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China Watch

October 16, 2007

John E. Carey
The Washington Times
October 21, 2007

“With China’s rapid rise and relentless military build-up, the ‘China threat’ is no longer confined to confrontation across the Taiwan Strait. In fact, it has already seriously impacted world peace,” said Taiwan’s President Chen Shui-bian on Oct. 10, 2007.

He urged the international community to “strongly demand that China immediately withdraw missiles deployed along its southeastern coast targeted at Taiwan, stop military exercises simulating attacks on Taiwan.”

Mr. Chen was kicking off Taiwan’s annual National Day parade. The parade featured, for the first time in 16 years, military troops and equipment. Yet Taiwan took out of the parade line up, at the last minute, its secret cruise missile, the HF-2E, that analysts say could reach Shanghai.

Said one China-watcher we spoke to on the phone from Shanghai: “We have to assume Taiwan just wanted to keep this missile from being photographed. Certainly President Chen’s remarks would provoke China but there was not too much new or surprising here. Chen has been outspoken before.”

President Chen accused Beijing of ignoring peace overtures and using “ever more belligerent rhetoric and military intimidation.”

At the Asia-Pacific regional summit on Sept. 7 in Sydney, Australia, President Hu Jintao of China reportedly told President Bush the next two years will be a time of “high danger” for Taiwan. “This year and next year are a period of high danger for the Taiwan situation,” Mr. Hu told Mr. Bush in bilateral talks, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
Former President Jiang Zemin standing side-by-side with his successor, Hu Jintao, at the 16th Party Congress.

Former President Jiang Zemin standing
side-by-side with his successor, Hu Jintao,
at the 16th Party Congress.
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“We must give stronger warnings to the Taiwan authorities,” Liu Jianchao quoted the Chinese president as saying. “We cannot allow anyone to use any means to split Taiwan from the motherland.”

But Taiwan’s Mr. Chen has been unrelenting. In his National Day address, he said: “Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China are two sovereign, independent nations, and neither exercises jurisdiction over the other. This is a historical fact. This is the status quo across the Taiwan Strait.”

China doesn’t see it that way. China views Taiwan as a renegade breakaway province that needs to be returned to Beijing’s control. China has been beefing up ballistic missile and other forces facing Taiwan and has been promoting more senior military officers with experience in planning operations against Taiwan.

Within the last six weeks, China replaced its chief of general staff for the People’s Liberation Army. A commander once tasked with making war preparations against Taiwan, Chen Bingde, was named to run the day-to-day operations of the PLA.

China also recently again blocked Taiwan’s recognition by the United Nations — a sore point in Taiwan since 1949. “Only the people of Taiwan have the right to decide their nation’s future,” President Chen said.

Early last July a Defense White Paper from Japan expressed concern about China. “There are fears about the lack of transparency concerning China’s military strength,” the paper said. “In January this year, China used ballistic missile technology to destroy one of its own satellites. There was insufficient explanation from China, sparking concern in Japan and other countries about safety in space as well as the security aspects.”

That same week, Australia’s Prime Minister John Howard said, “The pace and scope of [China’s] military modernization, particularly the development of new and disruptive capabilities such as the anti-satellite missile, could create misunderstandings and instability in the region.”

What are the implications for the United States? The 1979 Taiwan Relations Act stipulates the United States will “consider any effort to determine the future of Taiwan by other than peaceful means, including by boycotts or embargoes, a threat to the peace and security of the Western Pacific area are of grave concern to the United States” but does not mandate intervention.

With the United States increasingly interlocked with China in trade and both nations seeking a successful Beijing Olympics next summer, it is increasingly important that the U.S. keep crystal-clear its foreign policy intentions with China and Taiwan.

John E. Carey is former president of International Defense Consultants Inc and a frequent contributor to The Washington Times.
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“Trust, But Verify” Applies to China

August 23, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
August 22, 2007

President Ronald Reagan, when asked if he trusted his main communist adversary, the Soviet Union, coined the phrase “Trust, But Verify.”

That may be, in fact we think must be, the way all of the west should view today’s China.  A long series of product safety scandals rocked both China the producer and all other nations, since last December.  The lesson for the west certainly is, “Trust, But Verify.”

Last weekend, China’s director of product safety, the Most Honorable Li Changjiang said on China’s state TV network, “More than 99 percent of our goods meet standards.  Demonizing Chinese products, or talking of the Chinese product threat, I think is simply a new kind of trade protectionism.”

He went on to say, this last nine months of scandal and bad news about China’s products  was all “politically motivated, unfair, biased and poisoned by jealousy.”

Maybe so Most Honorable Li Changjiang, but since your TV appearance:

– The government of New Zealand began to investigate clothing imports from China after some were found to contain dangerously high levels of the chemical formaldehyde. Concentrations up to 900 times the normal safe level of formaldehyde were found in woolen and cotton clothes from China.  A Physician told us, on the condition of anonymity, “This level of formaldehyde is toxic, even cancer causing.”

– A Beijing factory was found to have recycled used chopsticks and sold up to 100,000 pairs a day without any form of disinfection.  This is so blatantly wrong and dangerous that no further comment is necessary.

-The U.S. corporation that imports SpongBob SquarePants journals made in China announced that the products contain toxic lead paint.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission ordered a recall.

And just to remind you, Most Honorable Li Changjiang, on August 5, 2007, your deputy head of the State Food and Drug Administration, Hui Lusheng, said, “At present, the food safety situation has improved, yet is still serious.”

“Since last year reports of ‘red-yolk duck eggs’ and so on have often caused wide concern in society about food safety, and warned us that our country is in a period of high risk,” Hui said, referring to a contaminated egg scare.

“Dealing with and preventing food safety risks is a long-term, arduous and complicated project, which needs society to work together and comprehensive prevention,” she added.

Toys, toothpaste, cough syrup, seafood, eggs, pet food and a host of other products made in China have been found to be unsafe, poisonous or toxic since last December.

And China has been less than 100% truthful.  The truth is, China rarely if ever speaks the truth.  And now the world knows.

But many in the world knew before or should have known before.  And companies such as America’s Mattel Toy company did not do due diligence by properly verifying Chinese claims and thoroughly inspecting products made in China.  One Mattel executive, who asked us not to use his name, told us, “We lost control of the manufacturing process.”

Mattel forgot to inspect and verify.

We consulted with a manufacturing process and quality specialist with experience in China who told us, “I found it impossible to get companies in China to acknowledge that foreign customers needed to exert some control over the process and thus the product.  The Chinese just would not listen.  Now they are reaping the result.”

The process engineers finished with this: “It is quite impossible for any Chinese official to guarantee anything in China because of the lack of control that the government has and the lack of standards we take for granted in the west.”

Pssst.  American companies: you cannot trust China.  You have to verify.

So Pssst.  China!  Get with the rest of the world.  Join the 21st century.  Abide by our product requirements.  Read, understand and follow the specifications.  Enforce your laws, make new regulations where needed, admit the truth and wash your hands!

End Note: America, Great Britain, Japan and other nations need to apply President Reagan’s “Trust, But Verify” rule to China’s military.  The amount of military spending and types of weapon development projects in China are cloely guarded secrets.  We need to do some verification.

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