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23-09-05, 15:26
International Herald Tribune

New China-U.S. dialogue could strengthen complex ties
By David Lague International Herald Tribune

BEIJING A blunt but nonconfrontational exchange this week between the United States and China suggested that a strategic dialogue that began between the two countries last month may succeed in easing tensions in a relationship that is frequently troubled.

The strategic dialogue is intended to resolve longstanding differences between Beijing and Washington over human rights, Taiwan, trade and weapons control. The exchange between senior officials this week also included a reference to the two countries' opposing positions on the issue of Iran's nuclear program.

Some political analysts said the overall dialogue and exchange of remarks this week indicated that the United States and China appeared to understand that their relationship was complex and difficult but could be managed.

"I think both sides are settled on that as some kind of agreement," said Lu Yiyi, a senior research fellow on China at Chatham House, a London-based international affairs institute. "There are going to be problems and they are not going to be great friends, but there is probably not going to be conflict, either."

In a forthright speech Wednesday, Robert Zoellick, the U.S. deputy secretary of state, laid out the Bush administration's most detailed assessment to date of Chinese-American ties, describing a complex relationship that involves elements of increasingly close economic and diplomatic cooperation alongside the potential for serious conflict.

Zoellick's call for China to embrace an open, democratic government and play a more responsible role in the international community comes at a time when ties between Washington and Beijing have been relatively constructive.

This week in Beijing, China guided the latest round of six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons program to an agreement on principles that might be a step toward a settlement.

That followed a meeting on Sept. 13 between President George W. Bush and President Hu Jintao of China in New York that both sides said had been useful in strengthening ties.

However, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Qin Gang, rejected Zoellick's appeal for political change and was also straightforward in insisting that Washington should mind its own business when it comes to Chinese domestic politics. "Internal affairs should be handled by the government and people of each country," he said. "We should respect another country's right to choose its own development road."

Defending the Chinese political system, Qin said that advances in economic development had delivered rising living standards for the Chinese people. He also defended China's foreign policy and pledged that it would continue to meet its international obligations.

Although the divisive issues between Washington and Beijing are not new, Zoellick's speech in New York to the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations could be seen as a broad agenda for the strategic dialogue that he has been assigned to lead for the Bush administration. The first round in the dialogue was held in Beijing last month.

Other elements of Zoellick's speech seemed to be aimed at domestic hard-liners who want a tougher line from Washington aimed at containing China.

In fact, he suggested that in a modern, globally integrated world, the old strategies of containment and power-balancing were no longer effective. "The global economy of the 21st century is a tightly woven fabric," he said.

"We are too interconnected to try to hold China at arm's length, hoping to promote other powers in Asia at its expense. Nor would the other powers hold China at bay, initiating and terminating ties based on an old model of drawing-room diplomacy."

Zoellick said Iran would provide a test case on Beijing's attitude toward the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The United States and the European Union are urging the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear regulator, to bring Iran's nuclear program before the Security Council over suspicions that Tehran is making nuclear bombs.

China has joined Russia, Brazil and a group of developing countries on the agency's board in opposing this move.

Zoellick also had advice for Beijing on how to manage growing economic and military clout. He said China's rise had created a "cauldron of anxiety" in the United States and that Beijing needed to understand how the absence of transparency and its involvement with troublesome states like Sudan were perceived in the world.

"Uncertainties about how China will use its power will lead the United States, and others as well, to hedge relations with China," he said.

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23-09-05, 22:02
US is making a big mistake by supporting communist china. If this trend continues, facist communist china will become sole super power soon. This will be a tradegy for human rights advocates and disaster for oppressed Uyghurs and Tibets.

24-09-05, 00:53

By Pastor Chuck Baldwin

September 23, 2005


Ever since President Richard Nixon entered into détente with the communist regime in China, America has doggedly assisted in the commercial and military buildup of the Marxist nation. Both Republican and Democratic administrations have mollycoddled the Red Chinese to the point that now they have grown big enough to cause serious concern.

Both Bill Clinton and G.W. Bush have facilitated the transfers of billions of dollars of commercial assistance to Red China, not to mention vast amounts of technology which China has used to further its military machine. Each president refuses to identify China as an adversary, choosing rather to call it a "trading partner." However, China has not been hesitant to use this assistance to construct a formidable military apparatus. At the same time, the U.S. seems determined to reduce our military, especially our navy, to dangerously low levels.

