Mon, Aug 14, 2006 - Page 8 News List

Beware China's anti-US strategy

By Paul Lin 林保華

On the eve of Premier Su Tseng-chang's (蘇貞昌) visit to Chad, the African nation broke off diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Behind this was the black hand of China. This episode makes it clear that despite Su's revision of President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁 ) policies, China still isn't satisfied, as what it really want is someone to completely sell out the nation the way former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Lien Chan (連戰) did last year.

Judging by China's foreign relations in recent years, it hasn't just been trying to cope with the "Taiwan issue" -- its overall policy has been to broaden and entrench an international anti-US front.

While everyone was focused on North Korea's missile launch and its connection with China, foreign Chinese-language media and South Korean media have been helping Beijing by trying to put some distance between China and North Korea. One Hong Kong media outlet had a special report claiming that there was a deep rift between China and North Korea, and that the two have different intentions. Is this really the case?

The report said that China was not given forewarning of the North Korean missile launch. This is what China itself says. The Chinese Communist Party has been lying since its founding, and anyone who believes it in this particular case has been duped. As for North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's refusal to meet with a representative from China, this is clearly an act put on for the US.

The Hong Kong report also said that China proposed sanctions against North Korea in the UN. This just wrong. China was opposed to sanctions, and only made a verbal condemnation that lacked any binding commitment. It says that North Korea may have the ability to print counterfeit Chinese money, but as of yet there is no evidence that the regime has done so.

Yet when counterfeit US money was found in Macau more than 10 years ago, the Yazhou Zhoukan weekly magazine reported that China had prevented the Macau government from making a thorough investigation.

The magazine report went on to say that the Bank of China had agreed to US requests to freeze North Korean accounts in its Macau branches. This was supposed to have happened last year, but no one is sure if it has or not. However, China has allowed North Korea to relocate its Macau office to the city of Zhuhai in Guangdong Province. Since Macau's international casinos make it a suitable place for the CIA to operate, moving to Guangdong put the North Koreans under direct Chinese protection.

If there really has been a rift in the relationship between China and North Korea, why doesn't China simply expel the North Koreans? Furthermore, even though China may have frozen North Korean accounts, China's President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) visited North Korea last November to give US$2 billion in aid. In a word, China is still opposing the US and supporting Kim's regime.

When China, Russia and four other former Soviet states established the Shanghai Co-operation Organization (SCO) in June 2001, it was intended to be a check on US influence. After years of work, it had a major breakthrough in June. Not only did it invite Mongolia, Pakistan and India to attend as observers -- the heads of state attended from all countries except India -- but it also invited the US' sworn enemy, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is believed to be developing nuclear weapons, has advocated that Israel be wiped off the face of the map and has helped stir up the conflict in Lebanon.

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