IS NOT A STATE, MERELY A STATE OF MIND
which is neither, is not only excluded but has full diplomatic
relations with few others because of Chinese threats."
Shawcross, be advised Taiwan is not a state. Taiwan has never
been a state. No state named Taiwan exists or has ever existed.
Taiwan is a province of China. What Mr. Shawcross and
other self-designated foreign policy "experts" refer to as "Taiwan"
is merely one province belonging to a state called the
Republic of China. The Republic of China's territory includes
the entire Chinese mainland.
Republic of China's Constitution, like the Peoples' Republic
of China's Constitution, unequivocally specifies that its sovereign
territory encompasses both the mainland and all offshore islands,
including Hainan and Taiwan. In other words, both the constitutions
of the regime in Beijing and the regime in Taipei agree there
is only one China. The only disagreement is over which regime
is legitimate, and which is not.
Lee Teng-hui and Chen Shui-bian are talking about is a horse
of a different color. What the Taiwan separatist elite are talking
about is establishing a pro-Japanese "Republic of Taiwan," a
defacto satellite to Taiwan's former colonial occupier, Japan.
Do I need to tell you this is a non-starter, not only with Beijing,
but with patriotic Chinese on Taiwan who consider their constitution
more than just a piece of paper?
US FROM THE PEACEKEEPERS OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER
we are informed "is on the board of the International Crisis
Group , and is the author of the forthcoming Deliver Us From
Evil: Warlords And Peacekeepers In A World Of Endless Conflict."
His bio in itself speaks volumes. International Crisis. Evil.
Endless Conflict. Do I really need to editorialize?
GOOD. CHINA BAD. WASHINGTON PUNISH.
one of Asia's newest and most effective [sic!] democracies,
is nearing its March 18 vote for a new president. Just as during
the last such election in 1996, mainland China is threatening
to invade. Every time Beijing acts in such a way, it diminishes
the myth that there is but "one China." In the run-up to the
1996 presidential election, the People's Liberation Army fired
missiles into the Taiwan Strait and backed off only when Washington
sent two carrier battle groups into the area.
me to translate. "Taiwan good. China bad. Washington punish."
mind that China has been divided into far more than just two
parts more times than most historians can keep track of, and
eventually reunified into One China.
mind that all those political explosions and implosions in China
occurred millennia before these United States ever came into
being, and that a Chinese civil war being fought on the
opposite side of the Pacific is none of our damned business.
Remember Vietnam? Anybody?
mind that that's not the way things went down, that what
happened was the Gauleiters of the New World Order stood down,
pulling the Seventh Fleet out of the Taiwan Straits when they
realized PLA attack submarines were no longer in their submarine
pens along the Fujian coast, and the Pentagon had no clue where
THE HALLS OF MILOSEVIC TO THE SHORES OF TAIWAN
omniscient foreign policy elites are nothing if not consistent,
in their own perverted way. Their "Beijing bad, Taipei good"
spin for the Taiwan Straits is a virtual Xerox copy of their
"Chetniks bad, KLA good" spin for the Balkans.
as Bill and Tony's Amazing Balkan Adventure provoked the very
"ethnic cleansing" they claimed to dread, so the China Threat
Theorists' foreign policy prescriptions, were any administration
demented enough to implement them, would provoke the very sort
of shooting war they have been sounding the alarm over.
anyone wants to witness a self-fulfilling prophecy unfolding
before their very eyes, like a slow motion film of a building
rigged for demolition, just listen to the China Threat Theorists'
chest-thumping "Yellow Peril" alarmism, and watch as storm clouds
gather over the Taiwan Straits.
week, China demanded that Taiwan start talks on reunification-or
face invasion. A White Paper warned that China would be forced
to take "drastic measures, including military force," if Taiwan
continued to delay talks on eventual reunification. "Taiwan's
position is that reunification can indeed be discussed-when
China is democratic."
us the "we must come to the defense of democracy" nonsense Mr.
who knows anything about Mssrs. Lee Teng-hui, Chen Shui-bian
and the Taiwan separatist elite's real agenda, knows this is
pure unadulterated baloney. Rather than repeat myself here,
I will merely refer readers to an earlier piece, "Taiwan
Independence and the Stockholm Syndrome."
has no interest whatsoever in imposing communism on the Taipei
administered region of China. To anyone with even a shred of
intellectual honesty, it should be abundantly clear that Beijing
doesn't even want communism for the mainland, let alone Hongkong,
Macau, and Taiwan.
fact Beijing wants to "de-communize" the mainland as fast as
humanly possible. The most daunting obstacle of course, is massive,
and I do mean massive, unemployment. To get a idea of the scale
of unemployment we're talking about, remember that China has
a population of 1.3 billion. According to some estimates some
two to three hundred million Chinese are out of work. That's
as much as the entire population of these United States . Millions
of former government employees, out on the street, a sad but
unavoidable consequence of the most ambitious jettisoning of
socialist folly ever attempted in human history.
