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註冊時間: 2007-09-22
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發表發表於: 星期五 六月 12, 2009 4:37 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

Special Envoy Stephen Bosworth says Taiwan independence is not 'acceptable' and hurts U.S. interests


Stephen Bosworth, dean of Boston's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, is at the center of controversy as he struggles to resolve North Korea's nuclear threat.

Appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as Special Envoy to North Korea, Bosworth has been jetting between Japan, South Korea, and China to deal with the recent nuclear and missile tests by North Korea.

Upping the ante in Bosworth's diplomatic card game are 12-year sentences handed down to two American journalists accused of illegally entering North Korea and President Barack Obama's expressed wish that they be freed from the hard labor sentences they received.

The Peoples' Republic of China offers the only leverage Bosworth has with the rogue North Korean regime but that is compromised by China's purchase of $878 billion in U.S. debt. President Obama has been using Chinese money to pay for his 'stimulus' handouts to large U.S. corporations.

The longstanding goal of China to takeover Taiwan may be within its grasp. In April, Hillary Clinton dubbed Taiwan as "Chinese Taipei" in an official announcement released by her office. Meanwhile, Bosworth proceeds with his negotiations with China despite his own hostility to Taiwan.

Taiwan has been locked for 64 years into a "strategic ambiguity" by the United States which U.S. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown recently described as "political purgatory" in a lawsuit seeking clarification of the San Francisco Peace Treaty that transferred Taiwan from Japanese sovereignty to U.S. authority in 1952.

Bosworth's hostility to Taiwan's freedom is well documented by his own written statements. In a 2006 book, Chasing the Sun, Bosworth was blunt about his views against self-determination and democracy for the island.

"The United States should defend the status quo by continuing to emphasize to Taiwan that independence is not an acceptable goal and that any effort in that direction endangers U.S. interests."

"It is hard not to be for Taiwan--a David versus Goliath situation. The people of Taiwan deserve great praise: they have built an impressive economy, fought hard for democracy, and understandably want their own little space in the sun not controlled by repressive autocrats who have never set foot on the island. But U.S. policy has to be made with our heads as well as our hearts."

"Few countries want to risk Beijing's wrath by speaking up for Taiwan independence, no matter how democratic Taiwan is."

"The most difficult challenge to the status quo will come from Taiwan's politics. The U.S. government must continue to impress on Taipei that it cannot take steps or employ rhetoric designed to lead to independence."

Many in Taiwan fear that the Obama administration will sellout Taiwan to China for help with North Korea. Stephen Bosworth's anti-democratic views on Taiwan do little to calm those fears.


For more info: www.examiner.com/x-1969-Boston-Progressive-Examiner~y2009m5d28-Bosworths-views-hint-Obama-may-abandon-Taiwan-for-Red-Chinas-help-with-North-Korea-Abomb
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發表發表於: 星期六 六月 13, 2009 8:25 pm    文章主題: 引言回覆

Pro-democracy elder of Taiwan independence movement Su Beng continues advocacy at 90 years-old


Su Beng is the elder statesman of the Taiwan independence movement. Su Beng has long worked outside of the occupation government, the Republic of China in-exile, and once plotted to overthrow Chiang Kai-shek.

Su Beng had to flee Taiwan for his life after his plot against Chiang was found out. After establishing a noodle shop in Japan, Su Beng turned his attention to writing the history of Taiwan's four-century colonial period.

Since the end of martial law by the occupation Chinese government and the arrival of democracy to Taiwan, Su Beng was able to return to the island where he leads protests, parades, lectures, and writes.

A recent trip by Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu to China has been criticized by Su Beng. Chen, herself a victim of martial law and imprisoned in the late 1970's, has been respectful of critics like Su Beng. Since Su Beng and Chen Chu are long-time allies the best explanation of the criticism is by Su Beng himself.

"In the early 1970's Chen Chu, the current mayor of Kaohsiung city, was the secretary of Guo Yu Xin (former leader of the opposition to the Kuomintang during the 1970's)."

