August 13, 2000 |
Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian has pulled out of a meeting today with members of Congress, a visit that the Clinton administration did not want to happen for fear of riling Chinese sensitivities to U.S.-Taiwan relations. Chen informed Rep. Sam Gejdenson (D-Conn.) on Saturday night that he was unable to attend, the U.S. congressman said in a staff statement issued in Washington.
August 11, 2000 |
Key House Republicans and Democrats, defying Clinton administration policy, plan to meet with newly elected President Chen Shui-bian of Taiwan when he visits Los Angeles on Sunday on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. Rep.
April 18, 2000 |
Prominent congressional advocates of boosting Taiwan's defense denounced the Clinton administration's decision Monday to delay the sale of four destroyers equipped with sophisticated radar systems and other military hardware meant to help the island stave off threats from mainland China.
March 31, 2000 |
Taiwan is far more vulnerable to attack from China than is generally recognized because its isolated military has fallen behind technologically, according to a highly classified Pentagon report. The 40-page report details "a host of problems" with the Taiwanese military's ability to defend against planes, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles, said a Clinton administration official familiar with it.
March 1, 2000 |
Seeking to ease tensions over Taiwan, the commander of U.S. Pacific forces warned China's military leaders Tuesday that any use of force against the island would be regarded "with grave concern" by Washington, a U.S. official said. Adm. Dennis Blair's appeal for restraint comes after China stepped up pressure on Taiwan ahead of the island's March 18 presidential election. In a declaration last week, China said Taiwan risked attack if it indefinitely rebuffed demands for unification talks.
February 23, 2000 |
Diplomatic tensions between the United States and China escalated Tuesday as the State Department summoned the Chinese ambassador for urgent discussions and the Clinton administration warned Beijing against trying to unify Taiwan with the mainland by force. "The U.S. government rejects any use of force or any threat of force in this situation," White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart said.
February 6, 2000 |
While China is officially neutral in the American presidential elections this year, Chinese officials and scholars make clear they would be happiest with a victory by Vice President Al Gore. One reason is the Chinese fear that a Republican president--even Texas Gov. George W. Bush, whose own father forged strong relations with Beijing--might try to go further in supporting Taiwan against China than either Gore or his Democratic rival, Bill Bradley.
February 2, 2000 |
The House approved Republican-crafted legislation Tuesday designed to strengthen U.S. military ties with Taiwan, overriding objections by the White House and warnings from China that the move could heighten military tensions between the two Asian rivals. After setting the measure aside last fall at the Clinton administration's request, lawmakers Tuesday passed the bill, 341 to 70. The bipartisan majority included 140 Democrats.
January 5, 2000 |
Enough with this talk of millennia. Let's go back to taking things one year at a time. That's especially wise for Asia and for the American role there. A year is time enough for six separatist rebellions in Indonesia, five North Korean extortions, four Japanese governments, three Hong Kong court rulings pledging subservience to China, two Chinese political crackdowns and one (short-lived) Chinese opening--not to mention half a dozen switches in Asia policy by the Clinton administration.
October 10, 1999 |
The breathtaking change seemed to come from nowhere. Three months ago, Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui ushered in an era of heightened confrontation in East Asia by redefining Taiwan's relationship to China as that of one state to another. His statement--which he refused to retract and was scheduled to repeat in a National Day address early today--raised the possibility of military action by China, which claims Taiwan as part of its own territory.