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LI XIAO POO

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Feb 26, 2012
 
Should the U.S. be willing to sacrifice Los Angeles for Taipei? It’s horrendous to contemplate, but it’s the kind of question that underlies a simmering debate over U.S. policy toward Taiwan.

As China’s economic and military power grows, and Taiwan’s long-term future remains unclear, that debate deserves a wider airing. The tension, and the stakes, will only increase as the Obama administration undertakes its much-trumpeted “pivot” to Asia.

Taiwan didn’t surface as a big issue in Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Washington. The re- election of Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou, who has downplayed talk of independence and promoted ties with China, has also reduced cross-strait tensions. And the recent U.S. decision to upgrade Taiwan’s F-16s fighter planes rather than sell it newer ones provoked relatively mild heartburn in Beijing.

Nonetheless, the status quo that has prevailed since the U.S. recognition of China in 1979 -- a delicate balance that has supported not just China’s growth, but also the development of a vibrant, democratic Taiwan -- is under threat. China’s military edge over Taiwan is growing, as is the influence of its military on policy and the volatility of Chinese nationalist sentiment. Future U.S. sales to Taiwan of advanced weapons necessary to counter China’s advantage may trigger a harsher reaction.(Under the Taiwan Relations Act that Congress passed in 1979, the U.S. is required to “provide Taiwan with arms of a defensive character.”) Meanwhile, as the economic and strategic importance of U.S.-China relations grows, so does the U.S. temptation to advance those ties at Taiwan’s expense.

Of course, in the best diplomatic tradition, the cross- strait status quo has always rested to some degree on evasions and half-truths. China and Taiwan agree that there is only “one China”-- just not which China that is. The U.S. maintains only unofficial relations with Taiwan, but that includes military exchanges and training, occasional Cabinet-level visitors and embassy surrogates. Taiwan is a plucky front-line state that seeks U.S. military help, yet it spends only 2.1 percent of its own gross domestic product on defense. The U.S., President George W. Bush said, will “do whatever it takes” to defend Taiwan -- a few months before he changed his tune, after the Sept. 11 attacks, to secure Chinese cooperation in the war on terrorism.

Recently, several former senior U.S. policy makers have recommended that the U.S. re-examine its support for Taiwan, in particular its arms sales. One of them, former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, gingerly wrote in Foreign Affairs that “it is doubtful that Taiwan can indefinitely avoid a more formal connection with China.” Such arguments provoked a counter-chorus arguing that their proponents were guilty of seeking to abandon Taiwan.

The most important step the U.S. could take, however, would be to reconsider its hands-off attitude toward resolving cross- strait tensions. This no-mediation principle is enshrined in the catechism of U.S. China policy -- the so-called “Six Assurances” that President Ronald Reagan offered to Taipei in 1982. But it essentially leaves the U.S. hostage to Chinese and Taiwanese behavior, whether a dangerous Chinese buildup of forces, a future move toward independence by Taiwan, or even a blithe assumption on the part of the Taiwanese that the status quo can continue indefinitely. In the past, the U.S. has declared its support for confidence-building measures between the militaries of Taiwan and China. Why stop there? The U.S. could suggest a framework for the militaries to pursue -- things like operational military hotlines and maritime safety protocols, perhaps facilitated by Singapore, which has used such measures to ease tensions with its neighbors.
Timm Maddog

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Feb 26, 2012
 
China has come a long way since the 'Long March'.

Is it worthy for China to risk goin to war over peaceful and a non-threathening ROC, Taiwan now?



Beijing should learn from Yao Ming who did not threaten Jeremy Lin with force when the latter refused to sign with the Shang Hai Sharks.
LI XIAO POO

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Feb 27, 2012
 

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you fancy JL, DON'T YOU???

JL is an american, idiot! and taiwan is part of china.
Timm Maddog

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Feb 28, 2012
 

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LI XIAO POO wrote:
you fancy JL, DON'T YOU???
JL is an american, idiot! and taiwan is part of china.
China is part of ROC.

PROC is a renegade communist state that should be democratically liberated !
LI XIAO POO

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Timm Maddog wrote:
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China is part of ROC.
PROC is a renegade communist state that should be democratically liberated !
this confirms your stupidity and your lack of education and ignorance of world affairs.

taiwan is NOT AN INDEPENDENT SOVEREIGN NATION

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Mar 5, 2012
 
Timm Maddog wrote:
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China is part of ROC.
PROC is a renegade communist state that should be democratically liberated !
In fact we had to admit that Taiwan is part of China.It can be found from China's 5,000 years of history.I study abroad in China for 5 years, understand this point.
Jason Tong

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In fact we had to admit that Taiwan is part of China.It can be found from China's 5,000 years of history.I study abroad in China for 5 years, understand this point.
5500 years ago taiwan owned by alishan people.

