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Groups petition Obama to help Taiwan
Taipei Times ^ | 3/25/2010 | William Lowther

Posted on 03/24/2010 9:09:20 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld

Taiwanese Americans met with a US State Department official and one from the AIT to deliver a petition asking that the US president reaffirm the TRA(Taiwan Relations Act).A large group of Taiwanese American organizations is petitioning US President Barack Obama to dramatically increase the US’ ability to stop a Chinese military takeover of Taiwan.

Over the past three months, the group has collected 17,000 letters of support from Taiwan, Japan, Canada and across the US.

They met on Tuesday in Washington with Ted Mann, director of the US State Department’s Office of Taiwan Coordination, and Barbara Schrage, managing director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), to present a petition to be passed on to Obama at the White House.

“There was a cordial exchange of views,” a State Department source said later.

The petition asks Obama to reaffirm the US’ Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and to “voice concern about the erosion of freedom of speech and assembly and the loss of judicial independence on Taiwan.”

It also asks Obama to send a Cabinet member to Taipei, allow US Navy ships to call at Taiwanese ports and deploy two aircraft carrier task forces to the Western Pacific to maintain the capacity to resist any Chinese attack on Taiwan.

(Excerpt) Read more at taipeitimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhoasia; bhochina; pentagon; statedepartment; taipei; taiwan

1 posted on 03/24/2010 9:09:20 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!

Yeah, right.

Obambi’s gonna help the Taiwanese against his heroes the ChiComs.

Right.


2 posted on 03/24/2010 9:10:54 PM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: Westbrook

He would be breaking the law though if he does not help out Taiwan.


3 posted on 03/24/2010 9:12:12 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Wow, are they asking the wrong guy.


4 posted on 03/24/2010 9:12:35 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: sonofstrangelove
Groups petition Obama to help Taiwan

Rots a ruck

5 posted on 03/24/2010 9:15:24 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Uh huh...Yeah...He’s gonna look at em and agree./s


6 posted on 03/24/2010 9:15:45 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: sonofstrangelove

> He would be breaking the law though if he does not help
> out Taiwan.

You forget.

The law does not apply to 0bama and his elite fellow travellers.

The law only applies to proles like us.


7 posted on 03/24/2010 9:18:35 PM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: Westbrook

Taiwan is on their own until after 2012 presidential election.


8 posted on 03/24/2010 9:20:16 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Westbrook

you are right


9 posted on 03/24/2010 9:21:34 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: Red Steel

We still owe them 6.5 billion worth of hardware.


10 posted on 03/24/2010 9:22:06 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Obama wouldn’t hold up Taiwan’s paid for military hardware would he? Suuuuuure he would.


11 posted on 03/24/2010 9:24:49 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

If the Pentagon OKd the sale then he must of supported it.There is a chance it might die in Congress


12 posted on 03/24/2010 9:28:43 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Good Luck with that one...


13 posted on 03/24/2010 9:29:38 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Control the American people? Herding cats would be easier.)
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To: sonofstrangelove

I seem to recall we have a treaty with Taiwan?


14 posted on 03/24/2010 9:31:32 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Westbrook

maybe the Taiwanese need help setting up mandatory health insurance..


15 posted on 03/24/2010 9:33:42 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Red Steel

We had a mutual dence treaty once but it was voided by the United States in 1980. But we have the Taiwan Relations Act(HR 2479) that was passed in 1979.It more clearly defines the American position on Taiwan and its cross-strait relationship with Beijing.


16 posted on 03/24/2010 9:34:21 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Good luck with that. Obama is abandoning or insulting all our allies. He could care less if China decides to cross the strait and starts clearing out Taiwan house by house.


