Saturday, March 18, 2006

China's Missiles Violate the Status Quo

Suddenly, China has violated the status quo! It took only a few years for American officials to say it, but at last someone, even though a mere assistant secretary, has at last publicly stated that China's missiles and military build-up have altered the status quo in the Taiwan Straits:

A senior US defense official has accused China of changing the "status quo" in the Taiwan Strait by its missile buildup aimed at Taiwan, a situation that is forcing Washington to devise new ways to deal with the danger of a Chinese attack on Taiwan.

The official, Peter Rodman, the assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, also pointed out that the US has developed improved defense relationships with a horseshoe-shaped ring of Asian nations around China that might come into play if China attacks Taiwan.

He made his comments in testimony at a hearing on China's military modernization conducted by the US Economic and Security Review Commission, a congressionally established investigative body, in Washington on Thursday.


I wonder if this has anything to do with the NUC affair that brought high-ranking US officials to Taipei so that the DPP could talk directly to them. A fortunate by-product of the NUC "abolition?" In the meantime we can all look forward to a spate of Chen-is-crazed headlines to offset this one, like: "Chen Puts Socks on Left Foot First, Threatens Balance in Straits."

7 comments:

Thoth Harris said...

Well, recently, even Condee Rice has been probing China with questions about its motives for its massive military and increasing build-up therein.

So, there you have someone like her, who apparently doesn't like to meddle in things far-Eastern. The North Korean situation immediately comes to mind. - I mean how can you go into Irag to go after its supposed nuclear weapons and to topple statues of Saddam when North Korea said outright that it had weapons and its dictator hates the West and everyone therein! Hmm. Everyone knows this.

I guess China cares in an explicit foreign policy sort of way about North Korea and not Irag. Because North Korea is part of China's region.

STOP_George said...

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Interesting, indeed!

Sorry to go off-topic here, but I just have to get this info to you folks. It's about the 3.19 "conspiracy".

You know that mysterious "documentary film-maker" that Su dragged into one of his press conferences? He has been posting nonsense up at Forumosa for quite awhile now.

It turns out he may have deep connections to the KMT and TVBS.

Here's an excerpt from Johnny Neihu's editorial on Saturday:

He is apparently linked to an executive at Hong Kong-owned cable station TVBS through family, and had been given access to the company's equipment and footage to make a film as part of a tertiary film course in the US.

He has been interviewing the Chen family and a number of other witnesses over the last couple of years to try and keep this conspiracy story alive. What's more, he's been at it since 3.19!!

Which begs the question:

Why was an Asian-American college film student probing the 3.19 incident immediately after it happened -- using the offices of TVBS to do so?

This deserves it's own "truth committee".

Take a look at THIS thread.
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Anonymous said...

mt, don't you find it curious that 90% of the american "experts" that you enthusiastically quote to support your view on taiwan are well-known hardline china bashers or neocons? i mean, doesn't it trouble your "bit of a lefty" conscience?
thanks for the beautiful pics anyway..

Michael Turton said...

mt, don't you find it curious that 90% of the american "experts" that you enthusiastically quote to support your view on taiwan are well-known hardline china bashers or neocons? i mean, doesn't it trouble your "bit of a lefty" conscience?

You bet. But then it troubles it even more that the liberals, progressives and libertarians are so anti-Taiwan and pro-China. So which, really, is more preferable -- friendship with hardline anti-China crowd? Or a Taiwan that is a satrapy of Beijing? You have to play the hand you're dealt.

I'd like to make Taiwan more of a progressive issue, but don't know how. Suggestions?

Michael

STOP_George said...

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(sigh)

Michael:

Here's another one from what passes for "journalism" in your native country.

Here's a laughable excerpt from the L.A. Times pro-KMT Op-ed piece:

n the U.S., the political dispute has pitted the State Department against the Pentagon, which would be happy to broker an arms deal. Last week, former Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard Armitage visited Taipei with the message that Taiwan should take its defenses more seriously and quickly approve the purchase of U.S. weaponry. How Taipei can do that without upsetting the status quo is anybody's guess.

That's a new one for me! This U.S. / Taiwan arms deal is apparently going to change the status quo.

Hoooooo-boy!

And take a look at this slant on revisionist history:

As years passed and the fiction of "one China" became a fantasy, the Nationalist Party, or Koumintang, gave up the idea of returning to the mainland and began building a democratic China on Taiwan.

David DeVoss' utter lack of understanding of anything Taiwanese
glares at you like a neon sign when you read this passage:

But last week, the often-overlooked country once again became a major concern in Washington, as two huge rallies brought the nation to the brink of political impasse and raised the specter of regional instability.

Yet another one for you to rip apart, Michael.

Taiwan argues with itself, disturbing all
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Michael Turton said...

Damn! I have so much work to do! And you torture me with an article as baaaaad as that!

Michael

STOP_George said...

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Alas, if it wasn't one of the worst I've seen, I wouldn't have even posted it.

That ranks on the top 5, I think.

I expect to see worse when Ma does his twinkle-toeing in D.C., however.
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