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發表發表於: 星期日 一月 03, 2010 11:02 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

Defense contractors give Obama advice on Taiwan security

Rupert Hammond-Chambers, president of the U.S.-Taiwan Business Council, has written a sharply worded report on weapons sales to Taiwan that is critical of President Barack Obama.

The trade group is a high-powered consortium of top defense contractors including Lockheed Martin, Boeing Co, and Raytheon Corporation. U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John D. Rockefeller (D-VA) are honorary co-chairs of the council. Chairman of the Board is Paul Wolfowitz, former head of the World Bank.

In September, the Council held its eighth annual defense industry conference in Virginia to discuss force modernization. Hammond-Chambers described the confab as, "the most important private event reviewing US-Taiwan defense and security issues each year."

Featured speakers to the Council were Wallace Gregson, Assistant Secretary of Defense and David Shear, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. However, the two representatives of the Obama administration were unable to address the Council concerns.

Hammond-Chambers explains, "In light of the rapprochement between Taiwan and China, the Obama administration chose a cautious approach to any Taiwan-specific initiatives, and they in essence left the Bush administration's end-term policies in place."

"It is always important to note that we do not provide arms to Taiwan as a goal onto itself. The U.S. provides arms to Taiwan in response to China's force modernization efforts."

"China opposes all sales of arms to Taiwan irrespective of platform or capability, and thus our government only plays to the Chinese position when it delays notification or attempts to nuance requirements."

"If the Obama administration balks at providing replacement F-16 fighters to Taiwan, China will have won a major victory in the Taiwan Strait without firing a shot."

"After a year in office for the Obama administration, we are already seeing the Taiwan fault lines open." Hammond-Chambers says that Obama, "clearly views Taiwan as a barrier to U.S. interests in Asia."

The Council has made it a priority to see that 2010 brings a sales agreement for 66 new F-16 fighters to be sold to Taiwan.

Taiwan has been trapped in a six-decade limbo of undetermined national sovereignty following the Japanese surrender of the island after World War II that has left China claiming Taiwan belongs under the red flag and driving an arms race.

The District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals has urged President Obama to end the "strategic ambiguity" that has become a "political purgatory" for island residents. During Obama's recent trip to China he made it clear he has no intentions of disturbing the status quo.

For information on U.S. Taiwan Business Council:

http://www.us-taiwan.org/council
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發表發表於: 星期四 一月 07, 2010 10:12 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

U.S. slaughter industry calls on Obama to rectify Taiwan beef ban


The powerful Meat Lobby, an informal consortium of businesses and individuals engaged in the production and killing of animals for human food, is howling with distress at Taiwan's recent ban on certain cow body parts including skulls, eyes, intestines and offal in an effort to keep Mad Cow Disease from the island.

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy has been found in cattle in the United States where a longstanding industry practice of feeding cows ground up body parts of other cows has been blamed for the disease.

The American Meat Institute noted $128 million in beef sales to Taiwan in 2008 and complained about the Food Sanitation Act amendments. AMI president J. Patrick Boyle said, "In taking this action, the government of Taiwan clearly is failing to live up to its obligations under the bilateral agreement between our governments to expand beef trade."

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association says the ban is less about trying to keep Mad Cow Disease out of Taiwan and more about Taiwanese politics. Gregg Doud, chief economist of the NCBA, is blunt about the matter. "This is purely a domestic political issue in Taiwan, U.S. beef producers are sick and tired of being used as a political football."

The NCBA is "urging the Obama administration to explore every available option to rectify this situation as soon as possible."

Meanwhile, in Taiwan the ramifications of the Legislative Yuan vote are still being felt. The unanimous veto of Ma Ying-jeou's recent trade protocol was a stunning vote of no confidence in Ma's administration of the Republic of China in-exile. Ma was unable to get a single vote out of his own Kuomintang political party.