"Mr. Guo was my father's friend. Since I was in junior high school I'd visit Mr. Guo's house. From the end of 1960 to the beginning of 1970, I was in Japan continuing my work for the Taiwan independence movement, by working outside the Republic of China political framework. At the same time, Mr. Guo was in Taiwan working to promote democracy under the Kuomintang colonial regime; he and I had some secret communications then."

"At the end of the 1970's, was working for the opposition movement in Taiwan. Because of this, she was arrested twice. Towards the end of 1978 Chen Chu was released from jail early. After her release, the Kuomintang gave her special treatment, by taking her to visit Kimen (which was a restricted military zone at the time). After returning from Kimen, at the end of 1978 the Kuomintang granted Chen Chu permission to travel abroad."

"Chen Chu went to Japan and came to see me. The next spring, she came to Japan on a stopover to the U.S. She travelled all over the U.S., visiting overseas Taiwanese students, to promote Taiwan independence and to fundraise for the movement. Soon she became a famous activist for the Taiwan independence movement. After that visit, she often came to Tokyo to stay at my noodle shop. We often discussed strategies for the Taiwan independence movement."

"In 1986, the Democratic Progressive Party was formed. Chen Chu was one of the founders of the party. Many people saw her as a key person for the Taiwan independence movement."

"After Chen Shui-bian was elected as the President in 2000, the Democratic Progressive Party had to work within the Republic of China political framework. When Chen Chu was appointed to the position of Labor Minister, she became a high-ranking bureaucrat in the Republic of China political framework, which is against Taiwan's independence."

"Although Chen Chu had become famous for her work with the Taiwan independence movement, when she went to visit China as mayor of Kaohsiung, she kowtowed to China, which has threatened to invade Taiwan. In doing so, she betrayed Taiwan."

"Historically, China has claimed Taiwan is a part of China, within its territorial borders and disparaged Taiwan by describing it as a remote, barren land. Now they have over 2000 ballistic missiles aimed at Taiwan, putting Taiwan under eminent military threat. China has cut off Taiwan's lifeline to the international community. China is totally against Taiwan's independence and nation building efforts. However, Chen Chu, a major figure, who had consistently advocated Taiwan's independence, went to China, under the guise of recruiting Chinese athletes and spectators for the 2009 World Games, promoting Kaohsiung (the host of the 2009 World Games). However, she ended up prostrating herself to China. While in China, Chen Chu referred to the Republic of China as the central government of Taiwan and she referred to Ma Ying-jeou as Mr. President. With this choice of words she has kissed the Kuomintang's ass. She has thrown away her principles and turned her back on years of dedication to the Taiwan independence movement, and diverged from the path of Taiwan's ancestors, who have struggled for over 400 years, to stand up and become masters of their own fate, and to break the shackles of colonial rule. Which is more important, the development of Kaohsiung or Taiwan's future?"

"Chen Chu's actions are shameful. What is troubling is that the case of Chen Chu could be the first in a long line of Taiwanese politicians who will surrender to the tactics of Communist China."

"I hope the people of Taiwan know right from wrong, insist on protecting Taiwan's sovereignty, and will not be misled by Chen Chu's reprehensible dealings with the devil."

In 2007, when China's Hu Jintao met with U.S. President George Bush, the Chinese leader complained to Bush about independence advocates like Su Beng. Bush replied China should not worry, the independence advocates were only "mosquitoes biting at an elephant."

If Su Beng is like a mosquito, he is more like the mosquito that does not go away and keeps you awake all night buzzing in your ear.

Translation assistance by Felicia and Mei-Ling Lin

For more info: www.aboutsubeng.blogspot.com/
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發表發表於: 星期一 六月 22, 2009 7:29 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

Another day in purgatory, ROC police attack peaceful Taiwan protestors sending professor to hospital

Taiwan is caught in what U.S. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown has called "political purgatory" as a result of a long-standing "strategic ambiguity" that deprives the prosperous island with 23 million population of its own national status.

