard place.  

Posted by Dianne
3/15/2005 11:19:00 am  
WhyNot/Dianne, you're both right bang on. It's basically a catch 22 for the US, defend Taiwan and lose money or abandon Taiwan for their economy's sake. I don't think they can win either way, hence the fact that Bush is likely praying that nothing comes out of it. 

Posted by Jim
3/15/2005 01:52:00 pm  
WhyNot/Dianne, you're both right bang on. It's basically a catch 22 for the US, defend Taiwan and lose money or abandon Taiwan for their economy's sake. I don't think they can win either way, hence the fact that Bush is likely praying that nothing comes out of it. 

Posted by Jim
3/15/2005 01:52:00 pm  

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