Beijing merely wants to prevent Taiwan secession, and eventual
recolonization by neofascist forces in Japan. Taiwan's "democracy"
or more accurately, pseudo-democracy, has nothing to do with
either Beijing or Taipei's real concerns. See "Taiwan's
WILL THEY EVER LEARN
does us the favor of providing a concrete illustration of the
global interventionists' arrogance, ignorance, and myopia for
transformation of Taiwan is quite astonishing. When I first
visited it in the early 1970s, it was a dingy military dictatorship
under the complete control of aging Kuomintang generals. The
press was under strict government control; dissidents were rounded
up... Bookshops were filled with cheap, pirated copies of bestsellers
published in the West... I called on the Foreign Ministry's
spokesman, who informed me that communist China, still in the
throes of the Cultural Revolution, would undoubtedly fail and
that the Taiwanese model would be triumphant. I am ashamed to
say that I thought he was talking nonsense. It gives me great
pleasure that I was so wrong. On a recent visit, almost everything
that I saw on my earlier visits had gone from Taiwan. Fruit
and rice exports have been replaced by high-technology goods.
Above all, the Kuomintang had turned the country towards pluralism
and itself into a genuinely democratic party. Taiwan has problems
, of course, but its successes are stunning. It has a system
people can trust. In China, by contrast, such trust is largely
TO THE FUTURE
was vintage Shawcross, circa 1970. Three decades ago. What's
uncanny is how Shawcross 1970 sounds uncannily like Shawcross
Y2K. The only difference being the object of his fear and loathing.
Go back inside his passage and substitute "mainland China" for
"Taiwan" and see what happens.
me to write Shawcross' March 4, 2030 editorial for him, thirty
years in advance.
transformation of China is quite astonishing. When I first visited
it in the late 1990s, it was a dingy dictatorship under the
complete control of aging Communist Party apparatchiks. The
press was under strict government control; dissidents were rounded
up... Bookshops were filled with cheap, pirated copies of CDs
and videotapes published in the West... I called on the Foreign
Ministry's spokesman, who informed me that Zhu Rongji's ambitious
program to radically privatize China's state owned enterprises
(SOEs) would succeed, and China's reformers would emerge triumphant.
I am ashamed to say that I thought he was talking nonsense.
It gives me great pleasure that I was so wrong. On a recent
visit, almost everything that I saw on my earlier visits had
gone from China. Agricultural exports have been replaced by
high-technology goods. Above all, the CCP had turned the country
towards pluralism and itself into a genuinely democratic party.
has problems, of course, but its successes are stunning. It
has a system people can trust.'"
yet to collect on a $100 bet I made in the late sixties with
a self-styled "Red Guard" at Rice University in Houston, Texas,
who shared Shawcross' interventionist, command economy skepticism
about the transformative power of economic liberalization on
a society's social and political institutions.
"SHIBBOLETH" OF ONE CHINA?
so, whoever wins the Taiwanese presidential election, the threat
from China will remain paramount. Beijing's belligerence makes
the reunification it demands ever more unlikely. A sense of
a new Taiwan with its own civic consciousness is emerging. The
shibboleth of 'one China' seems ever more archaic."
"belligerence," which Shawcross refers to, is the only thing
preventing the Taiwan separatist elite from hijacking a province
of China, against the will of 80% of the ROC's population, and
handing it over to Japan, the same way the puppet Pu Yi ("The
Last Emperor") made a gift of China's Manchurian region to Japan.
who remember Lee Teng-hui's notorious interview with Japanese
journalist Ryotaro Shiba, followed up by Lee's "unofficial"
official Cornell visit, know full well who provoked the current
crisis. Frankly, I'm not the only ex-Cold Warrior in Taiwan
who is astonished at how patient Beijing was before they finally
"shibboleth of one China." Finally we're getting to the truth.
This is what Benevolent Global Hegemonists really object to.
This is what sticks in their craw. The prospect of a politically
unified, economically prosperous 21st century Chinese superpower,
which need no longer need bow before the likes of pompous gunboat
diplomats George Will, Arthur Waldron and William Shawcross.
RUSH IN WHERE WISE MEN NEVER STRAY
Global Interventionists are truly amazing, aren't they? They're
so out of touch, so far behind the curve, so plain WRONG, so
often, one almost feels sorry for them. In fact all of this
would be amusing, if Shawcross' and his ilk weren't so dangerous.
The antics of fools can be hilarious. The antics of fools able
to exert an undue influence on American foreign policy are anything