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THE LIBERTY TIMES EDITORIAL: Ma’s ‘state of peace’ does not exist

The US Department of Defense recently released a report entitled Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China, 2010. The report stated that China is continuing its military expansion in the Taiwan Strait and has already started to consider sudden conflicts with nations other than Taiwan.

The report said the military balance in the Taiwan Strait continues to develop in favor of China and that the goals of China’s military expansion are extending beyond Taiwan. China is now beginning to focus on the US and the People’s Liberation Army is already capable of attacks deep into the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean. For the first time, the report also stated that China is developing new military capabilities to allow it to attack US military ships intervening in the Taiwan Strait.

This depiction of an aggressive Chinese military expansion refutes the arguments of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who keeps saying that the situation in the Strait has entered an unprecedented state of peace.

While meeting with representatives from Kinmen and Matsu recently, a self-satisfied Ma said that during his two years in office, he has worked hard to improve cross-strait relations, adding that Taiwan and China now have signed 14 agreements and that this has brought an atmosphere of peace and prosperity to cross-strait relations. He also said this atmosphere has extended to international relations and improved Taiwan’s relations with other nations.

Ignoring the threat of war because of a thin veil of peace and ignoring the missiles China has pointed at Taiwan does not mean that Ma is stupid; it shows that he has ulterior motives.

Ma’s ideological pursuit of eventual unification permeates all his major policies. Over the past two years, amid China’s military threats and belittling of Taiwan, Ma has agreed to participate in international events on China’s approval and to use the name “Chinese Taipei.” The next step is for the “two Chinese parties,” the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), to make Taiwan — which is not part of China’s territory — a part of China. This is why Ma doesn’t care that China’s military threat toward Taiwan continues to increase and that Taiwan is faced with an unprecedented sovereignty crisis.

Instead, he is immersing himself in the “cross-strait atmosphere of peace and prosperity.”

The US is very clear on this fact. The aforementioned report stresses the point that the US is relying on the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), when it supplies Taiwan with weapons for self-defense purposes, to maintain cross-strait peace and stability. The report also states that the US military would rely on global military deployment to assist Taiwan in warding off any Chinese military actions against Taiwan.

Compared with the way the two Chinese parties are conspiring to Taiwan’s annexation, Washington’s stance is quite clearly the opposite. As a signatory to the San Francisco Peace Treaty, the US knows full well that Taiwan does not belong to the Republic of China and that it also does not belong to the People’s Republic of China. Regardless of any common understanding between the people of Taiwan and China, China is China and Taiwan is Taiwan. That is why the US has always assisted Taiwan with its self-defense. We can therefore imagine that on the one hand, the US will want to assist Taiwan to protect itself from the Chinese threat, while also assisting Taiwan to protect itself from the Ma administration’s tendencies to sell out Taiwan.

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