Under colonial domination for 400 years the Taiwanese people longed for the chance to make their own nation at the end of World War II when the Japanese were defeated by the United States. Instead of liberation, the U.S. Navy landed hardened Kuomintang Chinese troops on the island in October 1945.

The onset of the Cold War and fears of 'Red China' in combination with the outbreak of the Korean War have kept Taiwan caught in the quicksand of time under a harsh occupation government of the Republic of China in-exile.

Protests were illegal under 40 years of martial law and democracy has slowly come to the island since 1987 under the Chinese occupation government. Judge Brown has urged President Barack Obama to act "expeditiously" to end the "political purgatory" of Taiwan but Obama has been silent.

Meanwhile the new Kuomintang administration of Ma Ying-jeou is busy prosecuting former ROC President Chen Shui-bian with a show trial marred by partisan prosecutorial and judicial actions.

On June 16th, Din-Kue Tsai, a professor by occupation, led a peaceful protest in Taipei against the prosecution tactics used in Chen Shui-bian's trial. The ROC police were out in force and shadowed Professor Tsai all through the protest march. When darkness fell the police moved in, targeting Tsai. Quickly the attack was over with Tsai down on the pavement in need of medical attention.

The police attack on Professor Tsai generated no media attention in the United States. Most Americans are unaware of repressive conditions in Taiwan. However, Judge Brown is aware of the repression, which is why she declared Taiwan to be in "political purgatory."

For the beaten professor, June 16th was just another day in Taiwan's purgatory.

http://www.examiner.com/examinerslideshow.html?entryid=319676
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發表發表於: 星期五 六月 26, 2009 8:24 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

A sad Father's Day message to President Barack Obama from Taiwan's 'political purgatory'

Dear Mr. President and Mrs. Obama:

I'd like to thank you for sending me this father's day message from the White House.

Yes, although President Obama's father left him when he was only two, President Obama is still a very lucky man, and Mrs. Obama is a very lucky woman to have him. Most of all, you are both lucky to be born as American.

My father was murdered when my mother was pregnant with me in her first trimester. I am their only child.

I have never had any experience whatsoever about what is like having a father. And my mother has been widowed since that March day in 1947 in Taiwan when we both lost my father.

My father's murder, 14 months after his return to Taiwan from Japan and 10 months after his appointment as a superintendent of a "Provincial Hospital" as was written on p. 306 of George Kerr's book Formosa Betrayed. He graduated and was trained at Keio University in Japan. I am an only child and posthumous daughter of him, not knowing the cause of his death until a few years after my immigration to the U.S. in 1973 because my mother was scared to death to tell me the truth.

Chiang Kai-shek's exile Chinese government in Taiwan has yet to give me justice.

In 1947 a "Formosan Holocaust" happened to the island of Formosa. My father, a young physician in his early 30's, was murdered by the secret policemen and soldiers of the military governor of Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist Republic of China. The exact number of ordinary who died in that genocide remains a great debate to this date.

Would you kindly help the stateless and Taiwanese people of no nationality as soon as possible?

Please change the United States' ambiguity strategy towards Taiwan's status. Please bring HOPE to the people of Formosa. They are a population of people that love freedom and democracy as much as we do here in America.

Thank you.

Margaret Lu, M.D.

Margaret Lu's father, Kuo Chiang-Yuan, was the director of Gilam Hospital and was arrested, tortured and beaten to death by the Chinese occupation government in the brutal days following the '228 Massacre' in 1947 when a spontaneous Taiwanese uprising against the Chinese was harshly suppressed. Dr. Kuo had no part in the uprising and was a terror victim of the Chinese to subdue the island's populace. Not a single case for war crimes was ever brought despite tens of thousands of victims of the '228 Massacre' and following multi-year period of the 'White Terror' in Taiwan. The United States was the chief occupying military power of Taiwan and has ignored the brutality of its Republic of China proxy on the island. U.S. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown has written that Taiwan is in "political purgatory". President Obama has been silent on Taiwan.

