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Taiwan Still Problem Between US And China

It is now over a half century since the defeated forces of General Chiang Kai-shek left the mainland of China and sought refuge in Taiwan. The Communist world of the 1940s is not the world of today in which the United States and China are important economic partners but issus about Taiwan continue to crop up. In 1979, the United States Congress passed legislation requiring America to provide Taiwan arms of a defensive nature. Again this year Congress returned to this piece of legislation to once again express its view of its necessity. The Chinese government has every right to become angry at interference in the internal affairs of another nation.

The solution for Taiwan is clear– recognize it is part of historic China and then become an autonomous functioning part of the nation with its current freedoms intact and the right to continue conducting its economy as has been done in the past. It is time to put this problem to rest.

China Proposes Improving Relations With Taiwan

At a time when bombings rock the Middle East, the government of China has moved to utilize peaceful strategies of dealing with its 60 year conflict with Taiwan. Chinese President Hu Jintao proposed that mainland China and Taiwan “engage in contacts and exchanges on military issues” in order to establish a system of mutual military trust. He believes such interaction will stabilize the situation and prevent the outbreak of any violence. He also proposed the two entities could sign a treaty of peace. In a sharp break with prior rhetoric, President Hu said: “people on both sides of the Straits share the responsibility of ending the history of confrontation.”

The President of China said his nation was prepared to work with Taiwan to ensure it could once again become a member of international organizations. He basically made clear if Taiwan accept the concept of “one China.” He is willing to conclude economic agreements and work to further cultural exchanges.

Perhaps, the offer of President Hu is a model that Israel and Palestinians authorities might emulate. It begins with establishing military trust and from that point, genuine peace can arrive.

China Urges Obama To Veto Arms Sales To Taiwan

The Chinese government has increasingly grown wary of President Bush’s attitude toward Taiwan and is very concerned over a recent American decision to sell that country $6.5 billion of arms. A spokesperson for Foreign Minister Qin Gang, said: “We hope that the US side will abide by its promise to respect the ‘one-China’ policy and oppose Taiwan independence.” Chinese officials are reaching out to newly elected Barack Obama and urging him to void the arms sales after he becomes president and engage with China in discussing the future of Taiwan. “The Chinese government holds a positive and open attitude toward contacts with Obama and his team, since it is conducive to a stable transition and he healthy and stable development of Sino-US relations.”

It becomes clear with each passing day how world leaders are disgusted with George Bush and seek to work with a new leader who is interested in solving, not creating problems. China wants peace, not hostility with the United States and hopefully, Barack Obama can help create such a partnership.

Why Is Taiwan-China Cooperation A US Concern?

The recently elected Taiwan government of President Mai Ying-jeou has undertaken efforts to improve its nations relations with China and apparently this has raised concerns in Washington D.C. Taiwan and China signed new agreements to increase flights between the two areas and to allow more Chinese tourists to visit the island. According to Chiang Pin-kung, of the Straits Exchange Foundation, the purpose of the “talks is aimed to create the foundation for cross straits peace.” He added, “there is no need for the United States to worry.”

An issue is why should the United States be involved when two parties seek to improve relations and why must Taiwan reassure the Americans about its efforts to develop an environment of peace with China? There are unconfirmed reports the Taiwan government has asked the United States to hold off on supplying it with billions of dollars worth of military equipment in order to avoid angering China. Is the loss of these sales the reason for America’s concern about peace? After all, the United States is among the world leaders in selling military equipment so there might be people in America who suffer when peace spreads on this planet.

Frankly, Taiwan and China discussions which center on peace should never concern America. It is about time the Bush administration ceased interfering in efforts to bring about peace.

Taiwan Walks Tightrope With China

Newly elelcted president of Taiwan, Ma Ying-jeou, whose confrontational pro-independence polcies have angered China has made clear he wants to find a way in which the rights of Taiwan can be protected without angering China. His Nationalist Party has never renounced a desire for an eventual unification with China, but that goal is hardly one which raises enthusiasm on Taiwan. Ma seeks to emphasize economic relations and push political issues to the backburner. He wants a huge expansion in tourists from China and would like to integrate Taiwan even more closely with the expanding Chinese economy.

Ma is being very careful to emphasize Taiwan’s link to Chinese history and will even refer to Taiwan as the Republic of China. He wants detente with China, he wants close economic ties, but he also wants Taiwan to control its own destiny as an independent democratic nation. Perhaps, in twenty years mainland China will have become a democratic society which would end any problems in bringing together these two historic Chinese entities.

US Urges China Its Military Build-Up Is Wrong

The United States military budget is greater than military budgets of the entire world, but the Bush administration feels no hesitation giving lectures to other nations about their military build-ups. John Negroponte, Deputy Under Secretary of State, told the Chinese government it should not be focusing military weapons at Taiwan since the only result is to increase tensions. “We believe China’s build-up as unnecessary and counterproductive. The anxiety it breeds on Taiwan encourages pro-independence inclinations.”

