China’s propaganda machine is amazing. Just now I brought down a search for 730 articles from Google News on how China’s leadership has become absolutely hysterical over Taiwan’s dissolution of the useless and non-operational unification council. Most of the articles really do an amazing job of spewing out the Chinese talking points, about how Taiwan is the real danger here, with hardly a mention that China is the one that is threatening war, and that Taiwan only wishes what it already has: Sovereignity and peace.
“The escalated secessionist push of Chen Shui-bian will certainly trigger a serious crisis across the Taiwan Strait and destroy peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region,” China’s policymaking body warned.
China has refused to have any contact with Chen or his pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, and frequently targets both with threatening rhetoric.
Beijing has hundreds of missiles aimed at Taiwan, just 100 miles off its southeastern coast. The mainland holds annual war games that include simulated assaults on offshore islands, and fired missiles into the sea near Taiwan during its 1996 presidential election in an effort to rattle voters.
China has made repeated threats of war and continues to build up it’s miltary in anticipation of a supposed eventual invasion, while at the same time making these outlandish claims that Taiwan is a threat to stability in Asia. The truth of the situation however is that it is China’s intolerance and aggressive stance against Taiwan that is the real threat here. If China were to put aside the tyrannical and fallacious clam of overlordship over Taiwan and respect their sovereign status, we would have no issue at all here. If they were to even put on a smile and attempt a strong strategic partnership instead of outright dominance over the island, they could reap greater rewards.
Imagine that situation for a minute: China removes the threat of war against Taiwan and instead pursues a policy of commonwealth and cooperation with Taiwan. Business would flourish for both sides, without drowning in political threats, just wading through the usual bureaucracies that are inherent in any country-to-country relationship. Less money and time and angst would be spent on the thought of a senseless war. Maybe even a free trade agreement. With one simple change in attitude, the whole situation could turn for the better.