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Jason Tong wrote:
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5500 years ago taiwan owned by alishan people.
Yes! Gaoshan is one of China's 55 minority nationalities :)
Jason Tong

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lindalucky123 wrote:
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Yes! Gaoshan is one of China's 55 minority nationalities :)
i know u r joke joke only :) alishan people no chinky eye :) color not yellow but like hawaiian! speak malay!
LI XIAO POO

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lindalucky123 wrote:
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In fact we had to admit that Taiwan is part of China.It can be found from China's 5,000 years of history.I study abroad in China for 5 years, understand this point.
You are a very intelligent person.

Only idiots cannot see the point. Taiwan cannot seek independence nor is it a sovereign nation.

It's simply part of CHINA.

THOSE IDIOTS ARE ACTIVELY CAMPAIGNING AGAINST CHINA BECAUSE THEY ARE PAID AS WWHORES TO SPREAD THEIR ANTI-CHINA PROPAGANDA.

WITHOUT CHINA, THE WORLD ECONOMY WILL COLLAPSE.

PEOPLE OF TAIWAN MUST ACCEPT PEACEFUL REUNIFICATION. DON'T TRY TO FIGHT MOTHERLAND CHINA.

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Jason Tong wrote:
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i know u r joke joke only :) alishan people no chinky eye :) color not yellow but like hawaiian! speak malay!
you may made some misdake as Gaoshan race was migrated from Fujian provience of China and the language they speak is fairy similar with Min Nan. After all China has more than 5000 years history. hope you can understand.
Timm Maddog

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Mar 15, 2012
 
Jason Tong wrote:
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i know u r joke joke only :) alishan people no chinky eye :) color not yellow but like hawaiian! speak malay!
You are right bro! Tsou Nation of Ali mountain are Austronesian and not Han Gaoshan. Apples and oranges.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwanese_aborig...

http://www.taiwanfirstnations.org/
Timm Maddog

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http://www.taiwanfirstnations.org/UNReport.ht...

If there's a will, there's a way!

Masalu!
LI XIAO POO

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Timm Maddog wrote:
http://www.taiwanfirstnations. org/UNReport.htm
If there's a will, there's a way!
Masalu!
WE KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

DON'T meddle in chinese affairs.

TAIWAN WILL ALWAYS BE A PROVINCE OF CHINA.

Since: Feb 12

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Mar 15, 2012
 
Timm Maddog wrote:
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You are right bro! Tsou Nation of Ali mountain are Austronesian and not Han Gaoshan. Apples and oranges.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwanese_aborig...
http://www.taiwanfirstnations.org/
In fact it has always been a part of China.
Tips: everytime Taiwan attends international events,it would be reported : China Taiwan which is same as Hongkong.

maybe you should under the trip to China and have a good understanding of their culture. may it helps :)
Jason Tong

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Mar 16, 2012
 

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lindalucky123 wrote:
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you may made some misdake as Gaoshan race was migrated from Fujian provience of China and the language they speak is fairy similar with Min Nan. After all China has more than 5000 years history. hope you can understand.
HAHAHA! u r very funny like mister bean! you welcome to here alishan tour , listen to alisahn people talk and see if you know meaning , if alishan people speak min nan tour free! if no speak min nan you marry alishan village chief !

ok?
LI XIAO POO

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Mar 16, 2012
 
lindalucky123 wrote:
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In fact it has always been a part of China.
Tips: everytime Taiwan attends international events,it would be reported : China Taiwan which is same as Hongkong.
maybe you should under the trip to China and have a good understanding of their culture. may it helps :)
DON'T BE SO INFLAMED WITH TIM THE MADDOG AS HE IS A PAID WWHORE TO SPREAD his anti-china propaganda of lies.

he uses the cowardly shield of being an english teacher to do his covert agent provocateur activities and to stir up the hatred oft he few renegades still longing t=for the return of KMT!!!
Zorro

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Mar 17, 2012
 
Poo, you're a nauseating creep. Your "China owns Taiwan" line is the same as that of North Korea as described in "Escape from Camp 14".
Ben Lang

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Poo is antique .
Tony

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I won't mind Poo's comments if he was more coherent and actually had some relevant information or unbiased opinions. The obvious cutting and pasting and use of such bad grammar is just sad. "Yelling" in all caps is not going to make anyone agree with you. Seriously, he acts like an angry old Chinese parent who can only yell without explaining anything. Need to catch up to current times.

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