The unanimous rejection of Ma's beef deal with the United States could put in jeopardy other trade protocols with China if public opinion is felt by the Legislative Yuan. The slap-in-the-face to Ma from legislators is likely to have further repercussions in Taiwan's volatile politics.

Ma Ying-jeou has sought to confine the damage to agricultural trade in his public statements while Washington has yet to complete approval of long-delayed weapon sales of Black Hawk helicopters and F-16 jet fighter planes.

Ma's inability to get a single vote for his beef agreement will cost him credibility in Congress. Last week U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and chair of the Finance Committee wrote to Ma telling him in no uncertain terms to control the Legislative Yuan. In the arm-twisting world of Washington power brokers, Ma has lost face.

U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and was blunt about the Mad Cow ban. "This decision represents a serious setback in the U.S.-Taiwan trade relationship."
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發表發表於: 星期三 一月 13, 2010 8:02 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

Taiwan in leadership crisis as Ma Ying-jeou's popularity plummets


The controversial and now-unpopular administration of Republic of China in-exile leader Ma Ying-jeou is facing increasing media criticism. The Wall Street Journal fired the first salvo with a sharp editorial that Ma lacked leadership skills following Ma's recent stunning vote of no confidence in the Legislative Yuan. Now the Taiwanese news media is declaring a leadership crisis exists in Taiwan.

Ma, who also heads the Chinese Nationalist political party, the Kuomintang, tried to open Taiwan up to imports of banned cattle parts in a secret trade deal he signed in October. Last week, the Legislative Yuan, reacting to public concern about Mad Cow Disease, unanimously overturned Ma's secretive beef deal. Ma did not carry even a single vote from his own KMT party.

Ma's ratings in the public opinion polls has also taken a nosedive. A Global Views poll conducted in mid-December showed that only 23.5 percent of those surveyed were satisfied with Ma's performance, dramatic drop from 18 months ago when Ma took office.

However, the poll that really counts, the polling place, shows the extent of damage to Ma's reputation. Over the weekend, three KMT controlled legislative districts were up for a vote and the KMT lost all three seats by substantial margins. Ma had campaigned vigorously for the defeated candidates.

Ma's vote of no confidence by the Legislative Yuan over the trade deal with the United States now calls into question a number of secretive agreements he has been negotiating with China. Growing public distrust of Ma has already been demonstrated by large street demonstrations and KMT fears of a major electoral defeat may force the Legislative Yuan to take action on Ma's closely-held trade negotiations.

Taiwan's unresolved international status, described by the District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals as "political purgatory" has been kept in a "strategic ambiguity" by the United States for six decades since the end of World War II. Taiwan's purgatory has kept it from membership in the United Nations and even the World Health Organization. Thus, Ma's political collapse threatens to upset the uneasy status quo while U.S. weapons-makers look to the island as a lucrative market. Meanwhile, China is angered by missile sales to Taiwan and is now conducting its own new missile tests.

Ma's inept and tardy response to the Typhoon Morakot disaster began the loss of public confidence and now that China is renewing its "one China" talk a growing number of people fear Ma will not be strong enough to keep the island from danger.
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發表發表於: 星期三 一月 13, 2010 8:39 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

Pentagon announces missile sales to Taiwan despite Chinese objections

Although the Republic of China in-exile leader Ma Ying-jeou is in freefall after his stunning, unanimous legislative defeat over a beef import trade deal, the Pentagon has announced a $968 million contract with Lockheed Martin Corporation to supply Taiwan with 253 advanced Patriot missiles.

Taiwanese concerns over Mad Cow Disease will be keeping cattle skulls, eyeballs, entrails, and offal from import angering the powerful Meat Lobby in the United States. Media and political fallout has been heavy with the Wall Street Journal denouncing Ma's leadership skills.

However, just as Ma's popularity is plummeting, the Pentagon contract demonstrates the United States still views Taiwan as a lucrative market. Although the timing appears to be an effort by President Barack Obama to prop up Ma's declining reputation, the missile contract was internally approved on December 30th--before Tuesday's vote of the Legislative Yuan to cancel Ma's recent trade deal with the United States.

