Despite President Bush’s opposition, China has passed a law giving it the right to use force against Taiwan if the island declares independence. U.S. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the United States objected to the resolution both because it was an attempt to solve the problem unilaterally and because it threatened non-peaceful means. Does anyone else find Boucher’s statement to be hypocritical?
With China’s People’s Liberation Army at 2.5 million strong, a rocky relationship between China and the US would be detrimental and a threat to world peace. China’s investment in their military over the last few years is a serious subject and is a major concern for the US. Thankfully for the rest of the world, China isn’t attacking other countries and a war with Taiwan would almost be a civil war; although Taiwan would have my support, and the US has indicated they would defend Taiwan if China were to attack. This would be an extremely difficult situation for the United States to deal with; hence the Bush Administration’s opposition to China passing the law.
On Sunday, Chinese President Hu Jintao stated that he would put national defense “above all else”. “We shall step up preparations for possible military struggle and enhance our capabilities to cope with crises, safeguard peace, prevent wars and win the wars if any”.