become chess games in China with every bit of information and misinformation
used to gain some sort of advantage or benefit or connection. China's
economy is growing and everybody wants a piece of the pie and in
this country where caprice and money are the rules of law, politicking
(i.e. lying and cheating) becomes an art form.
definition, the government is the most skilled liar and most adept
cheat in town. The
Chinese government has recently been accused of having contacts
with the Taliban as well as having paid $10 million for dud Cruise
missiles that landed in Afghanistan in 1998. Of course, the government
denies it all. But they also deny selling any weapons to Pakistan.
And the government also denies any knowledge of the fiber-optic
lines built for Baghdad and Kabul by Chinese firms.
problem is not selling weapons. America does its share of selling
(to apartheid South Africa back in the day, for example) but the
point is that anything the Chinese government says should be treated
as a lie until proven otherwise. Actually, I give this advice to
anyone with the misfortune of living under any government....
recent Chinese News Service article gives an in-depth description
of Osama being betrayed and murdered by his own men. Now how would
Chinese journalists have access to such information if they have
"no contact" with the Taliban? The story is probably untrue,
as the traitors would have most definitely presented his body by
now (unless there is even more conspiracy and treachery underfoot),
but the report flies in the face of Foreign Ministry denials of
any contact with the Taliban.
was tight with the Taliban up until 9/11 and China is an important
ally of Pakistan. With the intelligence that Pakistan has to offer
as well as their religious affinity with the Taliban, it seems plausible
that China could have used this connection to secure its Western
border from incursions. Perhaps a fiberoptic line for a promise?
the SCO involves Central Asian states with a vested interest in
Afghanistan, specifically in the Northern Alliance. If the SCO is
mostly about anti-terrorist measures and border security, wouldn't
it make sense to focus on the biggest trouble spot in Central Asia,
Afghanistan? I find it really hard to believe that China would not
engage Afghanistan. We only have China's word for it that talks
earlier this year amounted to nothing. And even if they did stall
on China using its UN membership to help the Taliban, what was accomplished
during the meeting?
until 9/11, China had no reason to support the USA in anything it
did. Spy planes and weapons sales to Taiwan and big talk from Little
Bush provided students with more than enough to yammer about while
out buying a thicker pair of glasses. Chatrooms across the country
were filled with nationalistic posturing with America as the enemy.
recent column for the Taipei Times, former 1989 Tiananmen
leader Wang Dan lamented his countrymen's gleeful response to the
9/11 tragedy. The Taliban was no friend of the US either. Makes
sense that they discussed a few things prior to the globe-altering
event last month.
think I don't understand them when I walk by and they yap about
how America is out beating a child down, about how America loves
to use its weapons because it has too many. Of course, just as many
tell me that Afghanistan should be attacked and that terrorism is
evil. But that is only after I tell them I am American. Lately,
I follow my friends' advice and lie. I am ethnically Turkish, so
I am not really lying, but the responses are much different when
they think I am also Muslim: now America is our mutual enemy and
the bad guy.
personally, I agree with the Chongqing Daily's assessment
of the war in Afghanistan: an adult beating a child. And yes, America's
foreign policy is much to blame for others hating us enough to fly
planes into buildings, but the point of this column is to show that
in Powell's rush to build a "broad coalition against terrorism"
recent history (as well as ancient history) is being conveniently
forgotten. How many real friends can one make with threats of "with
us or against us?"
still have no love for the U.S. Government, even if they dream about
coming to America to make money. Pakistanis and Afghans would probably
like to make big money in America too, but does that mean that they're
willing to sell out their own blood and nation to do it? Even a
scoundrel of a Chinese businessman knows not to mix business with
and Russia are both jumping to help America beat the Taliban down,
but if anyone really believes that they will allow America to slip
into Central Asia and take control of military bases, oilfields
and governments without a single peep, then that person is seriously
years, the big powers have been proposing this or that pipeline
route, while propping up this or that dictatorship, and eradicating
this or that insurgency; all that effort, blood and money will have
gone to waste if America is allowed to fortify Central Asia.
the nationalism that is growing daily here and the riches, both
potential and realized, that are at stake in Central Asia (weapons,
gas, oil, construction, etc.) it doesn't take a genius to guess
that behind China's cautious statements concerning the new war lies
a hidden agenda.
let ya know when Jiang calls me with the details.
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