Perhaps, Mr. Negroponte can speak with President Bush about constructing missile bases on the border of Russia which ostensibly are aimed at North Korea or Iran. The Russian government has invited the United States to use bases in Russia to deter the North Korean or Iranian missiles but the US has turned down this offer. Apparently, it is alright for the Bush administration to cause anxiety and tension in Russia by this blatant effort to intimidate the Russians, but China is incorrect to focus a build-up near Taiwan.

There is no more need for a Chinese build-up near Taiwan than there is for an American build-up on the border of Russia against missiles that never will be fired from either North Korea or Iran.

China To Dalai-It’s You, Not Us!

The Chinese government has agreed to meet with representatives of the Dalai Lama, but has made it clear, they regard the source of all problems as stemming from refusal of the Dalai Lama to respect the intergrity of the Chinese nation. “it is hope that through contact and consultation, the Dalai side will take credible moves to stop activities aimed at splitting China, stop plotting and inciting violence and stop disrupting and sabotaging the Beijing Olympic Games so as to create conditionf for talk.” In other words, any problems in Tibet are caused by “separatist” elements led by the Dalai Lama. The Chinese government apparently does not regard any of its actions in Tibet as of concern to the process of creating a Tibet that can remain within the Chinese nation while still maintaining its own cultural traditions.

No one expects the Chinese government to openly acknowledge mistakes on its part. It is still too early in negotiations for China to shift its approach to one which allows the same type of autonomy as enjoyed in Hong Kong. In reaching a compromise which respects cultural differences in Tibet, the Chinese government is showing the people of Taiwan that it might be possible to have local autonomy within the confines of China.

China Seeks US-Japanese Support On Taiwan Issue

The recent election on Taiwan which resulted in victory for the Nationalist Party should have been a welcome indication to China that Taiwanese seek to maintain positive relations with the mainland government. Howeveer, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi went out of his wayin an interview with Russian journalists to emphasize “China hopes the United States and Jpan will carry out their promises of not supporting Taiwan independence.” Yang told the Russian reporters Taiwan is an emotional and political issue which his government insists must be resolved in a manner that respects the integrity and soverignty of the Chinese people.

The Taiwan issue was created at the same time as Communists gained control on the mainland and drove the last remaining Nationalist soliders to the safety of Taiwan. In that era, China lacked the military power to launch an invasion of the island due to America’s support for the Nationalist government of Chiang kai-shek. Unfortunately, the foreign minister does not grasp how the Tibet situation and its brutality in suppressing Tibet’s culture and values frightens people on Taiwan. The best way to reduce the influence of those seeking independence from China is to initiate discussions wih the Dalai Lama, encourage more local control in Tibet and allow Tibetans greater local autonomy. Those actions will ensure that Taiwan will drop any effort to declare itself an independent nation.

Pro China Party Wins Taiwan Election

Taiwan’s Nationalist Party scored a dramatic victory in the presidential election on Saturday and promised to expand economic ties with China while proecting the island from being swallowed up politically and become another Tibet which results in complete control by Beijing. Ma Ying-jeou told cheering crowds he will work for a less confrontational relationship with China and move away from the current government position the island should formally declare its independence and seek entry into the United Nations. The Chinese government insists Taiwan must recognize its historic relationship with China and avoid any action such as seeking to become independent.

Ma is particularly interested in expanding Chna-Taiwan high tech connections which every year sends billions of dollars’ worth of Taiwan’s advanced comoonents to low-cost assembly plants on Chna’s rapidly developing east coast. “We need to engage the mainland to improve our economy” was a typical view of many Taiwan businessmen.

The ironic aspect of the vote is that the Nationalist party is descended from those who fled China after being defeated in 1948. The cycle of life has turned and now Nationalists seek to reopen good relations with those who drove them from the mainland.

China’s Much Ado About Nothing

The island of Taiwan is engaged in an effort to hold a referendum which would allow it to apply for membership in the United Nations. China holds firmly to the idea Taiwan is an integral part of their nation which at this point in time has yet to be integrated within the nation. Jiang Enzhu, speaking for the Chinese government, warned Taiwan authorities they would pay a dear price if they continued these efforts to become an independent nation with membership in the United Nations. He insisted “safeguarding peace across the Taiwan Straits has been the most important and most urgent task for the compatriots on both sides of the Straits.”

There is no question the UN would turn down any Taiwan application for membership if one should be submitted. It simply is not going to happen and there is no need for China to issue bellicose statements threatening dire consequences. This issue was settled thirty years ago when President Nixon visited China and essentially ended America’s hope that China would end its communist government. It is time for Chinese authorities to relax and allow Taiwan political leaders to make sounds of independence that will never happen.