Predictably, the People's Republic of China denounced the weapons contract. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said, "China firmly opposes and is strongly dissatisfied with arms sales to Taiwan by the United States."

Jiang Yu continued, "We urge the U.S. to clearly recognize the severe consequences to arms sales to Taiwan."

After nearly a year of silence about Taiwan, President Obama has signaled he supports the ongoing "strategic ambiguity" over the island's international status. The longstanding "Taiwan question" has fueled an expensive arms race across the Taiwan Strait that has been good for American business.

The unresolved status of Taiwan, which the District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals has called "political purgatory", is an artifact of the Cold War and dates to the end of World War II. Instead of self-determination for the residents of Formosa, a Japanese territory at war's end, the United States military imposed Chinese Nationalist troops on the island upon orders of General Douglas MacArthur.

Because of the political ambiguity, China claims that Taiwan belongs to the Communist regime and has threatened to take the island by force. The United States allowed Chiang Kai-shek to establish his Kuomintang government in-exile on Taiwan after defeat in the Chinese civil war and ignored four decades of war crimes under harsh martial law.

Terms of the San Francisco Peace Treaty that formally ended World War II left Taiwan's fate to be determined at a future date. Because Taiwan's unresolved status has been useful to the United States the people of Taiwan were never given self-determination and the island remains in limbo and caught in an expensive arms race.
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發表發表於: 星期日 一月 17, 2010 11:37 pm    文章主題: 引言回覆

Chinese hackers used Taiwan computer in Operation Aurora to penetrate Google

Details are slowly emerging about Operation Aurora, the largest and most sophisticated cyber attack ever made against commercial targets. The Chinese attacks against companies in the United States began in mid-December and utilized a computer located in Taiwan.

Google's recent disclosure that Chinese hackers had attempted to access email accounts of human rights activists turns out to be the proverbial tip of the iceberg. The full scope of the cyber attack is yet unknown while computer experts slowly unravel and disclose details of the hacking activities. Also unknown is the reason behind use of a Taiwanese computer to launch the cyber attack.

The hackers' intrusion into internet networks and U.S. companies by way of Taiwan may simply have been an attempt to hide the actual source of the attack. However, the use of a Taiwan computer may signal a deeper security problem or even a not-so-subtle political message.

China has long claimed territorial sovereignty over Taiwan because the island is ruled by the exiled Chinese Nationalist government defeated in 1949 during China's civil war. The United States Navy landed the Chinese on Formosa, as the island was called, in October 1945 on what was then Japanese territory. Japan gave up all control of the island at the San Francisco Peace Treaty and Taiwan's status has been caught in a "strategic ambiguity" for six decades.

The cyber attack gets its name Operation Aurora from a file left on the hacked computer in Taiwan. Electronic time-date stamps show the attack began December 15th and continued until January 4th.

Although Google was the first to blow the whistle on the computer attack, details about the scope of the hacking is now coming from computer security experts who are hard at work to prevent a second wave of intrusions. McAfee, one of the largest internet anti-virus firms, has disclosed that that Aurora used encryption, stealth programming and an unknown internet browser hole.

So far 34 technology, defense and finance companies have been identified as targets of the Chinese cyber attack. The exact location in China that Aurora originated from has not yet been pin-pointed but computer forensics have verified the Taiwan computer used by the hackers was not the original source of the attack.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has lodged a complaint about the matter with Chinese authorities but so far China has not admitted to the cyber attack.

For further information about Operation Aurora:

http://wired-vig.wired.com/threatlevel/
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發表發表於: 星期日 一月 17, 2010 11:43 pm    文章主題: 引言回覆

Scholar says new probe of Lin family murders is a continuing cover-up


Wu Nai-teh, a research scholar at Academia Sinica, has denounced the Taiwan High Prosecutor's office for an incomplete investigation in to the 1980 murder of the family of democracy activist Lin Yi-hsiung.

