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China Warns U.S. On Arms To Taiwan

January 14, 2009

U.S. arms sales to Taiwan may strain ties with China even as the two countries cooperate more closely, current and former Chinese officials told their American counterparts in Beijing at a conference that ended yesterday.

Taiwan is the most important issue in relations between the U.S. and China, as they confront a global economic crisis that has highlighted their interdependence, the officials told former American diplomats Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski during the two-day celebration of 30 years of formal relations.

By Dune Lawrence

“Recently, some hard-won advances have been made in cross- strait relations,” said Li Zhaoxing, who was China’s foreign minister from 2003 to 2007. “We certainly don’t want something like arms sales to disrupt” the progress.

China, with the world’s largest regular army, has more than 900 missiles along its southeastern coast aimed at Taiwan. The Taiwanese military is planning to buy $6.5 billion of U.S. weapons including Lockheed Martin Corp.’s Patriot anti-missile systems. China has frozen military exchanges with the U.S. since October over the arms sales.

“The Taiwan issue is the most important and sensitive one in relations between the two countries,” Dai Bingguo, China’s highest ranking official responsible for foreign relations, told the conference participants.

Relations between China and Taiwan warmed after President Ma Ying-jeou took office last year and reversed course on his predecessor’s pro independence stance.

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Vietnam Workers Strike, Claim Abuse By Chinese Bosses

January 4, 2009

Nearly 4,000 workers at a Taiwanese footwear plant in Vietnam have gone on strike to protest alleged ill-treatment by their bosses, state media reported Sunday.

The workers, mostly women, said managers from mainland China had beaten and humiliated employees at the Sun Jade company in Thanh Hoa province, according to the Thanh Nien daily.

Thanh Nien and other newspapers said the workers had also reported being denied sick leave and days off for deaths in the family, and were often docked an entire month’s pay if they failed to show up.

Company and local trade union officials could not be reached for comment. Rpeports said it was the plant’s third strike since June.

Last year, as Vietnam was hit by double-digit inflation and an economic slowdown, workers downed tools at hundreds of factories, demanding better pay and conditions.

The Lao Dong daily estimated there were 775 strikes nationwide, mostly in the industrial south, compared to 541 the previous year.

Industrial unrest could flare up again before the Tet lunar New Year in late January, a time when workers often ask for extra pay and time off to visit their families.

China Continues Goodwill Toward Taiwan, May Reduce Missiles

January 4, 2009

China continues its plan of making friends in Asia.
China may be planning to slowly reduce the number of missiles aimed at Taiwan in a significant show of goodwill toward the self-ruled island, a Taiwanese military official said Sunday.

“Now I think it’s generally agreed that Beijing is using economic and cultural influence to establish its international status,” said Chong-pin Lin, Professor at the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies at Tamkang University in Taiwan at Princeton.

But removing missiles that can be quickly relocated is almost a meaningless gesture, many military analysts tell Peace and Freedom.

China recently settled a long-standing border dispute with Vietnam.

Then China sent Pandas on a goodwill mission to Taiwan.

Now China may reduce the number of ballistic missiles facing Taiwan.

But there is a darker side too, as a Japanese newspaper is reporting today that China is violating an at-sea oil exploration agreement with Japan….

“I think the objective of the grand strategy [of China]  is to squeeze out, very slowly and very gradually, the influence of the United States in East Asia, without war, with economy and culture,” said Chong-pin Lin.


TAIPEI (Reuters) – China may be planning to slowly reduce the number of missiles aimed at Taiwan in a significant show of goodwill toward the self-ruled island, a Taiwanese military official said Sunday.

China has claimed sovereignty over Taiwan since 1949, when Mao Zedong’s Communists won the Chinese civil war and Chiang Kai-shek‘s Nationalists (KMT) fled to the island. Beijing has vowed to bring Taiwan under its rule, by force if necessary.

Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, the two giant pandas from China, are ...
Gifts from China: Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, the two giant pandas from China, are seen in the quarantine area in Taipei zoo in Muzha December 23, 2008.(Taipei City Government/Handout/Reuters)

But Beijing may be planning to remove some of its approximately 1,300 short-range and mid-range missiles aimed at Taiwan, which is about 160 km (99 miles) away, said island defense ministry spokeswoman Chih Yu-lan.

“We have some grasp of this situation,” Chih said.

Relations between the two sides have already improved since China-friendly Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou took office in May. His government has signed trade and transit deals with Beijing while avoiding displays of sovereignty for the island.

China’s removal of missiles would be particularly popular with Taiwan’s public compared with other recent goodwill measures, such as a gift of two giant pandas and financial incentives for Taiwan investors, political experts on the island say.

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China Vows To Bailout Taiwan in Global Economy

December 20, 2008

China, expanding its pledges to help neighboring economies ride out the global financial crisis, said on Saturday it was willing to meet requests for assistance from political rival Taiwan.

Ties between China and Taiwan, separated since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949, have warmed since Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou took office in May. On Monday the two sides opened direct daily passenger flights, new shipping routes and postal links for the first time in six decades.

“We deeply sympathize with the economic difficulties faced by Taiwan and sincerely hope to cooperate on steps to cope with the international financial crisis,” said Jia Qinglin, the fourth most senior leader of China’s ruling Communist Party.

Jia Qinglin (C), chairman of the Chinese People's Political ... 
Jia Qinglin (C), chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, Wu Boxiong (R), chairman of Taiwan’s Nationalist party (KMT), and KMT Honorary Chairman Lien Chan attend the opening ceremony of the 4th Cross-Straits Economic, Trade and Cultural Forum in Shanghai December 20, 2008. China, expanding its pledge to help neighbouring economies ride out the global financial crisis, said on Saturday it was willing to meet requests for assistance from political rival Taiwan.(Aly Song/Reuters)

“I solemnly declare that if the global economic situation continues to deteriorate and Taiwan asks for measures to ease its economic difficulties, the mainland is willing to do its utmost to provide aid.”

Jia said China was willing to make it easier for Taiwanese companies to trade and invest on the mainland, help them obtain financing, and cooperate to develop technologies in areas such as electronics, environmental protection and new forms of energy.

By Andrew Torchia

China hopes Taiwan will remove restrictions on imports of Chinese goods and let Chinese companies take part in big infrastructure projects on the island, he said.

Jia, opening a two-day meeting of over 400 delegates from the two sides, including businessmen, academics and officials of the Communist Party and Taiwan’s ruling Nationalist Party, did not give concrete details of China’s plans for economic assistance.

But his remarks were part of a flurry of economic diplomacy by China, which has so far suffered less from the global crisis than its neighbors and is presenting itself as a stabilising force in the region.


Earlier this month Chinese leaders announced a nearly $30 billion currency swap facility to help stabilize the South Korean won, and took part in a trilateral summit to discuss the crisis with South Korea and Japan.

On Friday, Hong Kong said Beijing had agreed to a package of 14 measures to aid the Chinese territory, including a currency swap facility, an easing of travel restrictions and the opening of more of China’s services sector to Hong Kong.

In recent years China has used economic assistance to Hong Kong to boost support for pro-Beijing politicians in the territory. Aid to Taiwan could help sway public opinion there toward Beijing’s goal of eventual reunification with the island.

Taiwan’s Nationalist Party chairman Wu Poh-hsiung told the meeting on Saturday that he hoped Beijing would facilitate the operations of Taiwanese companies on the mainland.

He also urged Beijing to boost the flow of Chinese tourists to Taiwan. An agreement in June allowed visits to begin, but Taiwan has been disappointed that daily visits have fallen short of a 3,000-person target, at least partly because of China’s rigorous screening process for travelers to the island.

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