17 posted on 03/24/2010 9:37:03 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Domandred

I have learned to use the word “impossible” with the greatest caution.”-Dr.Wernher Von Braun


18 posted on 03/24/2010 9:38:19 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: sonofstrangelove
Won't happen. China has the U.S. by the balls right now - they're one of our biggest creditors, and they will use that power to make us dance to whatever tune they call. Obama would literally wee his pants if he thought the Chinese were about to dump all of their treasuries - heck, the treasury Department just had a hard time auctioning off the latest round of monopoly-money debt - can you imagine what would have happened if the Chinese had dumped several tens of billions of dollars of already outstanding treasuries into the market at the same time?

Forget about our supposedly "dangerous" dependence on foreign oil - that's a subterfuge, a distraction, a lie, if you will - the real danger lies in our addiction - like that of a meth-addict - to borrowing foreign money to feed our insatiable need to spend like money was in infinite supply. There will soon come a time - sooner rather than later - when the Chinese do to us what we did to the British right after WWII. They will impose additional conditions on holding our debt that will be just sufficiently onerous that we will never, ever be able to recover our current preeminent economic position again. All it would take would be adding a couple more percentage points to the debt we owe the Chinese - the US imposed a 2% interest requirement on a multi-billion dollar loan it extended to the UK after WWII for rebuilding - the US had traditionally lent to the UK at 0% interest - and that measly 2% points was all it took to tame the UK economically and make sure that they never constituted an economic challenge to the US. That is, more or less, all the Chinese would have to do in order to totally castrate our economy right now.

Thank God for Democrats!

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19 posted on 03/24/2010 9:42:25 PM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: Oceander

I see your point because of financial reasons, but we cannot leave a people to possible invasion.Espcially people we have promised to help so they can live in freedom.


20 posted on 03/24/2010 9:44:33 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: sonofstrangelove
"We cannot" - what are "we" going to do about it if the Chinese start squeezing our balls too hard? It's sort of hard to get your defenses into the air when your entire budget has become dedicated to paying just the interest on your trillions and trillions of dollars of debt. What are we going to do, launch a full-scale nuclear attack on China if it decides to invade Taiwan, because, quite frankly, that is probably the only forces we'll be able to field, because we won't have the cash needed to field a force of men and equipment in the arena of action. In particular, we'll need to be able to keep a very large flotilla of ships in the area, and those buggers are expensive to keep running.

Meanwhile, do you think the Chinese are just going to sit tight until the eve of the invasion, and then start squeezing? No, they're not that stupid and they have a lot more patience than most American leaders have. They will start squeezing at least two years in advance, because they want our economy to suffer for long enough that everyone is worn out, too tired to think beyond how to find the next meal at the few remaining soup kitchens that are still open, and certainly too tired to start playing a sophisticated game of strategic chess with the Chinese. They also want us distracted by internal strife and fighting over the disastrous condition of the economy - that will certainly keep whomever's in office too busy to really pay attention to what the Chinese are doing. And then, it will be a lightning quick dash across the straits of Taiwan, and - poof - fait accompli - at which point the US, lacking the ability to field a first-class navy, army, or airforce, will be stuck with the aforementioned choice of launching a full-scale nuclear strike on China, which will, of course, also result in the total obliteration of Taiwan, or else of meekly crawling into the cavernous pit of debt we have dug for ourselves and letting the Chinese take control of the world.

I am sorry my friend, but such is the legacy of Barack Obama and the American Fascist Party, formerly known as the Democratic Party.

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21 posted on 03/24/2010 9:52:53 PM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: sonofstrangelove

We have to help Taiwan under the USMJC and armistice with Japan.


22 posted on 03/24/2010 10:36:23 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: sonofstrangelove; Oceander
I notice a lack of comment on Taiwan following any course of action to actually help itself.
Nor, do I note much of that sentiment from the Taiwanese side.
23 posted on 03/25/2010 1:40:29 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: skr

they are delusional i think a lot of people are under the mis-conception that he can be like Leader of the World or something.....


24 posted on 03/25/2010 2:34:52 AM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Free Nobel Peace Prize with oil change =^..^=)
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