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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

China increases pressure on Taiwan


The proposed anti-secession law, read out for the first time before the ceremonial National People's Congress, does not specify what actions might invite a Chinese attack. ''If possibilities for a peaceful reunification should be completely exhausted, the state shall employ nonpeaceful means and other necessary measures to protect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity,' Wang Zhaoguo, deputy chairman of the congress's Standing Committee, told the nearly 3,000 members gathered in the Great Hall of the People.
I expect that this is a posturing move at this time, however, it is something to play close attention too. I expect, that much like our autorization of force to invade Iraq, at this point in time China could, under their own laws, legally invade Taiwan at any time the rulers decide to. To an extent that was true anyway, but this seems to be a signifigant step toward a possible invasion in the future. I think that America should make it clear to China that we will defend Taiwan if necessary. (via Gib, who has some other good points as well.)


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