The Shotgun Blog
Sunday, September 30, 2007
A Strong and Moderate Taiwan
Part of a statement, appeared on "Voice of America", by the US State Department on Taiwan:
"The U.S. supports Taiwan's vibrant and prosperous democracy and continues to oppose Chinese coercion of Taiwan in any way. The United States believes that a militarily strong and politically moderate Taiwan is essential to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. The United States will remain the steadfast partner of the people of Taiwan as they seek to advance their interests in the years ahead."
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How about a "moderate" Communist China? All in favour, raise your hands.
Posted by: obc | 2007-09-30 8:07:10 AM
Right on OBC!
The ChiComs have been giving Taiwan a hard time since the '50s when they constantly shelled the islands of Quemoy and Matsu. If China wants to be recognized on the world stage , they would be well-advised to give up all claims over Taiwan. Personally I would never trust them to keep their word, but it could signal a start.
Posted by: atric | 2007-09-30 9:01:52 AM
..."The United States will remain the steadfast partner of the people of Taiwan"
...until WalMart decides to raise their prices and Chinese made cars are sold at GM to save management jobs in Detroit.
Posted by: tomax7 | 2007-09-30 9:15:12 AM
. . . or until (Heaven forbid!) the Chinese-bought candidate Shrillery Clinton is elected.
Posted by: obc | 2007-09-30 9:21:05 AM
If I were Taiwanese I should prefer a strong defence rather than depending on the U.S. to come to my defence. The Americans ignored their steadfastness when communist China demanded that recognition of Taiwan as an independent and free country be rejected in order for American businesses to access the Chinese market.
The Americans, like all others, will place their own self-interest first, especially economic. I do not blame them, but neither should any other independent country forego its national defence while counting on the Americans (or any other) to defend it in time of attack.
Posted by: Alain | 2007-10-01 10:53:36 PM
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