Lin, a former chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party, was an editor at Formosa Magazine and helped organize a Human Rights Day march in Kaohsiung in December 1979. Provocateurs in the large crowd triggered a police assault against the marchers. In a move to shut down the magazine the Kuomintang government of the Republic of China in-exile brought riot charges against the march organizers and ultimately imposed long prison sentences on eight people.

Lin had been arrested and subjected to severe beatings which he described in a written statement three days before the brutal murder of his family.

"If the investigators were not satisfied with an answer, they would keep hitting me until I couldn't bear it any longer. I shall never forget the verbal intimidation and what some of the investigators said to me. 'If you don't talk and give us the evidence, we will beat you. If you get beaten to death, we will just say that you committed suicide out of fear or guilt. If you don't talk we will knock all your teeth out."

Lin's mother, A-Ma, had been to jail to see him and reported his bruised condition to Amnesty International. The next day, February 28, 1980, on the anniversary of the infamous 228 Massacre, a killer entered the Lin home and viciously stabbed to death Lin's twin daughters and his mother. The only survivor of the attack was daughter Huan-Chun who had been stabbed eight times and left for dead.

The crime has never been solved.

Many believe the killings were done by the secret police that terrorized the Taiwanese population. The house had been under police surveillance and any intruder should have been spotted. Additionally, the 228 Massacre anniversary date strongly suggested the killings were done to intimidate critics of the Kuomintang. The 228 Massacre was a 1947 Formosan uprising against the Chinese Nationalist occupation government that was brutally crushed.

Ma Ying-jeou, current leader of the ROC, ordered a reopening of the case last year after public pressure for a truth commission. The inquiry did not seek out any new witnesses but instead consisted of a paper review of the original investigative files. One detail, kept secret for 30 years, has been released by the High Prosecutor's office. The killer made a phone call from the residence to a restaurant.

Wu Nai-teh told the Taipei Times that the phone call secrecy should have been pursued and that keeping the call hushed suggested government involvement in the crimes.

"The phone call may have been a signal from the killer to whoever ordered the murder of Lin's family members, and could have been key evidence in breaking the case. The investigation panel could find something if it tried to find out why the call was concealed."

To read the Taipei Times article:

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2010/01/17/2003463706
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發表發表於: 星期五 一月 22, 2010 10:22 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

Taiwanese-Americans bring independence protests to Los Angeles
January 20, 4:37 PMTaiwan Policy ExaminerMichael Richardson

A dedicated group of Taiwanese-Americans stood in the rain Tuesday outside the federal building in Los Angles protesting against the Republic of China in-exile. The group vowed to continue with a weekly vigil outside the government building.

Meanwhile other Taiwanese-Americans are planning on taking their annual March for Taiwan overseas and marching in Taiwan for the first time. Protests also occurred last year in Seattle and Los Angeles during stopover visits from ROC leader Ma Ying-jeou.

The protests are in support of the growing Taiwanese independence movement and come at a time when the threat of takeover by China is greatest. Although many pundits claim an ease of tension between China and Taiwan signals peace, many fear the opposite as China continues a military build-up aimed at the island.

Prior to World War II, the island of Formosa was Japanese territory. After the Japanese surrender to the United States, the Chinese Nationalist army of Chiang Kai-shek was landed on the island by the U.S. Navy. Then followed the fall of Chiang's government in 1949 when he was driven from China by the Communists.

The Cold War and outbreak of the Korean War trapped Taiwan into a "strategic ambiguity" called the "Taiwan question" that denied them international statehood while holding on to the fiction the Republic of China in-exile was the legitimate government of China.

The District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals has described the ambiguity as "political purgatory" and urged President Barack Obama to act expeditiously to end the ambiguity. Obama has sidestepped the court's request and instead stubbornly held on to the status quo fueling a dangerous arms race with China across the Taiwan Strait.

