Skip to comments.Powell backpedals on Taiwan remarks
Posted on 10/28/2004 7:29:24 AM PDT by tallhappy
Thursday, October 28, 2004, 12:00 A.M. Pacific
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Powell backpedals on Taiwan remarks
By Reuters and The Washington Post
WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell yesterday carefully avoided repeating a suggestion he made earlier this week of an eventual reunification of China and Taiwan.
Powell's suggestion, made during a visit to China, alarmed Taiwanese officials who regard the island as an independent nation.
Asked about the comment, Powell reverted to the U.S. State Department's long-standing position that China and Taiwan should seek a "peaceful resolution" of their disagreements. He took no position on the outcome in comments to CNBC, according to a transcript released by the State Department.
Powell, in a pair of television interviews Monday in Beijing, said the United States holds that there is only one China and that Taiwan is not an independent nation. He went on to suggest that Taiwanese and Americans as well as Chinese are seeking to bring about the island's reunification with the mainland.
The comments, broadcast by CNN and the Hong Kong-based Phoenix news channel, veered noticeably from the standard formulations of U.S. policy, which was worked out in three U.S.-Chinese communiqués issued after President Nixon resumed contacts with China in 1972.
China has claimed sovereignty over Taiwan since their split at the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949 and has threatened to invade if the self-ruled democratic island, which it regards as a renegade province, formally declared independence.
The fuss demonstrated anew the high level of tension across the Taiwan Strait and the strained formulas that China and Taiwan use to argue about their long standoff. But it also drew attention to an expanding gap between U.S. policy, which has not changed in a quarter-century, and Taiwan's steadily evolving idea of itself as an independent country determined not to be swallowed up by China.
Alarmed, Taiwan's leaders accused Powell of springing an unfair surprise with a major policy shift and reaffirmed their passionate insistence that the island is independent, in fact if not in law.
"Other countries, with or without formal diplomatic relations with us, cannot affect or deny the current situation and the fact that the Republic of China, or Taiwan, is a sovereign, independent country," President Chen Shui-bian said in Taipei on Tuesday.
Oops -- this probably needs to be excerpted.
True, but I wouldn't mind a reunification with Taiwan taking over China. =)
Please clean out Powell and the rest of the stooges at State during your second term Mr. President. I blunder like this is inexcusable!
That is what Nixon meant. The statement was meant to be ambiguous, but everyone KNOWS what Nixon meant.
You don't think that, with Castro's stepping down, we're not going to have to give a little where our "Cuba" is concerned?
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said, "Economic strength more important than military strength".
Now that China is becoming a serious contender for world power he is bending Taiwan over and saying, "Grab your heels, Old Friend".
I used to have a lot of respect for Powell. However, for the past 4 years he's had to gargle a lot of dr. schols because of all of his mis-speaks. He definitely does not project the American image abroad that he should.
Your comment may be the stupidest I've seen here.
"I suggest the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) revise its version to withdraw all arms deals with the US. If the US does not acknowledge [Taiwan] as a sovereign state, we should not buy any weapons from the US," Liu said when commenting officially on the bills arranged to be reviewed in the committee yesterday.
While Liu was making the statement, several Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers chanted, "Powell doesn't love Taiwan," and "We are not intimidated."
In the end, the pan-blue camp again got its way with its majority in the committee, but the meeting ended in chaos after KMT Legislator Chu Fung-chih and DPP Legislator Chen Tsung-yi escalated their quarrel with a barrage of flying lunch boxes, paper cups and notebooks.
Chu and KMT Legislator Hung Shiu-chu were mocking Chen as someone without lam pa (balls) during the session, and in the end Chu lost his cool and started to throw things -- including his lunch boxes -- at Chen.
Chen threw things back, but shortly after the exchange DPP caucus whip Tsai Huang-liang demanded that caucus members leave the session to protest the pan-blue's boycott. The session then ended amid chaos.
"The KMT insists that the ROC is an independent country, and we object to the international powerhouse's arrangement for Taiwan's future. Taiwan's future should be decided by its 23 million people," Huang said.
But they are trying to block arms procurement. If Kerry wins the sales may not even be possible.
Looks like he let the comment stand and has redrawn the points.
We have five now, IMO.
Like it was never there. Sorta, kinda, maybe.
I think the salient point is that they stressed that they were already independent. They don't need or want to declare independence because it's unnecessary and they expect to reunify with a China free of reds. They are certainly not the commie lap-dogs that "people on this forum" have said they are.
Yah, the Japanese should have been appeased. They'd have stopped with Nanking, you betcha.