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發表發表於: 星期五 六月 26, 2009 8:28 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

Another day in Taiwan's "political purgatory" during 'White Terror'--August 24, 1952

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"My brother, Lau Thian-hok, born in 1930, was arrested twice. He was first arrested on April 8, 1949. The only offense cited against my brother was that my brother was a volunteer assisting a musical troupe from Taipei when they performed in Taichung. They were touring the whole island to help restore some harmony and peace after the 228 Massacre two years earlier."

"My brother was first arrested at age 19 when he was studying music away from home. The so-called "study group" did not exist. He was released later that year without being allowed to graduate. A little more than two years later he came home on the new year break, he came home and was arrested a second time and he never came home ever again."

"On January 1, 1952, he took Spring break and came home to Taipei. The next day or two he was invited to go to a movie and never came home since. This time the offense was cited that my brother and his classmates in junior high, going back in time, and had a study group that was influenced by Chinese Communist thoughts and literature."

"The Chinese prosecutor stated that my brother did not repent and the study group continued after his first arrest. This lie was disputed by Chen Ming-ho, one of the three of the same case that served 15 years [at Green Island political prison]. The base for a death sentence was simply a manufactured big lie."

"Chiang Kai-shek personally changed the Defense Minister's sentence recommendation of June 27th for 15 years imprisonment to death on August 13, 1952."

"A notice of early morning execution was posted in front of Taipei Railway Station on August 24, 1952. A young man came to my older brother's clinic and told about my brother's death and where to retrieve his body."

"The bodies of my brother and his three friends were found in the Taipei Mortuary on Nan-king E Road in Taipei. Three bullet holes were found on my brother. The murder/execution happened in Taipei near the River Dan-sui on August 24, 1952 between 4 and 5 in the morning."

"The type of execution, more systematic with photos before and after death, happened more in the White Terror campaign than in the 228 Massacre. 228 Massacre had more disappearances and all sorts of killings and random dumping of bodies."

"I received a post card two days after my brother had been murdered. It was addressed to me when I was only 12. My brother knew better than to send it to another brother three years younger than he and seven years older than I. One could feel he simply would not wish to bring down anyone in the family with his final words of farewell. The post card went like this: 'I could not take care of our parents in this life, I'll do it in my next life. You take good care of them.'"

"The total number of people prosecuted in the same case was seven. But most of the boys were from the same junior high school since the snitch named Su went to the same junior high. I would not call it a group even though they were prosecuted together."

"Four were executed and three were imprisoned for 15 years."

"I met the three friends of my brother. They told me the male prisoners were pummeled till they coughed up blood and encouraged each other to drink their own urine to help stop the bleeding. The female prisoners were stripped and tickled to fainting by the prison guard using a feather on their nipples. A group of 36 prisoners were squeezed into a small room without windows. Everyone sleeps in a sitting position. The prisoners used their underwear to make a string and put a blanket over it and moved back and forth to generate some breeze."

"There was never a trial at all before my brother was shot to death."

"The execution site on the riverside has now been preserved as a memorial. I and family visited a memorial service there in March 2001. The memorial was conducted in Chinese. The music was in Chinese and not too many knew how to sing it. The speaker announced that the brave souls whose lives were taken away here made the sacrifice for the eventual unification of the motherland, despite the imperialistic United States. I immediately told the receptionist that my brother had not died for that lofty goal and we left the memorial quickly. I remembered the howling of my mother witnessing the three bullet holes in my brother's body."

Thomas Liu was in the audience of a recent Los Angles talk on America's unfinished business giving the people of Taiwan self-determination and has shared his painful story of his brother's death in Taiwan's "political purgatory." U.S. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown has declared Taiwan's unresolved national status a "strategic ambiguity" of the United States which has resulted in a "political purgatory" for the island. President Barack Obama has been silent on Taiwan.


For more info: www.examiner.com/x-1969-Boston-Progressive-Examiner~y2009m6d15-EXAMINER-Special-Report--My-encounter-with-Taiwans-political-purgatory
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發表發表於: 星期五 六月 26, 2009 8:31 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

Dear President Obama--It is time to end Taiwan's "political purgatory" and give self-determination

Dear President Obama,

It has been over two months since U.S. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown admonished you about the "political purgatory" of Taiwan caused by an American "strategic ambiguity" over sovereignty of the island. Judge Brown's admonition to you to direct the court so that it could act "expeditiously" to end the purgatory has been met with your silence.