Presently, Taiwan is ruled by a Chinese government in-exile and is denied membership in the United Nations, the World Health Organization and other international bodies. Japan dropped all claims to Taiwan in the San Francisco Peace Treaty and the island residents were promised self-determination at some as yet-unspecified date in the future.

Taiwanese-Americans are increasingly aware that they have a role to play in helping Taiwan in this dangerous time and more protests and lobbying activity can be expected in the future.

For information on March for Taiwan:

http://www.marchfortaiwan.us
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發表發表於: 星期五 一月 29, 2010 8:22 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

Details on Taiwan connection emerge in Operation Aurora hack of Google


Although the mainstream news media is short on details of the recent Operation Aurora computer hack of Google and nearly three dozen other American companies, the size and scope of the cyber attack has kept computer security experts busy.

A review of technical blogs written by anti-virus experts provides some new details about the Aurora attack. The attack appears to be the work of a government agency and investigators are zeroing in on the People's Republic of China as the point of origin but computers in Taiwan were used to capture information from the companies in the United States.

Stolen data was routed to six IP addresses in Taiwan and the Taipei computer company D-Links has now issued a patch to plug a hole in their routers that allowed hackers to gain access to administrative controls of compromised computers.

Brian Krebs, former Washington Post writer on computer security, has blogged that the attacks "were launched from six internet addresses in Taiwan, which experts say is a common staging ground for Chinese espionage."

ComputerWorld reported an admission by D-Link Corporation that "some of its routers have a vulnerability that could allow hackers access to a device's administrative settings."

Joe Stewart at SecureWorks has concluded that the malicious Aurora code was written by programmers familiar with simplified Chinese characters as all professional literature about this code text string has been published in Chinese.

Gary Warner, a computer forensics expert at the University of Alabama, says the Aurora malware is now rampant in China with fresh hacks of popular websites loading password-stealers on the computers of unsuspecting users.

ComputerWorld also reports that timestamps show the Aurora code was first written in 2006 but has been able to avoid detection. However, the Operation Aurora hack appears to be an ongoing cyber attack.

Mikko Hypponen of F-Secure writes that a new attack originated last week again using a Taiwanese IP address. The malicious code exploited Adobe and ran on targeted computers when a PDF file announcing a U.S. Defense Department conference was opened. Military contractors were the intended victims.

Researchers have not yet been able to pinpoint the actual source of the hacks further than the corrupted computers in Taiwan. It is not known if the use of computers in Taiwan to launch the cyber warfare is simply one of convenience or if the Taiwanese sites were used for political purposes.
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發表發表於: 星期四 二月 11, 2010 4:20 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

Taiwan’s $1 billion missile buy from Raytheon under review by watchdog group


Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn, recent chief lobbyist for Raytheon Corporation, is under scrutiny for violations of ethical conduct rules in the awarding of contracts to his former employer. One of the contracts in question is a $1 billion dollar contract Raytheon announced in December to upgrade Patriot missiles sold to the Republic of China in-exile on Taiwan.

During his campaign for the presidency, Barack Obama was critical of “revolving door” lobbyists that take high-level government jobs and pledged to end the practice. However, once in office Obama appointed Lynn, a top defense contractor lobbyist, and issued a waiver of his own ethics rules. Under the waiver Lynn was to recuse himself from all decisions involving Raytheon contracts.

At the time of Lynn’s confirmation he was opposed by several government watchdog groups including the Project on Government Oversight, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, the Government Accountability Project, and Public Citizen.

Now, one year later, the Project of Government Oversight has requested copies of all conflict-of-interest waivers, all meetings and contacts between Lynn and Raytheon, ethics and recusal decisions, and any correspondence between Lynn and his former employer.

The Project on Government Oversight has been keeping watch on Raytheon, the fourth largest Defense contractor, and claims the giant corporation has been caught at 20 instances of contract misconduct since 1995 involving $479.2 million in federal tax dollars.

