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US ready to "counter" China, says Rice
Rediff.com ^ | March 14, 2005 13:34 IST | Rediff..com

Posted on 03/14/2005 2:40:18 AM PST by CarrotAndStick

Acknowledging that China is a rising influence, the United States has said that it will try to counter it by strengthening regional alliances. "China is clearly a rising influence - I mean, there is no doubt about that - economically, politically, in terms of its sort of global interests," US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said.

"But it has to be managed a couple of ways. First of all, it's very important to be clear about American policies and American interests in the region and that means being very clear about policy, for instance, on Taiwan, where we've had and continue to have a 'one China' policy where we are the kind of upright anchor.

No threat to US, says China

"Where we don't expect either side to try to exploit the situation or to provoke the other side, where we've been very clear to the Chinese that we have obligations under the Taiwan Relations Act," she told The Washington Times and Sunday talk shows on television networks.

"And therefore, when I went to China, I said, you know, the arms sales are a matter of record and we've already agreed to do that. You know, we'll see when Taiwan is capable of actually paying for them, but we are, in fact -- I've said that clearly. So the first thing is to be clear about what our policy is.

US foreign policy outdated, irrational'

"The second is to be active in making certain that our alliances in the region are as strong as possible. That means with South Korea and I think we've actually strengthened that alliance by what Don Rumsfeld and his folks worked out... I think that alliance is in better shape now than it's been in a long - may be ever," Rice said.

"The third is that you have to recognize that China is going to be an influence and so to try to steer that influence into positive directions, not negative ones.

Huge hike in China defence budget

"We were proponents of Chinese accession to the WTO because in a rules-based system it's better to have a big economy in a rules-based system than not. But that means on something like intellectual property rights, that my now-Deputy, but then-USTR, Bob Zoellick, was just constant about the problem that the Chinese were causing on intellectual property rights.

"The President is determined to have a level playing field. But it's a positive place for China to exercise influence through the WTO. When we go to regional fora we're pretty clear that regional fora that ought to be held are ones in which we are also an actor, not just China.

"So we have a lot of levers to deal with this and, of course, the American military is going to keep modernizing so that the Chinese should never get the idea that they're going to be able to have a unilateral advantage somehow in the Asia-Pacific region," she said.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; communism; democracy; dragon; india; reds; threat
Condi will be in India this week, methinks the visit is a part of the strategy to tackle China.
1 posted on 03/14/2005 2:40:18 AM PST by CarrotAndStick
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To: CarrotAndStick


Maddie Halwit is appalled
2 posted on 03/14/2005 2:47:03 AM PST by John Lenin (The only pure societies left are Islamic)
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Make that "Halfwit"


3 posted on 03/14/2005 2:47:47 AM PST by John Lenin (The only pure societies left are Islamic)
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To: CarrotAndStick

It is, and everything she said was entirely correct, the US is well aware of what the Communist government is planning. Locking China into the international economic system is just another way of exerting influence. She is also right in that we need to keep modernizing our military to ensure China will never have aqn advantage. That being said, if China is locked into a globalized economy they in all probablility will not risk war over Taiwan, to do so would cripple their economy. They would lose the war, and be unable to reproduce their military therefore the Communists would fall quickly. The CCP will eventually fall in any case, they have already signed their own deat warrant by joining the global economy, its only a matter of time or actions that will determine when when the sentence is carried out.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1361719/posts


4 posted on 03/14/2005 2:50:03 AM PST by AKSurprise
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To: CarrotAndStick
"First of all, it's very important to be clear about American policies and American interests in the region and that means being very clear about policy, for instance, on Taiwan, where we've had and continue to have a 'one China' policy where we are the kind of upright anchor."

Yuk.
5 posted on 03/14/2005 2:52:01 AM PST by familyop ("Let us try" sounds better, don't you think? "Essayons" is so...Latin.)
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To: CarrotAndStick
"And therefore, when I went to China, I said, you know, the arms sales are a matter of record and we've already agreed to do that. You know, we'll see when Taiwan is capable of actually paying for them,...

You know, maybe she could run against Hillary, you know.