During your silence, the World Health Organization has downgraded Taiwan to provincial status of the People's Republic of China with the designation "Chinese Taipei", an action applauded by your Secretary of State. Meanwhile, the occupation Kuomintang government of Ma Ying-jeou, the Republic of China in-exile, is rushing forward with trade deals with the mainland Chinese without debate.

The fragile democracy of Taiwan, only given birth in the late 1980's after the end of a 40-year cruel and harsh martial law, is in danger. Peaceful protestors are attacked by uniformed ROC police again and again. A mysterious cadre of men in black shirts has infected the Taiwan political scene with violence suggesting the resurgence of a secret political police.

The failure of every American President since World War II to protect the Taiwanese people and provide them with self-determination following the Japanese surrender to the United States in 1945 now looks you in the face.

Will you really provide the change you promised during your campaign?

Mr. President, your silence on Taiwan signals your intention to follow the path of your predecessors and doom Taiwan to "political purgatory" under your administration.

Harry Truman landed the Republic of China troops on Taiwan in October 1945 and then looked the other way during the '228 Massacre' and following 'White Terror' period.

Dwight Eisenhower thought that the killer Chiang Kai-shek was a man of "highest principle" and ignored the newly signed San Francisco Peace Treaty which requires Taiwan's people to get self-determination.

John Kennedy used the island as the Central Intelligence Agency's Asian headquarters and regard for Taiwanese human rights was not part of the plan.

Richard Nixon shanghaied Taiwan with his Shanghai Communiqué. Nixon's famous trip to the Great Wall came at the expense of the Taiwanese right of self-determination as we continued Truman's "strategic ambiguity" policy.

Gerald Ford didn't know what to do about Taiwan and let Henry Kissinger make all the decisions, more ambiguity, more purgatory for the island residents still under ROC martial law.

Jimmy Carter recognized Communist China and Taiwan dropped deeper into political purgatory when the occupying Republic of China was booted from international recognition. It was China vs. China with no consideration of the people of Taiwan.

Ronald Reagan said the "Taiwan question is a matter for the Chinese people" leaving the Taiwanese out of a determination of their own future.

George Bush, Sr. kept up the mantra, "Taiwan is a part of China" and self-determination was not to be had in Taiwan.

Bill Clinton had his Three No's policy of no independence, no international memberships, and no 2-Chinas. More status quo, more purgatory for the people of Taiwan.

George Bush, Jr. thought that Taiwanese independence advocates were merely "mosquitoes" or so he told China's Hu Jintao. More political purgatory.

Now, Mr. President, it is your turn. The moment is urgent. Please do the right thing for the 23 million people of Taiwan, it is long overdue.

-Michael Richardson


For more info: www.examiner.com/x-1969-Boston-Progressive-Examiner~topic144419-Dear-President-Obama

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發表發表於: 星期四 七月 09, 2009 9:08 pm    文章主題: 引言回覆

Ethnic riots shatter peace in western China as government crackdown begins

Ethnic fighting between Muslim Uighurs and Han Chinese in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang has triggered a swift crackdown by Chinese paramilitary security forces bringing martial law to the region.

Security checkpoints, a curfew, closure of mosques and the detention of 1,400 people failed to stop sporadic rioting and violence throughout Urumqi, the capitol of Xinjiang.

The Washington Post has reported the violence, which began Sunday, was sparked by a fictitious internet rumor that Uighur men had raped two Han Chinese women.

Common household tools have become weapons as merchants, pedestrians, and others are attacked by roving groups of men. At one location, it will be Uighurs attacking Han people while at other places it will be Han Chinese attacking Uighur residents.

Urumqi's central bazaar has become a battleground in rioting that has left over 150 dead and over a thousand injured according to reports coming from the region.