According to the Project’s tally, Raytheon was responsible for contract abuses with the Defense Department involving false claims, unauthorized substitutions, overcharges, kickbacks, inflated costs, and defective pricing.

Meanwhile, in Taiwan, criticism of the recent weapons buys has emerged over the expense which was higher than original estimates.

Taiwan, under control of the Republic of China in-exile, is caught in a dangerous arms race with the People’s Republic of China determined to finish the civil war that drove the Chinese Nationalists from China to exile on Taiwan.

China’s claims that Taiwan is a renegade province date to the post-World War II events leading up to the Cold War where the United States installed Chiang Kai-shek’s Kuomintang troops on Taiwan as a proxy occupation force. The Cold War and hostilities in Korea and later Vietnam have kept the island in limbo, a “strategic ambiguity” that the District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals last year called “political purgatory”.

For further information on Raytheon contract abuse see link:


http://www.contractormisconduct.org/index.cfm/1,73,224,html?pnContractorID=46&pstDispositionTypeID=0&prtCourtTypeID=0&mcType=0&eaType=0&ContractType=0&dollarAmt=-1%2F-1&dateFrom=01%2F01%2F1995&dateTo=02%2F03%2F2010
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發表發表於: 星期二 二月 16, 2010 9:01 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

Taiwan is cyber warfare battlefield and Chinese target says security study


The recent Taiwan-based “Operation Aurora” computer hack disclosed by Google also targeted a number of top United States military contractors including giant Northrop Grumman. Aurora, the largest civilian computer hack in history, gets its name from a file one of the hackers left on an infected machine.

Google has since joined forces with the National Security Agency to counter the ongoing Aurora threat in a move that has generated both controversy and concern.

One of the reasons Northrop was on the Aurora target list no doubt included a little-publicized security study released late last year about the threat of Chinese cyber warfare. Formally issued by the United States-China Security and Economic Review Commission, the technical report is titled, “Capability of the People’s Republic of China to Conduct Cyber Warfare and Computer Network Exploitation.”

The chilling security study explains that modern warfare has progressed to electronic attacks before any weapons are fired and that the Chinese have developed an offensive capability that threatens the telecommunications arena and possesses the ability to disrupt military logistics.

The launch of Aurora from Taiwan-based computers was initially seen as a way to use Chinese-based language computer networks to mask the origin of the computer virus. Now researchers are questioning if the use of Taiwan was only one of convenience or instead signals a new level of danger to Taiwan. Taipei is the Silicon Valley of the Pacific region and features high-speed networks and a host of manufacturers making it a target-rich environment.

The Commission study, written by Northrop Grumman, details pre-Aurora computer attacks on Taiwan from China in the past decade.

August 1999 “The ‘Taiwan-China Hacker War’ erupts after then-President of Taiwan Lee-Teng-hui recommended Taiwan’s relationship with the People’s Republic of China be on a ‘state-to-state’ basis. Chinese hackers defaced numerous Taiwan government, university and commercial sites.”

May 2000 “Chinese hackers deface Taiwan government Websites with anti-Taiwan political statements in protest over the swearing in of Chen Shui-bian.”

October 2000 “Chinese hackers threaten a denial of service attacks and Web defacement against Taiwan government and private Websites in protest over Taiwan’s celebration of National Day.”

August 2003 “Hackers operating from sites in mainland China’s Hubei and Fujian Provinces penetrate thirty Taiwan government agencies and at least twice as many Taiwan companies. The attacks focus on the Defense Ministry, Election Commission, and the National Police Administration among others. This is part of an ongoing series of attacks against the Taiwan government and private industry that continue through 2004 against other notable Websites such as Taiwan’s Ministry of Finance and the Kuomintang Party.”

