April 5, 2004
The US Can't Be Trusted on Taiwan
he Taiwan question is nothing less than the question
of China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The United States' sales
of advanced weaponry to Taiwan, a gesture of connivance to the island's
separatist factions, are a serious affront to China's sovereignty.
The US decision to sell US$1.78 billion in advanced radar systems
to Taiwan is a blatant violation of the principles laid down in the three
Sino-US joint communiques and its one-China policy commitment.
sending the wrong signals to the island's pro-independence forces, the US
move will only jeopardize China's peaceful reunification and the political
foundation of Sino-US relations.
It also risks torpedoing peace
and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, in particular the current
complex and sensitive situation across the Taiwan Straits.
United States truly values its relations with China, as it claims, it
should abide by its promises.
Taiwan, an integral part of China,
is not Washington's military satellite.
Washington made explicit
commitments in the Sino-US joint communique signed on August 17, 1982,
which states the US "does not seek to carry out a long-term policy of arms
sales to Taiwan, and it intends gradually to reduce its sale of arms to
Taiwan, leading, over a period of time, to a final resolution."
Instead of keeping its word, the United States has never severed
its military connections with Taipei, and has in fact increased those ties
at a time when the island's separatist forces led by Chen Shui-bian have
been seeking independence more boldly and overtly than ever before.
The United States has repeatedly reiterated its commitment to
adhering to the one-China policy and not to support Taiwan independence,
yet continues to give the island moral and material support.
Washington eats its words and loses credibility by trying to
balance its two-faced stance towards Taiwan.
What makes the United
States so aggressive about the island, however, is its extensive
The Taiwan authorities' fantasy of independence
would not have run so rampant without US connivance, and Taiwan would not
have become a question at all had the United States not intervened.
Neither a united China nor a war across the Taiwan Straits fits in
with the United States' perception of its own interests in the
While admonishing Taiwan against declaring
independence, the United States has always vowed to intervene if the
mainland resorted to force to ensure the nation's reunification.
Washington has maintained a deep-rooted contradictory policy
towards Taiwan for decades in order to cement its own interests in the
Asia-Pacific at the sacrifice of the interests of the Chinese people
across the Straits.
No amount of mealy-mouthed rhetoric can
disguise that objective.
Source: China Daily