China's leader, Hu Jintao, has cancelled his attendance at the 'G8' summit meeting in Italy and returned to Beijing to monitor the unrest in Xinjiang.

The United States has long recognized the Chinese persecution of Uighurs and has declined to return Uighur prisoners held in Cuba because they would face discriminatory treatment by China.

China has been forcibly assimilating the Uighur population into the Chinese mainstream, often at the expense of native culture and traditions creating much animosity between the factions.

While the government crackdown may restore order to the streets, the underlying hostilities remain leaving the region a hotbed of discontent

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發表發表於: 星期六 八月 08, 2009 9:59 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

Rand Corporation military think-tank warns of Chinese air attack on Taiwan in new study


America's most famous military think-tank, the Rand Corporation, has issued a report warning of a new danger to Taiwan by Chinese air attack. The report, A Question of Balance, is subtitled "Political Context and Military Aspects of the China-Taiwan Dispute" and was authored by five scholars working under Rand's National Security Research Division.

The cautionary tone of the Rand report comes from both the build-up of Chinese missiles aimed at Taiwan and the growth of a Taiwanese identity. "Among the more profound changes to affect the political balance between Beijing and Taipei has been the growth of a widespread independent Taiwan identity….However, the rise of this Taiwanese identity has not yet produced a pro-independence majority on the island."

"Although independence remains a distant dream for the relatively small proportion of Taiwan's citizens who support it, the changes in the political, social and cultural identity of the island's population are genuine, significant and enduring, and these realities strongly suggest that even the most flexible Taipei government will reach its limits of possible accommodation far short of Beijing's desired position. The unbridgeable distance between these two positions is not likely to shrink in the coming decade; the opposite may indeed be the case, regardless of which party rules Taiwan."

"China's arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles is growing in both size and quality….We assessed the potential impacts of these weapons against Taiwan's air bases." The Rand team concluded that China, with targeted warheads, could "cut every runway at Taiwan's half-dozen main fighter bases and destroy essentially all of the aircraft parked on ramps in the open at those installations."

By taking out Taiwan's fighter planes China would then have air superiority over Taiwan and the strait and China could "pound Taiwan with air-delivered precision-guided munitions." Compounding the danger is the inability of the United States to deploy sufficient aircraft to offset the loss of the Taiwan jet fighters in a timely manner.

"A crucial and often overlooked factor in maintaining stability across the strait is and will remain Beijing's willingness to accept the status quo and not insist that Taiwan make actual progress toward unification. Any Chinese impatience with the pace of movement toward Beijing's objective raises the danger of a major cross-strait crisis."

"At the most profound levels of the social structure, there is perhaps no prospect that worries Beijing more than the emergence of a "Taiwanese" national identity….After taking over in Taiwan, the KMT [Kuomintang] virtually eliminated all indigenous Taiwanese political organizations and purged educated Taiwanese from public institutions. Until the late 1970's, the KMT tightly eliminated Taiwanese participation in the party and government and denigrated local language, culture and customs."

"When Taiwan was ruled by the Chiang family and a KMT authoritarian government, Beijing could, to a great degree rest assured that the island's leaders were ultimately committed to unification some day under some set of circumstances."

"For Beijing, the emerging Taiwanese national identity raises the profoundly worrisome prospect that if unification is delayed for too long, the Taiwanese people will be unwilling to accept any arrangement that subsumes them within a 'Chinese' state or confederation."

"The threat to Taiwan from Chinese ballistic missiles is serious and increasing….In the near term, China's ability to use missile attacks to seriously degrade Taiwan's self-defense capabilities will likely reach a dangerous level."

"Put simply, none of the cross-strait military trends are pointing in Taiwan's favor."
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發表發表於: 星期六 八月 08, 2009 10:22 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

Horrifying video shows murders that triggered Han-Uighur rioting in China leading to martial law

Ethnic rioting in Urumqi, Xinjiang has prompted a martial law crackdown by the Chinese government bringing thousands of security forces to the regional capitol. Early news reports, provided by the official Chinese news agency, suggested unrest by Muslim Uighars and mutual fighting between the dominant Han Chinese and minority Uighurs.

