Skip to comments.Trump Must Change US Defense Policy for Taiwan
Posted on 11/13/2016 5:09:52 AM PST by Kaslin
United States defense policy toward Taiwan must change. Now there is a rare opportunity to make that happen with the election of Donald Trump. But everyone knows he lacks experience in foreign affairs, although he is a man with great instincts. If he can prevail over the established litany, there is a chance that Taiwan can stay independent. But if he follows the "party line" from the State Department and their supporting chorus in parts of the Pentagon, Taiwan is a goner. It is only a question of time.
Taiwan is an island that lives next to a behemoth in the form of China. It is a democracy and, with its new government with a very strong domestic mandate, intent on maintaining its independence and democratic system. For China, democracy is the enemy as they have just demonstrated again in Hong Kong where they blocked two elected officials from taking office. Democracy threatens the Communist party dictatorship, and China is yearning for it. That is what happened before at Tiananmen, where democratic dissent was ruthlessly suppressed. And across China that is happening every day, and China's government knows it. For them, the big thumb in their eye is Taiwan. They would take any opportunity to knock it off, and China has been building up forces to make it hard for the United States to come to Taiwan's defense. When China's forces reach a tipping point, and when they think America might back off, they will strike.
The question is not whether but when. America should be following a defense policy that pushes the "when" back to "whether" and puts a price on the "whether" decision that would make it hard for China's leaders to act, if they were unsure of the outcome.
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
Dare we dream that President Trump would revoke China’s “most favored nation” status?
While in Taiwan building a plant we designed, I was stunned to find that there is not the “us vs. them” mentality as the prevailing mood of the people there. I was even struck with the synergy of business going back and forth across the waters there.
It actually benefits the PRC to have the ROC there to help pave their way into the manufacturing and business models to move them out of the ox and plow blade existence. But it is coming to a close and there is very little anyone can do about it when the PRC decides they have attained enough from them.
Chaing Kai Shek never reinquished his claim to China after the commies ran him off the mainland
To my knowledge they've never formally declared themselves a separate independent nation from mainland China
This twilight status has suited them well
To me they're another strategic ball and chain - something our legacy support for has a restricting effect on our (America's) foreign policy options
If they want to declare themselves a separate independent nation we should recognize them as such and back their independence militarily
But they're not "China" - thats the mainland
If they're not willing to declare independence then we should reduce our diplomatic presence to a counsular office of the embassy in Beijing and stop all military cooperation.
I've had it with the "half pregnant" status. 70 years is enough - either declare independence or reassimilate.
.. a review and essay on conservative values
An allegory about China
The popular TV program Office Girls https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_Girls ran in 2011 on Taiwan TV. It is available now on DVD and on NetFlix Stream. The audio is in Mandarin but there are English subtitles. The translation is stilted with no vernacular. There is a much visited web site and the various musical themes are very popular and downloadable and on DVD. (I think . The Web Site is in Mandarin and the Google translate rendering is often comically un understandable)
Who cares? Who cares about a Chinese TV program that has subtitles?
Good question. It is after all a mushy soap opera about the love lives of virtually all the characters. The fact they are heroes or villains matters not, their romance is the apparent main subject. Whats more, what would motivate an old white man ten thousand miles away to watch?
The show about young Chinese has a strong moralist undertone. It is a show with strong conservative values. It is teaching the audience of young Chinese women that it is possible to escape the poverty of the villages and go to the city world, get a job, work very hard, be thrifty, and actually achieve the life seen on TV and in magazines of people in the West. That life includes all sorts of stuff, foods from vending machines, boxed drinks, Noodles cooked in a microwave in wonderful packages. The clothes .. wonderful sexy shorts, sleek dresses and skirts, shoes. One can obtain their own motor scooter and drive it themselves. The young women can learn to pair up and rent a run down apartment that can be transformed into an IKEA like wonder, all while thrift fully saving for the much wanted house of their dreams.
The lessons taught include how to interact to the challenges of dealing with colleagues and bosses in the work place. Many lessons are given about possible events both good and not so good, Some guidance is given on how to act and react.
The setting is in a department store that is actually a large Galleria like mall that gets mistranslated as department store. Although the mall companys administration is quite complex, the focus is on two departments, Operations that looks after the day to day tasks of operating a mall and Leasing that deals with keeping existing retail tenants happy and negotiating new leases. There is a Chairman that runs the whole shebang and his trusted aid.
The 26 year old son of the Chairman, Qin Zi Qi, returned from America where he earned his MBA. He had turned in to a decadent and pretty much worthless spin thrift playboy with no regard for money or how much he wasted. The old man said he could not come into the company unless he spent a year on his own, working, actually working, in the Mall as an entry level employee and living on his earnings. All his credit cards and bank accounts were frozen. His Ferrari was to be parked, he could have his clothes. Auntie, Ms Feng, the Chairmans aid who apparently raised the son was charged with enforcing the sentence and assuring the terms were not broken.
In Operations, there is Sheng Xin Ren, a very modest, moderately attractive, hard working and thrifty to extremes, twenty something young women. She we learn, has come from a distant village where she lived with her mother in rather modest means. Not abject poverty but a quantum extreme from life in the city. She becomes team leader which is a mistranslation of a foreman or some supervisory role above minion. She did this by nose to the grindstone application of her good morals and native intelligence.
