Hu and the mainland policymakers believe Taiwan should be reunified EVENTUALLY. However, the operational stance has always been to build on first preserving the status quo; both these goals haven’t changed since the 1970s when Nixon was informed of them. Have you been on Mars?
Also, several times, administration officials, notably in the State Department at the spokesmen level, on up to Colin Powell at one point, have explicitly stated the US opposes Taiwan independence, that Taiwan is not an independent country, and that Taiwan is a part of China.
It is right to view these as mostly rhetoric, but I don’t see what there is to be happy about for TI/ers. Bush says he doesn’t support TI. In contrast, he never said he doesn’t support reunification, as AC pointed out.
Also, it isn’t just Bush who doesn’t support Taiwan independence.
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[quote]Feinstein insists U.S. not bound to protect Taiwan
By K. Oanh Ha
In remarks certain to please visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Thursday told a gathering of Chinese-American business and cultural leaders in San Francisco that the United States has no obligation to defend Taiwan if it provokes China into a military confrontation.
Feinstein’s comments came on a day when Hu and President Bush sat down together in Washington to discuss a range of issues – including Taiwan, which China regards as the No. 1 issue in U.S.-China relations. Before his first U.S. visit this week, Hu urged Taiwanese leaders to resume talks with China and called actions toward independence a threat to the region.
``It is important to point out a common misconception – nowhere does the TRA explicitly require the U.S. to go to war with the mainland over Taiwan,’’ Feinstein said, referring to the Taiwan Relations Act, at the annual conference of the Committee of 100 in San Francisco. The group helps foster U.S.-China relations.
The act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 1979, is the foundation of U.S.-Taiwan relations. Some supporters of Taiwan assume the United States is legally bound to defend the island, but the United States’ obligation to Taiwan has increasingly become a point of contention as Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian has promoted Taiwan independence. His provocations have irked the Bush administration and caused tensions in U.S.-Taiwan relations.
China claims Taiwan as part of its territory. Since 1979, the United States has acknowledged China’s ``one-China’’ policy and recognizes Beijing as the legitimate government of all China.
Feinstein isn’t the first U.S. official to assert that the United States isn’t legally bound to defend Taiwan, but her comments are certain to cause ripples. Bush had pledged in 2001 that the ``U.S. will do whatever it takes to defend Taiwan.’’
Feinstein’s comments surprised some at the conference.
It's a very important policy statement that clears the air and brings clarity to the issue,'' said George Koo, vice chair of the Committee of 100. I think it will greatly enhance the U.S.-China relationship.’’
Taiwanese-Americans who are pro-Taiwan were upset by Feinstein’s comments.
I'm disappointed that a U.S. senator has misinterpreted the law,'' said Kuor Hsin Chang of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs, which advocates for Taiwan's maintaining its independence.’’
A Taiwan official in San Francisco’s Taipei Economic and Cultural Office declined to comment on Feinstein’s remarks.
We always want to maintain peace,'' said Yin Tsou Lin, division director of political affairs. We are not in a position to provoke anyone to go to war over us.’’
Lin pointed out that when China fired unarmed missiles across the Taiwan Strait in 1996, the United States sent warships to the island.[/quote]
The bolded part is laughable. If K H Chang thinks he has the right interpretation of the law, that Taiwan has a blank check to draw on redeemable in others’ lives, he will continue to be disappointed. His is the delusional mentality typical of TI/ers in America (so-called pro-Taiwan Taiwanese Americans) and the TI lobby of which FAPA is a part, and his ilk are the strongest supporters of TI because, guess what, they are safe, being an ocean away from conflict.