However, selective news reports and interruption of internet and mobile telephone service by the Chinese government have not been able to keep the full story from emerging from the western province as a campaign to blame the victims is underway.

A horrifying internet video of two Uighar men being savagely beaten to death before hundreds of witnesses provides the genesis of the "unrest" in Guangdong. Later, when Uighurs protested the murderous attack in Urumqi, the crowd was fired upon by Chinese authorities triggering lynch-mob rioting by Han Chinese against Uighurs in the central business district and throughout the city.

Although details on the over 1,400 people arrested are few, China leader Hu Jintao said many are students and will face the death penalty. Uighur leaders are claiming that many arrested are innocent Uighur youth and that Han perpetrators are going unpunished.

The reports and images coming out of western China have an eerie resemblance to the '228 Massacre' in Taiwan in 1947 where ethnic violence between the Formosans and troops of the Republic of China triggered four decades of harsh martial law.

The brutal violence on a short two-minute video clip betrays deeper-seated hatred than a simple reaction to a false rape report. The Washington Post version of events blames the murders on a false internet report of two Han women being raped by six Uighur men. Allegedly, the internet report provoked the savagery in Guangdong and subsequent rioting in Urumqi.

However, tensions between the Uighurs and Han Chinese are not new and have been building as China has forcibly attempted to assimilate the Uighur minority into the larger Chinese society. The depths of hostility between the Uighurs and Han are revealed starkly in the video clip of the Guangdong murders.

Meanwhile, an exodus of those able to leave Urumqi is underway. For those unable to leave the troubled city, military checkpoints, curfews, and restricted areas have become a new way of life under martial law.

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發表發表於: 星期五 八月 14, 2009 8:51 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

[b]Ex-president Chen Shui-bian offers to testify to U.S. Supreme Court on Taiwan passport case
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Former president of the Republic of China in-exile, Chen Shui-bian has offered to testify to the United States Supreme Court in the pending Taiwan passport case, Roger C.S. Lin, et al vs. United States.

The offer of testimony from the man who was president of Taiwan's government from 2000 to 2008 would be valuable to the Supreme Court but he may not be heard. If the Supreme Court did allow Chen's testimony it would likely remand the case to a lower court for the evidentiary hearing reserving its own oral argument sessions for the lawyers.

However, even if the Supreme Court accepts the case at its September 29th conference, as is tentatively scheduled, and orders Chen's testimony there is the little problem of his current imprisonment in Taiwan. Held in solitary confinement since December, the former leader is facing corruption charges in a controversial trial that has drawn sharp criticism and triggered protests in the streets.

Chen has signed an affidavit for the U.S. Supreme Court from his jail cell and could shed considerable light on the legal status of Taiwan. In April, the District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals described Taiwan's plight as "political purgatory" because of its long-standing unresolved status which the court called a "strategic ambiguity" left over from the Cold War.

In October 1945, under Harry Truman's watch, the U.S. Navy landed Republic of China troops on Taiwan, then called Formosa, to process surrendering Japanese soldiers. The Chinese civil war ended up in 1949 with the defeated Chiang Kai-shek fleeing to Taiwan where the occupation Chinese government has been entrenched ever since.

Chen's jailhouse statements provide a glimpse of what his testimony to the Supreme Court might include. A few sentences are all that are needed to show what a political hot potato Chen has become as he moves to the international stage.

"During the period of my Presidency, and according to the TRA {Taiwan Relations Act of 1979], it was my understanding that the United States government only considered me as the head of the "Taiwan governing authorities" and did not recognize Taiwan or the ROC [Republic of China] as sovereign states. According to the SFPC of 1952 [San Francisco Peace Treaty] the United States is the principal occupying power of Taiwan, and to my knowledge there has been no change in this status to date."

" Based on this rationale, during my term in office, I accepted the instructions of the Chairmen of the American Institute in Taiwan on many occasions, even when their instructions interfered with my Presidential decision-making."