Into this comes Qin Zi Qi , said to be the son of parents that run a mom and pop corner store in some distant small town. He was provided an apartment by Auntie but has to pay rent. The apartment is downstairs from that of Xin Ring. He is at first very resentful of his new situation, he cant eat because he has no money, he doesnt have a clue about cooking or laundry or cleaning up or anything having to do with ordinary living. Shen Ring sees he is helpless and agrees for a fee to feed him. He learns to eat broccoli and noodles translated as pasta but believed to be Lo Mein.
Qin Zi Qi is the future of the current allegorical rulers of China. He is smart and has an American MBA. He is presented as a useless playboy spend thrift. His father the chairman insists that to rule he must go to the bottom of the ladder and learn from experience with the people, the office staff. Among the thoughts presented is that of a customer who is wronged by the inadvertent act of Xin Ring. Zi Qi makes an all nighter calling 380 phone numbers to find the wronged clearly American customer to set it right. The American woman had purchased an I phone and Shen Ring, shaken by her inability to speak English and have a normal communication with the American put the wrong phone in the box. Zi Qi finds the woman and personally apologizes on behalf of the Mall for the egregious error. The American it turns out is a journalist and writes a glowing report of his effort and that of the Mall. He gets a real promotion for his action. America is presented as something special to be well taken care of.
Sheng Xin Ren. At first There is total lack of understanding and considerable mistrust. The misunderstanding of Zi Qi of much of life repeatedly leads to the mistrust of Xin Ring. As the year of Zi Qis obligatory placement passes, The relationship changes to knowledgeable respect and in fact true love. She learns that although he is worthless as a living human, he has business savvy and has abilities to really get things done and seeming inexplicably solve real work problems. The allegory describes the growth of the relationship between the protagonists Qin Zi Qi and the point, the outcome, of the fictional allegory is a coming together of the young Chines people with a new and understanding government such that the change is the future.
Mall Operations is pitted as rival to Leasing. There is overlap and turf war at the boss level. Xi Qui is introduced to the beautiful and cunning Zheng Kai Er who falls for him hard. Thus is created a romance triangle.
In the back ground of all this is the mall and Taiwanese city and country life. Every thing we have as Americans, they have. The depiction of products and their use is a teaching method for the audience of country girls and young women. The vending machines are present but made differently. The veggies are the same as ours. Who would have thought Broccoli is a staple in Taipei? The Office Girls like clothes and constantly are depicted in different outfits. Xin Ring is modest and on the job almost always wears slacks. At home a favorite is a long sleeved T shirt bearing the SNICKERS logo. Her roommate Lele favors shorts, short shorts that would be inappropriate in the American work place. Ms Kai Ler favors dresses with a belt. Between these three and the other women depicted, the audience learns about dressing.
Well so what? Back to the original question? Who cares?
Well although the Chairman Qin Mu Bai is old, perhaps 50, he is being taught by these young people that the very future of his company is dependent on their successful activities. His old guard is not capable of producing the change necessary to maintain profitable operations. There are other characters that can be allegorically compared to reality but this short piece is not able to incorporate the complexity of the writers vision.
The program is set in Taiwan with Taiwan citizens that happen to be Chinese. The audience however is much greater. Since the program is widely available, it is certainly seen on the Mainland and with out doubt in Hong Kong. The lessons being taught are directed towards the vast emerging youth population on the Mainland.
There was last month an article in Forbes describing growth of what is known as the Pearl River Delta. Hong Kong is on the eastern shore of the estuary and Macau is on the western shore. To the north is an area said to be as large as Vermont and New Hampshire in which 9 smaller cities within recent time have more or less coalesced into the largest urban area in the world. There are said to be 68 million people now living in that vast urban area. This small area has the 13th largest GDP in the world. Number 14 is Russia.
The Office Girls is directed at those young women living in the Pearl River Delta now and those yet to come from the small towns and villages of China. They are being taught conservative values of thrift and hard work and of dealing with old men and old women, and of the modern world involving the wonders of stuff and a good life.
The Mall is the allegorical communist world governed by the Chairman. His world is changing and out of necessity he is told over and over that his future and that of the Mall, of China, is dependent on the hard work and dedication of the Office Girls in their short shorts and chic dresses. They carry on in spite of him and live their new lives differently, much differently than if they remained in their villages. They point the direction of China.
Think Chicaps, not Chicoms. Young Chicaps are the future
Taiwan is a nuclear power and has been since the early eighties. They rattle their atomic sabre the way Israel has rattled its atomic sabre since the fifties. Which is to say, they pretend it isn’t there.
Next immediate crisis.
Ya know, the opening paragraph sets the tone “everyone knows he lacks experience in foreign affairs”...say’s who?...obama has done a bang up job huh?...bush?...clinton?...bush one did it in half measure?....Carter with helicopters crashing and burning when he tried to rescue the Iranian hostages?...reagan got them all released just by showing up. I’m tired of these f kin a hole writers who don’t know a god damned thing.
I have been to mainland China many times. The ROC does not want to be like the mainland. FReegards!
He has several options if China won’t pull back and accept reason. Taiwan is chief among them.
“But everyone knows he lacks experience in foreign affairs...”
Yes, unlike Peace Laureate BO, who came in as a real expert.
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