June-July 2004 “Attacks against Taiwan continued in 2004 targeting Websites belonging to Taiwan’s Ministry of Finance, the Kuomintang Party, the Democratic Progressive Party and the Ministry of National Defense’s Military News Agency.”

September 2005 “The Taiwan National Security Council is targeted via socially engineered emails containing malicious attachments, infecting the recipient hosts and possibly installing as backdoor through which the intruders can return undetected. Subject lines include ’arms procurement’ and ’freedom.’”

June 2006 Taiwan media reports that Chinese hackers attacked Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense and the American Institute in Taiwan. The attacks may have been launched using socially engineered email and attempted to spread misinformation about the Ministry of National Defense in an apparent smear campaign. Attackers also stole account log in credentials.”

The Commission also evaluated the current capabilities of China’s Information Warfare specialists. “The Chinese military, using increasingly networked forces capable of communicating across service arms and among all echelons of command, is pushing beyond its traditional missions focused on Taiwan and toward a more regional defense posture.”

The report warns that degraded combat information networks, hacked by the Chinese, could allow China “to achieve operational objectives such as landing troops on Taiwan in a cross-strait scenario before the US can effectively intervene.”

“With the exception of the Taiwan independence issue, the PRC leadership generally avoids defining specific ‘red lines’ for the use of force; this is likely true for its Computer Network Attack capabilities.”

“In a Taiwan scenario, for example, People’s Liberation Army planners likely consider the opening days as the critical window of opportunity to achieve military objectives on the island….Delaying or degrading US combat operations in this Taiwan scenario sufficiently to allow the PLA to achieve lodgement on Taiwan or force the capitulation of the political leadership on the island would present the US with a fait accompli upon arrival in the combat operations area.”

To read the full Commission study see link:

http://www.uscc.gov/researchpapers/2009/NorthropGrumman_PRC_Cyber_Paper_FINAL_Approved%20Report_16Oct2009.pdf
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發表發表於: 星期一 三月 15, 2010 5:54 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

Think-tank says Ma Ying-jeou’s unpopularity shrinks KMT support

Shelley Rigger, Brown Professor of East Asia Politics at Davidson College, has evaluated Ma Ying-jeou’s first half-term in office as President of the Republic of China in-exile for the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C. think-tank.

Rigger is blunt that Ma’s “popularity has plummeted since the election, and today his personal approval ratings hover below 30 percent.”

“The dissatisfaction extends to his party as well, and it’s been manifested concretely in elections. Ma’s party, the Kuomintang (KMT), won a far smaller share of the vote in December’s local elections than it captured in the previous round, and it lost 6 out of 7 legislative by-elections in January and February.”

Rigger says the sharp drop in popularity has slowed Ma’s embrace of China. “In Taiwan’s case, Ma’s domestic weakness constrains the pace and content of cross-Strait rapprochement.”

“A number of factors contributed to the public’s waning trust in Ma. The lack of transparency in decision-making has been a particular concern.”

Rigger cites the blotched beef deal with the United States where Ma’s trade negotiations were overruled in a stunning vote-of-no-confidence by the Legislative Yuan with a unanimous vote against Ma.

“President Ma chairs the KMT, so the lack of support for his policies within the party reinforces the sense that he and his inner circle lack a firm hand for dealing with opponents--and a firm hand is exactly what they need to deal effectively with the ever-tough negotiators from Beijing.”

“Declining confidence in the Ma government also reflects the public’s sense that their leaders have not responded well to domestic crises. The government’s reaction to the disastrous typhoon last summer attracted enormous criticism, much of it focused on the perception that Ma had failed to register the impact of the disaster and react swiftly and proportionately,”

Rigger observes, “Ma is expected to seek a second term, and the trends do not look good.”

“Paradoxically, Ma’s political weakness at home may help him protect Taiwan’s interests in negotiations with Beijing.”

To read the full Brookings report, see link:

http://www.brookings.edu/opinions/2010/03_taiwan_president_ma_rigger.aspx
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