During the six weeks of the Nanking Massacre, the Chinese were not simply murdered. They were tortured, humiliated, and raped. The Japanese used a wide variety of methods of murder. They chased the Chinese into the Yangtze River with machine guns, drowning them. They poured gasoline on people, and shot them, so the victims flickered up like candles. They cut the eyeballs out of men, and then burned the people while they were still living. They tied Chinese civilians up on posts, and threw grenades to watch their flesh fly. A Japanese general poured acid on a man until he died of corrosion. Some Chinese were attacked with awls. Others were castrated. Some Chinese even had their hearts cut out. Some women were beaten at the vagina with fists and other objects until they died. Even babies were victims; they were skewered and tossed into boiling water. Hakudo Nagatomi, a Japanese war veteran, described, "I remember smiling proudly as I took his [another general's] sword and began killing people...The head was cut clean off and tumbled away on the ground as the body slumped forward, blood spurting in two great gushing fountains from the neck."
Japanese soldiers laughingly made games out of these atrocities. The Japanese generals organized contests to see how many Chinese one soldier could murder in a given time. Whoever killed the most won. News reporters and visitors came to observe the competitions and raise praise for the victor back in Japan. Sometimes the number of bodies reached as high as five-hundred in a single contest. In one such contest, two officers were racing to one hundred. However, they lost count, so they continued to one hundred and fifty. A short while later, the Nichi-nichi, a Tokyo newspaper, printed the story with pride. Highly respected Japanese doctors and scientists went to China to do scientific research on unwilling Chinese victims. In many cases, the subjects were American and Russian prisoners. Tests were done without anesthesia or pain killers. The Japanese placed people in pressure chambers to see how long it would take until their eyes popped out of the sockets. Lethal bacteria and other biological weapons were tested on people tied to stakes. Fetuses were cut from pregnant women and preserved in jars. The Japanese government also sponsored bombings of bubonic plague on villages to test germ warfare for later use on the United States.
Because over twenty thousand women and girls were raped, the Nanking Massacre is also referred to as the Rape of Nanking. The Japanese officers encouraged their soldiers to rape wherever they went. One officer told his soldiers, "To avoid troubles,... kill them after that." So, soldiers raped in gangs of dozens and murdered the women afterward. The victims had their stomachs cut open or their breasts chopped off. "Comfort women" were kept as sex slaves in wood cabins to service the Japanese soldiers throughout the day. In one incident, a mother, two teenage daughters, and a one year old baby were raped in their own home. The family was raped and killed on their own tables and beds. When the International Committee entered the house to photograph the incident, they found blood everywhere.
The Japanese finally left China when the United States dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After the six weeks of horror, Nanking was left in ruins. The storehouses were empty, and the civilians had lost everything. Their jewelry, coins, food, clothes, heirlooms, pets, and even everyday objects like dental floss were stolen. Only bodies were in abundance. So many dead bodies clogged the streets it was hard to move around, even on foot. They floated in the river for a year afterwards, emitting a smell for miles around. The International Committee buried the bodies in mass graves and kept close count of the marked sites.
Oh wait, they didn't stop with Nanking, they joined the Axis Powers.
That's no longer true, though.
Says who? Do you have evidence of that?
Now Taiwan is politically free and democratic. It makes as much sense for Taiwan to be part of China as it does for the US to become part of the UK again.
The view that taiwan is Taiwan and China is China has now won elections and will continue.
They want to be their own people, as do Americans, and don't trust China anyhow.
In my opinion this makes sense and is the best thing -- even if China becomes free.
Yah, which contradicts your earlier comment that the "last time the United States acted as Nationalist China's protector (1941) it brought us the attack on Pearl Harbor, involvement in World War 2, and 400,000 dead."
War with Japan happened because Japan wanted war with us, not simply because we were protecting China. President Bush has said that allowing murderous tyrannies that attack their neighbors to go unchecked threatens all of us. That premise is applicable ot Imperial Japan in the 1930s and 40s.
You may be right that the people support independence, but the "The KMT insists that the ROC is an independent country," so what is the dispute? What good would a declaration of independence do? How would the U.S. react to such a declaration? I think badly. It could cost Taiwan vital U.S. support.
I agree and the President of Taiwan agrees and that is the view I am talking about.
It is the KMT, or Pan-Blue, that keep making some sort of distinction which makes no sense. They are also the ones trying to stop the arms sales. They sound like liberal dems now.
That's funny, I thought their indignance at Powell's remarks reminded me of you.