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China Upset At Congressional Resolution

The Chinese government expressed its concern over a resolution passed by the Foreign Affairs committee in the US House of Representatives that expressed “support on Taiwan’s democratic election.” The Chinese Foreign Ministry interpreted the move as an attempt to interfere with the concept of a “One-China” policy which is at the heart of China’s relations with the United States. The Chinese expressed their view there was a lack of understanding among members of Congress regarding the issues involved in this issue.

The current members of the House of Representatives are unfamiliar with the historic development of American policy toward China over the past fifty years. They apparently do not understand how successive American presidents were greatly influenced by the “China Lobby” that opposed recognition of Communist China and wanted America to be prepared to take military action against the Chinese communists. The continual interference in the internal affairs of China during this time period is hopefully at an end. Taiwan is not threatened by Chinese military action and over time the Taiwanese and Chinese will resolve this issue. There is no need for America to issue resolutions which only inflame the situation.

China should also be sensitive to the workings of the House of Representatives whose members are greatly influenced by local pressures.

Condi Rice Supports China On Taiwan Issue

Secretary of State Condi Rice told Chinese officials the United States will continue its support of the one China policy and regards any attempt of Taiwan to alter that relationship to be harmful to world peace. In talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jeichi, she reiterated her country’s opposition to any action on the part of the Taiwan government to take actions which would later the current relationship with China. She expressed opposition to a Taiwan proposal which would have a referendum on whether it should become part of the UN as an independent nation. Rice also urged China not to take unilateral action across the Taiwan Straits which might result in violence.

The Chinese government regards Taiwan as an integral part of its nation and any discussion about Taiwan is felt to be an intrusion into China’s sovereignty. Foreign Minister Yang welcomed Rice’s support because anything to the contrary would have resulted in a diplomatic incident. Taiwan has no support in the world for any desire on its part for independence. The people of Taiwan will simply have to accept the present situation and hope that in coming years a more democratic China will work out some form of mutual relationship that is beneficial to both parties.

Taiwan Threatens Independence From China

Sixty years ago, forces of the Chinese Communist Army formalized their control over the nation as thousands of Nationalist troops under the command of Chiang kai-shek fled the mainland in order to take refuges on the island of Taiwan(then called Formosa). The Chinese Communist government never recognized Taiwan as anything other than a province of their nation which was temporarily not under the control of its central government. Both sides, essentially, have agreed to keep things neutral with hope that someday the issue can be resolved without violence. For about forty years the United States backed the Taiwan government, but during the past few decades it has recognized the Chinese Communists as the legal government of China.

Taiwan officials have indicated they may consider a referendum which would legally result in secession from China, an action that will infuriate the Chinese Communist government. The United States is caught in the middle and simply prefers maintaining the status quo since an act of secession might result in military action on the part of the Chinese government. Hopefully, calm heads in Taiwan will move away from secession and maintain conditions as is. In the coming decade, Communist China will move further along the path toward democracy and Taiwan eventually can become integrated within a democratic China.

China Demands End Of US Arms Sales To Taiwan

The ever present issue of Taiwan continues interfering with relations between the United States and China. In 1949, as Chinese Communists took control of China, its deposed leader, Chiang kai- chek, fled to Taiwan with the remnants of Kuomintang troops. Since that event, the presence of an independent Taiwan has created turmoil and hostility between the United States and China. The Chinese government is upset at sale by America of arms, ammunition, and anti-missile equipment to Taiwan. It is difficult uncovering a logic al reason why Taiwan needs anti-missile arms. If, in the unlikely event, China launched an attack on Taiwan, such equipment would be destroyed within hours. China is ready to make some sort of agreement with Taiwan that might be accepted by both parties. For example, Taiwan could acknowledge it is a province of China, but is granted local autonomy and retention of its democratic rights. Perhaps, not a perfect solution, but one that would end the silly concept of an independent Taiwan that requires arms to fight a war that never will occur.

Chinese Govenment Offers Negotiation

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) proposed a peace agreement with Taiwan that would end the half century of conflict between the two areas. Hu Jintao, general secretary of the Communist Party, said China was ready to conduct “exchanges, dialogue, consultations, and negotiations with any political party on Taiwan as long as it recognizes that both sides of the Straits belong to one and the same China.” This is the first time China has indicated this desire for open negotiations with Taiwan.

Cynics may decry the offer because it clearly indicates any final resolution will contain a statement or agreement that Taiwan is part of China. However, the willingness to discuss the issue opens possibilities for a multiple array of solutions which ensures Taiwan is part of China, but allows Taiwan considerable freedom to pursue its own policies and maintain its democratic political system. Certainly, this is an opportunity for dialogue and Taiwan must be willing to explore any and all possibilities for resolution of this conflict which contains the seeds of possible war.