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Russian military leaders have expressed concern about US plans
for a national missile defense system. Will defense technology be
limited by possibilities for a strategic imbalance? Is this just SDI
all over again?
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- 01:37pm Apr 4, 2001 EST (#1973
The Taiwanese and Chinese people are mostly interested in one
thing -- GOOD COMMERCE. The ideology of the Mainland Chinese
Government to contain and control everyone and everything East of
the Great Wall is historical compulsion. Perhaps for reasons of
Speaking with a Chinese guy last week, he said that 95% fo
Chinese are HAN. HAN regard an adult-child's marriage to anyone in
the ranks of the 'outer' 5% as a matter to be actively discouraged.
Translated those who are not HAN don't enjoy equity with those who
are HAN. So it's my feeling that the Korean-Chinese and
Tibetan-Tibetans etc are 'outcasts' in their own lands.
Back to the Taiwanese. Some of the Taiwanese are financially well
established. Because of the continual threats from 'China', they
have developed as a Global nation, having money and accommodation
with dual citizenships where possible across the world.
The Taiwanese operate from both Taiwan (and back into China re
business and commerce) and their adopted new nations. When the above
article was written the Taiwanese men (here) were having interfamily
meetings at which they were expressing real concern with regards to
the 'actions' of China.
My thinking on this is that while China 'wants' Taiwan, it is
currently enjoying all the Business and Commerce and Growth and
Development brought to it (backwards into China) by the Taiwanese.
They being the sophisticated link between that ensures the growth of
the Chinese economy!
The Taiwanese state may have a framework that is enabling,
whereas China and the Provinces are not as forwardly developed.
Were China to 'crush' Taiwan, the Taiwanese might look elsewhere
to place their orders for GOODS that they currently have produced in
The concern shouldn't be America Taiwan relationship, rather
China Government - China Provinces relationships. It's the internal
development of China to a higher transparent standard that is the
- 01:55pm Apr 4, 2001 EST (#1974
The Taiwanese came out of China in the late Twenties with the
overthrow of the old regime by the clumsey and cruel new brush of
the then communism ... Taiwanese may even now genuinely believe that
China would and will literally 'wipe them out'. Their panic and
looking towards the USA will be a matter pertaining to their basic
health and well-being .. in a word human survival. The Taiwanese
know China, are 'chinese', yet don't feel that they can actually
trust the Mainland Chinese.
If there are reasons why they distrust the Chinese Government -
these relate to problems with that body, rather than problems with
Taiwan. If they did trust Mainland Government - if it was open and
honest and genuinely concerned to re-unite China for the RIGHT
reasons with GOOD intention, then how could external forces prevent
such a happening - they couldn't.
[The last paragraph might be re-read substituting the names:
Russia and Chetnya ]
- 01:57pm Apr 4, 2001 EST (#1975
- 06:56pm Apr 4, 2001 EST (#1976
If people have enough skills to have sophisticated economic
cooperation , and there is something reasonably describable as
good faith and good sense on both sides, they can live in peace.
Especially if each side can both help and hurt the
other in measured ways.
Historically, both Russia and China have had relatively thin
cultural skills in accomodating flexible complex cooperation.
With some learning, both countries could run better, and be more
comfortable and richer. They wouldn't have to sacrifice national
identy in any significant way to learn the things they need to
learn. They's be not only richer, but prouder, if they gained new
skills in complex cooperation.
The same thing is true, even more so, for many of the Islamic
countries. In William McNeill's THE RISE OF THE WEST -- a
very good survey of world history, he classifies Moslem history from
1460 to the present as " the moslem catalepsy." Catalepsy is
paralysis. And historically, the word fits. The Arab nations,
astride trade routes, close to all the technical developments of
Europe, basically literate, have done amazingly badly
compared to what one might have expected -- they often seem, still,
to be a medieval culture not too different in basics from what their
forefathers must have been like in the 1450's.
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