Sun, Sep 09, 2007 - Page 8 News List

US, China lay their cards on table

By Lin Cho-shui 林濁水

Although Wilder stated the ROC is an issue undecided, the TRA says that it is Taiwan's status that is undetermined.

Although the US denounced Taiwan because of pressure by China, now it suddenly comes up with the opinion that Taiwan's status is undetermined. This might be the result of further pressure from China. Beijing went so far as threatening to propose a resolution in the UN saying Taiwan is a part of the PRC.

China has put all its cards on the table, so the US can only follow and show its hand. The ingenious reply of the US State Department was that Wilder's statement was in line with US policy. But I can't say the same about China's State Council, which can be said to have flashed its cards, but then covered them up again as if no one had seen them. It could not be more clear in its intentions.

At the APEC meeting between US President George W. Bush and Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤), it was likely both leaders had some negative things to say about Taiwan.

But now the cards have been shown, and that limits the extent of the damage.

Lin Cho-shui is a former Democratic Progressive Party legislator.

Translated by Anna Stiggelbout

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