For example, since Ronald Reagan left office, the United States has reduced its navy from a fleet of 600 ships and submarines to 288 and shrinking. To give the reader an idea of just how small our navy has become, our current navy fleet is equal in size to that when William Howard Taft was in office!

Beyond that, our carrier fleet is on its way to the elephant graveyard. Three of the five in service were built before 1975. Consider, too, that the number of fighter aircraft has dropped to fewer than 3,500 and is expected to fall to under 2,000. However, while the United States continues to mothball its military, Communist China is (with America's help) building its military like there is no tomorrow.

The Washington Times recently reported that "China soon will receive a new Kilo submarine from Russia, part of a naval buildup of modern warships and submarines that has triggered new fears for U.S. military planners.

"It is the first of eight advanced Kilos that China is acquiring, and intelligence officials say the submarine will be outfitted with advanced SS-N-27 cruise missiles, which are capable of attacking U.S. warships. Since 2002, China has built 14 submarines."

The Times report quoted one intelligence official as saying, "China's surface-to-air missile forces also are increasing, including new short- and long-range missiles, along with a new warhead that can maneuver to avoid missile defenses.

"If you take a step back and look at the entire array of Chinese weapons, the Kilos, the Songs, the Yuans, the ballistic missiles, this [maneuverable warhead] capability, more surface ships with anti-ship cruise missiles, these are all things that are going to give you capability to deal with any kind of naval force that comes toward you."

The China Reform Monitor recently ran a report saying, "Experts are warning that China is outpacing the United States in the development of attack submarines and could have as much as a three-to-one advantage over the United States by 2025."

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld recently warned that "China's investment in missiles and up-to-date military technology posed a risk not only to Taiwan and to American interests, but also to nations across Asia that view themselves as China's trading partners, not rivals."

Most all China experts agree that the Marxist government in Beijing is planning to attack Taiwan and is preparing to take on the United States if we interfere. It has more than doubled its fleet of amphibious landing and troop-carrying ships. It has entered into an agreement with Russia which guarantees Russia will not help the United States should conflict erupt between the U.S. and China. And just weeks ago, China even participated in joint military maneuvers with Russia. But the Chinese threat is actually even more ominous.

Syndicated columnist, Cal Thomas, recently quoted from a new book written by former special assistant for national security affairs to Ronald Reagan and CIA national intelligence officer, Constantine Menges, entitled, China: The Gathering Threat. Thomas quotes Menges as noting that "China has defined America as its 'main enemy' and can launch nuclear weapons at the U.S. capable of killing 100 million of us.

Thomas continues quoting Menges as saying, "China has threatened to destroy entire American cities if the U.S. helps Taiwan defend itself against a military assault or invasion. China also buys Russian weapons designed to sink U.S. aircraft carriers. It controls more than $200 billion in U.S. debt and sells more than 40 percent of its exports to America, using the profits to strengthen its economy and advanced weapons systems aimed at the U.S."

Furthermore, a World Net Daily report dated Tuesday, September 13, 2005, quotes a Chinese dissident as stating unequivocally that Beijing is planning nuclear war. The WND report states, "Wei Jingsheng, who spent 18 years in detention for his pro-democracy activism, told a forum at the National Press Club in Washington that China needs the distraction of a war with Taiwan to turn attention away from the people's frustration with rampant corruption and failed policies at home."

The WND report also quoted Jingsheng as saying, "The Chinese Communist Party is considering nuclear war, because it is not afraid to sacrifice China's people." Jingsheng cited Chinese general Zhu Chenghu's recent public declaration that "we [China] will prepare ourselves for the destruction of all the cities east of Xian" which would include Shanghai and Beijing. When one considers that China could lose the equivalent of the entire U.S. population and still have over 700 million people left, General Chengu's threat cannot be taken lightly.

So, while the United States continues to spend its manpower and monies on a mouse-size threat in Iraq, it is virtually ignoring-no, worse than that, it is commercially aiding and abetting-our most serious threat: Communist China. Just about everything we buy these days is stamped "Made in China," major American corporations have moved and are moving their plants and operations to China, and all of this is being encouraged by our own government in Washington, D.C. Lenin was right: we are purchasing the rope which will be used to hang us!

© 2005 Chuck Baldwin - All Rights Reserved

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