March 8, 2005


Beijing Leaders Speak of Force to Keep Taiwan 'Chinese' (JOSEPH KAHN, 3/08/05, NY Times)

China's leaders introduced a bill on Tuesday that would effectively pre-authorize military action if Taiwan took concrete steps toward formal independence, a move American officials have said they fear could increase prospects for cross-strait conflict.

The legislation specifies that any changes in Taiwan's Constitution seeking to legalize the island's de facto independent status could be a trigger for military action. It is a direct challenge to President Chen Shui-bian of Taiwan, who had made changing the Constitution a paramount goal of his second term in office.

Too late. Their success as a de facto independent nation has made them Taiwanese, not Chinese.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 8, 2005 9:23 PM
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