The improvement of China's position in the world is widely regarded as one of Beijing's top foreign-policy priorities. This year Beijing has accomplished some important diplomatic achievements. In July, the International Olympic Committee awarded the 2008 Olympic Games to Beijing and earlier this month China was formally granted permission to enter the WTO.
\nSome observers in both the US and Taiwan believe that China's active participation in international activities and organizations may alter its behavior toward other countries and result in a peaceful resolution of the cross-strait conflict. Such a view, however, is overly optimistic and ignores China's intentions and capacity to intimidate Taiwan with its military muscle.
\nChina's intentions to turn itself into a military superpower, presumably in order to enforce its regional hegemony, has concerned its neighbors. In particular, Beijing has failed to renounce the use of force against Taiwan to bring about unification. China has repeatedly stressed that it will start a war against Taiwan if any of the so-called "three ifs" are realized -- if Taiwan declares independence, if it promotes two Chinas or if foreign countries interfere in cross-strait affairs.
\nChina is making steady
\nprogress in its military modernization. Many important military deployments targeted at Taiwan are underway. To upgrade its air force, China has purchased advanced Su-27SK and Su-30MKK fighters from Russia and it has already deployed more than 72 Su-27s in the Nanjing Military Region, which faces Taiwan.
\nBy the end of this year, the first batch of 38 Su-30 MKK fighters will also be delivered to China. The main force of Su-30s will be deployed at Wuhu (
For the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), China’s “century of humiliation” is the gift that keeps on giving. Beijing returns again and again to the theme of Western imperialism, oppression and exploitation to keep stoking the embers of grievance and resentment against the West, and especially the US. However, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) that in 1949 announced it had “stood up” soon made clear what that would mean for Chinese and the world — and it was not an agenda that would engender pride among ordinary Chinese, or peace of mind in the international community. At home, Mao Zedong (毛澤東) launched
The restructuring of supply chains, particularly in the semiconductor industry, was an essential part of discussions last week between Taiwan and a US delegation led by US Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Keith Krach. It took precedent over the highly anticipated subject of bilateral trade partnerships, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) founder Morris Chang’s (張忠謀) appearance on Friday at a dinner hosted by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) for Krach was a subtle indicator of this. Chang was in photographs posted by Tsai on Facebook after the dinner, but no details about their discussions were disclosed. With
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