EU, US should cooperate
The implicit agenda in France's heavy-lifting for China is to assert that Paris' foreign policy is independent from Washington's, as well as being payback for the perceived slight by the administration of US President George W. Bush on the Iraqi War ("Et tu, Chirac?" Jan. 28, page 1).
The EU would commit a "grave error" by selling arms to China. Such sales violate the EU's own code of conduct on human rights and of not proliferating arms to "areas of conflict." China has 500 missiles aimed at Taiwan, and selling more arms to China will further tip the military balance in its favor.
The US will not welcome the prospect of having American EP-3s intercepted by Chinese pilots flying French Mirages. The US and the EU should work together to defuse this possibility.
Vincent Wang Wei-cheng
The blind do not fear guns
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (
Apparently, they are not taking China's missiles seriously enough.
As a Taiwanese saying goes, "Blind people are not afraid of guns." I hope Lien and Soong are not blind. Probably, they will support the defensive referendum only after the first missile hits Taiwan.
Even if China launched its 496 missiles leisurely one after another at an interval of seven minutes per missile, Taiwan would be flattened in less than 58 hours. The referendum and sovereignty would be moot.
Lien and Soong claim that they already know the answers to the two referendum topics proposed by President Chen Shui-bian (
In the last four years, the opposition camp has opposed practically everything for the sake of opposition. The most typical opposition figure is Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (
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