6 posted on 03/14/2005 2:52:37 AM PST by Moonman62 (Federal creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it)
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To: familyop
People read into the One-China policy to literally. One-China does refer to reunification, however it doesn't mean it will occur under a Communist government, that is the key. Reunification will only occur once the Commies fall, Hong Kong's reformers will start to take over the government along with reformers on the mainland. They will in turn start talks on reunificaiton with Taiwan under a democratic system that allows for self governance for Taiwan. Notice Rice also stated: "Where we don't expect either side to try to exploit the situation or to provoke the other side, where we've been very clear to the Chinese that we have obligations under the Taiwan Relations Act", "And therefore, when I went to China, I said, you know, the arms sales are a matter of record and we've already agreed to do that. You know, we'll see when Taiwan is capable of actually paying for them, but we are, in fact -- I've said that clearly. So the first thing is to be clear about what our policy is."
7 posted on 03/14/2005 2:57:46 AM PST by AKSurprise
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To: AKSurprise

So basically, Rice's plan is "reunification" of Taiwan with China to make the two into one country. And China had best not try any monkey business until we declare all to be well and turn our backs on Taiwan. Or maybe the plan is to spend many billions every year from now on to keep carrier groups near the Strait.

The anti-defense trade interests who claim to be conservative while praising China's form of government and pushing for that situation know what they can do with themselves.


8 posted on 03/14/2005 3:07:49 AM PST by familyop ("Let us try" sounds better, don't you think? "Essayons" is so...Latin.)
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To: familyop
No, she's reiterating US policy as it has been for decades. The "one China policy" just means that the US government doesn't officially recognize any government on Taiwan. However, the US is forced by law to sell arms to this non-existent government. Yes, it's a crazy contradiction, but it's been this way forever. Nothing new here.
9 posted on 03/14/2005 3:29:35 AM PST by billybudd
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To: AKSurprise
Locking China into the international economic system is just another way of exerting influence"

They aren't "locked" into anything, rather, our own policy options are constrained, and they are then in a position to game and subvert the 'system'. As they are doing with some success...completely undermining the basis for the 'system'. We will be forced back to bilateralism relatively soon, as the WTO has been more or less been completely coopted by blocs antagonistic to the U.S.

10 posted on 03/14/2005 7:52:27 AM PST by Paul Ross (Ben Franklin: Gentlemen, We gave you a Republic...if you can keep it.)
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To: CarrotAndStick

Regardless of what you think of US/PRC/TW policy, this is one very poorly written and confusing article.


11 posted on 03/14/2005 10:10:55 AM PST by Magnum44 (Terrorism is a disease, precise application of superior force is the ONLY cure)
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To: Magnum44

Actually, what confused you were the numerous hyperlinks that were present in between paragraphs, in the original article, but got converted to plain text when I copy-pasted it here. Try reading it from the original source. It may help you.


12 posted on 03/14/2005 10:56:02 AM PST by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: John Lenin

Madame Halfwit? I thought it was Jiminy Glick.


13 posted on 03/14/2005 11:56:18 AM PST by Inwoodian
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To: Inwoodian

If Halfwit was negotiating the US military would be used to fight our own troops over Taiwan.


14 posted on 03/14/2005 2:44:15 PM PST by John Lenin (Abortion has created lots of atheists because no one wants to go to hell)
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To: AKSurprise

WHY does Taiwan have to remain part of China?

Everyone assumes it must reunify.

Why?


15 posted on 03/14/2005 3:06:10 PM PST by PeterFinn ("Tolerance" means WE have to tolerate THEM. They can hate us all they want.)
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To: billybudd

"this non-existent government"

Not recognizing their government on Taiwan does not mean it does not exist. It does exist and we do quite a volume of trade with them and we have numerous trade and treaty relationships with them.


16 posted on 03/14/2005 3:08:55 PM PST by PeterFinn ("Tolerance" means WE have to tolerate THEM. They can hate us all they want.)
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To: PeterFinn

"Everyone assumes it must reunify"

We do not push for reunification.

We say there is only one China, so that Taiwan will not declare independence and catapult the Red Commies into a massive assault on Taiwan.

We further say there is a recognized dispute between Taiwan and the Mainland, and that they must TALK and resolve the dispute PEACEFULLY, NOT BY WAR.

As little as we like it, that nevertheless is the status quo, NOT a push to bring Taiwan under the Mainland's boot.


17 posted on 03/14/2005 3:23:43 PM PST by txrangerette
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To: PeterFinn

I know it exists. I was making fun of the contradiction in US policy.


18 posted on 03/14/2005 4:00:03 PM PST by billybudd
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To: CarrotAndStick

Thank you, Mr. Clinton. Oh, and by the way, any hopes you had for a decent legacy are TOAST!


19 posted on 03/14/2005 9:34:27 PM PST by Just Lori (There! I said it!)
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To: PeterFinn

I don't think it HAS to reunify, just from the Taiwanese people I've talked with, and form everything I've read most Taiwanese people do consider themselves Chinese. I think reunification is just naturally going to occur.


20 posted on 03/15/2005 9:26:19 AM PST by AKSurprise
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