Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Democratic Party and Taiwan

Democratic Party Platform. Taiwan is the last sentence, one sentence. The phrase "One China" policy there is ambiguous -- is it the official Dem position that Taiwan is part of China, or are the Dems following the US One China position in which Taiwan is not part of China?


Asia-Pacific. As we have sought to rebalance our foreign policy, we have also turned greater attention to strengthening our alliances and expanding our partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region. In part, this is in recognition that the United States has been, and always will be, a Pacific power. And, in part, it is a recognition that America’s future security and prosperity will be fundamentally interconnected with Asia given its status as the fastest growing economic region, with most of the world’s nuclear powers and about half of the world’s population. The President has therefore made a deliberate and strategic decision that the United States will play a larger and long-term role in shaping this region and its future.

President Obama has made modernizing America’s defense posture across the Asia-Pacific a top priority. We remain committed to defending and deepening our partnerships with our allies in the region: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand. We will maintain a strong presence in Japan and on the Korean Peninsula to deter and defend against provocations by states like North Korea, while enhancing our presence in Southeast Asia and in Australia. We will also expand our networks of security cooperation with other emerging partners throughout the region to combat terrorism, counter proliferation, provide disaster relief, fight piracy, and ensure maritime security, including cooperation in the South China Sea. And we will continue to invest in a long-term strategic partnership with India to support its ability to serve as a regional economic anchor and provider of security in the broader Indian Ocean region.

Meanwhile, the President is committed to continuing efforts to build a cooperative relationship with China, while being clear and candid when we have differences. The world has a profound interest in the rise of a peaceful and prosperous China, but China must also understand that it must abide by clear international standards and rules of the road. China can be a partner in reducing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, countering proliferation in Iran, confronting climate change, increasing trade, and resolving other global challenges. President Obama will continue to seek additional opportunities for cooperation with China, including greater communication between our militaries. We will do this even as we continue to be clear about the importance of the Chinese government upholding international economic rules regarding currency, export financing, intellectual property, indigenous innovation, and workers’ rights. We will consistently speak out for the importance of respecting the universal human rights of the Chinese people, including the right of the Tibetan people to preserve their cultural and religious identity. And we remain committed to a one China policy, the Taiwan Relations Act, and the peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues that is consistent with the wishes and best interests of the people of Taiwan.
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philippe mckay said...

Ambiguity is a useful tool....I think it reflects the fact that Taiwan less so than the roc is meaningless in American domestic politics....why risk clarification when it offers little reward

Anonymous said...

Because ambiguity is also a detriment. As in all relationships, communication is the key. Mistakes may be made if there is a misunderstanding due to ambiguity. ...or worse.. the US is pulling away from Taiwan and due to the ambiguity, Taiwan doesn't know it till its too late.

Readin said...

I hate to say it but I like the Democrats' platform statement better than the Republicans'. The Democrats don't say much, but what they say clearly is that the resolution has to be consistent with the wish of the Taiwanese.

The Republicans do also say that the resolution has to be agreeable to the Taiwanese, but they also imply either ignorance of the situation or a buy-in of the CPC-KMT "Taiwan is a province of China; Taiwan is the Free China" rhetoric. The Republicans say “We salute the people of Taiwan, a sound democracy and economic model for mainland China”. Have they not yet gotten over the Cold War?