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Post time 2006-5-16 04:47:24 |Display all floors
Tom Barnett in his new book "Blueprint For Action" suggest that it is time to drop the strategically fuzzy U.S. policy on Taiwan, and make it clear that American will not war with China over Taiwan.

http://www.thomaspmbarnett.com/weblog/

However, he also mentioned that one part of his reasoning is based on the perception that 5th and 6th genreation leaders, many educated in the U.S., will be taking power between 2010 and 2015.  Barnett thinks that a continued support of Taidu is going to jeopardize this strategic window of opportunity for America to change China.  He pitches that Washington should use the Taiwan issue as a bargaining chip TODAY to extract a strategic military partnership with China.  Barnett suggests that by ditching Taiwan, America can bring about a NATO type organization in Asia, to be led by China, in the process permanently remove the N. Korean nuclear problem, and resolve the East Asia missile defense needs.  With this in place, Ameriac can spare the Asian U.S. forces to be used in the Middle East and Africa, and can at the same time greatly step up cooperation with China in both the Middle East and Africa, which in turn assures many more decades of American leadership.  According to Bannett, to give up all these opportunities for Taidu simply is not in America's interest.

The recent public spanking of Taidu Bian by the Americans indicate that at least someone high up in the administration had been listening.

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Post time 2006-5-16 11:30:51 |Display all floors
Americans behave in line with its own interest.Taiwan is only a chess to counter mainland. Of course, American govenment could abandon taiwan whenever they feel needed.

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Post time 2006-5-16 12:43:46 |Display all floors
Originally posted by sundayrun at 2006-5-16 11:30
Americans behave in line with its own interest.Taiwan is only a chess to counter mainland. Of course, American govenment could abandon taiwan whenever they feel needed.

...abandon......feel needed

this is only your opinion

but I sugggest
you search and read
Taiwan Relations Act

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Post time 2006-5-16 13:16:12 |Display all floors
I've read the Taiwan Relations Act. It looks great on paper, but that doesn't mean I'm going to be naive about it. America has its own agenda, and that agenda has never been about the alleged "protection of democracy".

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Post time 2006-5-16 14:17:25 |Display all floors

looks great?

Originally posted by yanyin at 2006-5-16 13:16
I've read the Taiwan Relations Act. It looks great on paper, but that doesn't mean I'm going to be naive about it. America has its own agenda, and that agenda has never been about the alleged " ...



Americans are great in playing english wording games, yes, they are the super-stars. As China is entering a circle of non-stop meteoric economic expansion, and america's own economic health closely intertwined with China's day by day, the power - brokers in Washington are feeling the heat, and is considering changing course.  Everyone knows, confrontation with China will lead this world to nowhere.

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Post time 2006-5-16 14:42:37 |Display all floors

this is good news for both China and America

US commander invites China to observe Guam drills

(Agencies)
Updated: 2006-05-16

The commander of US forces in the Pacific, Admiral William Fallon, has invited Chinese officers to observe US-led joint military exercises next summer near the Pacific island of Guam, a move pointing toward a warming-up of the military ties between the two Pacific powers.

Chinese Defence Minister General Cao Gangchuan (R) measures an unidentified U.S. military officer as the commander of U.S. Pacific Command Admiral William Fallon (C) looks on during a meeting in the Chinese Ministry of Defence in Beijing May 10, 2006. [Reuters]
Admiral Fallon is reportedly having flashed a broad grin as he sat in the cockpit of a twin-engine FB-7 fighter-bomber, China's most advanced domestically produced warplane in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province.

"They had to drag me out of there," recalled Fallon, a veteran carrier pilot, as he described the first such close look by a US official of the modern two-seater, which is scheduled to become a key part of China's air defenses.

According to a Washington Post report, Fallon's visit to China's 28th Air Division, based near Hangzhou, and his pilot's inspection of the newly deployed FB-7 were high points in a week-long tour of Chinese military installations and meetings with senior officers, including Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan.

At a windup briefing in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning Province, Monday, Fallon said the visits marked a significant step forward in his drive to increase contacts between the US and Chinese militaries as a way to dissolve suspicions and reduce chances that the two powers will go to war.

"They really went out of their way to accommodate nearly everything I wanted to do," he said. The goal, he added, is to push for more contacts, "to see more things and different things, and to be more open and transparent in military matters," the Washington Post reported

Seeking to accelerate the movement, Fallon said, he invited senior Chinese officers to observe the upcoming military drills near the Guam, promising them the opportunity to review US bases and board US warships during air-sea drills.

Implicit in the invitation, he added, was the idea that, if the Chinese attend, they would reciprocate by inviting US officers to observe future Chinese exercises "in a manner we would like to make a standard for both countries."

"That's what this is all about," he said, adding: "There are extensive contacts in every area. The one lag, the one exception, is in military-to-military contacts. We set out last year to right that."

Fallon said during his 90-minute discussions with General Cao, who is vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, he was asked why the Pentagon, in its recent Quadrennial Defense Report, suggested China is the country with the greatest potential to pose a challenge to the US military in the future.

"As we discussed these items, it struck me that we have a long way to go," Fallon said.

The United States and China cut off military contacts in 2001 after a US Navy EP-3 surveillance plane and a Chinese fighter collided over the South China Sea, killing a Chinese pilot and forcing the US aircraft to make an emergency landing on China's Hainan Island.

Since taking over as head of the Honolulu-based US Pacific Command in February 2005, Fallon has campaigned to restore and strengthen the ties, seeking to multiply contacts at all levels of the two countries' military hierarchies.

Cao also endorsed restoring and expanding military-to-military relations, telling the New China News Agency that they are "an important part of bilateral relations." But he did not immediately respond to Fallon's invitation for Chinese officers to observe next summer's Valiant Shield exercises around Guam.

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Post time 2006-5-16 15:25:09 |Display all floors
Yanyin, Jimmy helped me to answer the quesiton from lap5900, thanks.

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