Archive for the ‘National Day’ Category

Musharraf Says ‘Real Democracy’ Begins in Pakistan Now

March 23, 2008
By ZARAR KHAN, Associated Press Writer 

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Embattled President Pervez Musharraf hailed the start of a “new era of real democracy” in Pakistan and vowed Sunday to support an incoming government led by foes bent on diminishing his powers.

President Pervez Musharraf salutes as he attends the Pakistan ... 
President Pervez Musharraf salutes as he attends the Pakistan National Day parade in Islamabad, Pakistan on Sunday, March 23, 2008. Musharraf said Sunday that an ‘era of democracy’ has begun, a day after his political foes named their candidate to lead a coalition government united against him. The U.S.-backed leader spoke early Sunday at a military parade celebrating Pakistan’s national day to commemorate the March 23, 1940, resolution by Islamic leaders in British India that eventually led to the formation of Pakistan.(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

A Pakistani-made Shaheen II missile, capable of carrying nuclear ... 
A Pakistani-made Shaheen II missile, capable of carrying nuclear war heads, loaded on a trailer rolls down during the Pakistan National Day parade in Islamabad, Pakistan on Sunday, March 23, 2008. Musharraf said Sunday that an ‘era of democracy’ has begun, a day after his political foes named their candidate to lead a coalition government united against him. The U.S.-backed leader spoke early Sunday at a military parade celebrating Pakistan’s national day to commemorate the March 23, 1940, resolution by Islamic leaders in British India that eventually led to the formation of Pakistan.(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

“The journey toward democracy and development we started eight years ago is now reaching its destination,” said the former army strongman, who seized power in a 1999 coup. “A new era of real democracy has begun.”

The U.S.-backed leader was speaking at a military parade celebrating Pakistan‘s national day. Flatbed trucks rolled past his viewing stand displaying pieces of Pakistan’s nuclear-armed arsenal: camouflage-painted Shaheen missiles about 40 feet long.

Military helicopters swooped past Musharraf flying huge Pakistani flags and spewing decorative, multicolored smoke. Fighter jets flew overhead in formation of a heart.

Musharraf quit the military in November but retains sweeping presidential powers to fire parliament and the prime minister. The parties who defeated his allies in the recent elections are hoping to strip away some of his powers, as well as reverse his decision to purge the courts and review his U.S.-backed terrorism policies.

“I hope the new government can maintain peace and the fast pace of socio-economic development in Pakistan,” Musharraf said Sunday. “And I hope it will also continue our struggle against the curse of terrorism and extremism with the same force.”

On Saturday, the party of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto named former parliament speaker Yousaf Raza Gilani as its candidate for the country’s next prime minister, after routing Musharraf’s allies to win the most seats in last month’s polls.

Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party is forming a majority coalition with the party of the prime minister ousted in Musharraf’s coup, Nawaz Sharif, which came in second in the elections. Neither group took enough votes to govern alone.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080323/ap_on_re_as/pakistan_politics
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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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China Announces Gains in Air Defense

October 10, 2007

By David Lague
The New York Times
October 10, 2007

BEIJING, Oct. 10 — The blanket of China’s air defense radar now almost matches similar networks in developed countries, state media reported today, in an announcement that coincided with Taiwan’s first National Day military parade in 16 years.

A senior officer from Chinese Air Force headquarters, Fang Lei, said a seamless network of all-weather air defense radars had been installed to cover all Chinese airspace, according to a report on the Web site of the official military newspaper, the Liberation Army Daily.

Read the rest:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/11/world/asia/11china.html

China Called Threat to World Peace

October 10, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
October 10, 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.

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

A Taiwan-born translator in Washington D.C. translated President Chen’s speech into English for Peace and Freedom.

President 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 new cruise missile that analysts say could reach Shanghai.

Tensions Rising Between China and Taiwan
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Said one China watcher we spoke to, “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.”

“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,” said President Chen.

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.

China 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,” the paper said.

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.”
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Some additional relavent information on this:

–The U.S. Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 stipulates that 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 that the United States intervene in these situations.

–During the first week of September at the Sydney, Australia Asia-Pacific regional summit President Hu Jintao told President Bush that the next two years will be a time of “high danger” for Taiwan, as the island republic prepares again to apply for a seat in the United Nations. “This year and next year are a period of high danger for the Taiwan situation,” Mr. Hu told Mr. Bush in bilateral talks, according to a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman. “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.”
http://www.washingtontimes.com/article/20070907/
NATION/109070093/1002

–President Bush said today he would attend an event next week with the Buddhist Dalai Lama. This is a provocation to China which is unlike President Bush.
Bush throws down gauntlet to China with Dalai Lama meeting

–China announced today that it had completed activation of a seamless network of all-weather air defense radars to cover all Chinese airspace.
China Announces Gains in Air Defense

–Taiwan has talked a lot about increased funding for self defense but has not done much.

Taiwan says China military buildup is world threat

October 10, 2007

TAIPEI (AFP) – Taiwan’s President Chen Shui-bian warned in a national address Wednesday that China’s military build-up was threatening world peace, and urged it to halt military exercising targeting the island.

“With China’s rapid rise and relentless military build-up, the ‘China threat’ is no longer confined to confrontation across the Taiwan Strait….

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20071010/ts_afp/
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