During the Cold War and fighting in Korea and Vietnam, the United States used the vast secret police network of the Chiangs to supplement its own huge spy contingent as Taiwan became the hub for America's secret warfare in all of Asia. At one point, the U.S. station of the Central Intelligence Agency included 10,000 operatives based in Taiwan.

The United States turned a deaf ear and blind eye to decades of martial law and ignored the infamous '228 Massacre' and White Terror period when many Taiwanese were executed or given long prison sentences for advocating Taiwanese independence.

Thus far, President Barack Obama has been silent about the 'Taiwan question' even to the point of having Solicitor General Elana Kagan waive her right to submit a brief in response to Roger Lin's petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court.

Now that Chen Shui-bian's offer to tell top government secrets is on the table, the passport case suddenly takes on a new high profile that may have Kagan wishing she could reply. No decision by the Supreme Court on Chen's offer is expected until the beginning of the October court term.

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發表發表於: 星期三 十月 07, 2009 7:56 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

Supreme Court ruling leaves Taiwan status for Obama to resolve


The United States Supreme Court has declined to review the San Francisco Peace Treaty leaving stand a lower court ruling that Taiwan's longstanding unresolved nationhood is the responsibility of the President as a political issue.

The Supreme Court gave no explanation for its refusal to review an appeal in the case of Roger C.S. Lin, et al vs. United States. The case, brought by Taiwan residents, sought use of U.S. passports for the 23 million island residents until an internationally supervised referendum allowed the people of Taiwan to determine their own form of government.

Earlier this year the District of Columbia U. S. Court of Appeals ruled that although Taiwan has been in "political purgatory" for six decades because of a deliberate "strategic ambiguity" imposed on the island at the end of World War II by the United States the responsibility belonged to the executive branch of government because the courts lack war powers.

Taiwan, commonly called Formosa at the close of World War II, was a Japanese colony since 1895 and the islanders looked with hope to the United States for self-determination after the surrender of the Japanese. Instead, the 7th Fleet of the U.S. Navy landed Republic of China troops on the island in October of 1945 as an interim occupation force. Then followed an ethnic-cleansing massacre, a terror campaign, and four decades of harsh martial law by the Chinese.

The Chinese civil war between the Communists and the Kuomintang or Nationalist forces of Chiang Kai-shek raged during World War II and for four years after. The Cold War began as soon as World War II ended and Taiwan was caught in the middle as the United States recognized the exiled Kuomintang government located in Taipei as the legitimate government of mainland China.

The outbreak of the Korean War in 1950 further cemented the Republic of China hold over Taiwan as the United States battled the Communists in Korea. Chiang-Kai-shek's secret police apparatus became working partners with America's Central Intelligence Agency and self-determination for the people of Taiwan was ignored.

When Japan formally dropped all claims to Taiwan at the San Francisco Peace Treaty with the United States in 1952 the future status of the island was left undetermined because of the ongoing Korean conflict. President Harry Truman declared Taiwan's status must await resolution until there was peace in the Pacific.

In the struggle between "Red China" and "Free China", the concept of "One China" emerged and independence for Taiwan was regarded as sedition and treasonous. Now, sixty-four years after America landed the Chinese on Taiwan, the People's Republic of China regards Taiwan as a renegade province and militarily threatens the island.

Roger Lin, a Taiwan politician and legal scholar, filed suit to end the "political purgatory" and achieve the promise of the San Francisco Peace Treaty. The response of both the Bush and Obama administrations has been to ignore the legal challenge and instead assert the issue of Taiwan's status is purely political and not the business of the courts.

Charles Camp, attorney for the Taiwanese plaintiffs, minces no words in describing the Supreme Court's refusal to examine the San Francisco Peace Treaty's mandate.

"It is unbelievable to me that the Supreme Court would let stand a decision that for the first time in our jurisprudence puts the political question doctrine ahead of the obligation of the Courts to read and interpret treaties and to determine the existence of Constitutional rights."

"The Supreme Court's failure to grant cert is a dramatic u-turn by our Court system that I believe will haunt our country and the world unless and until this grave injustice is corrected, given that Constitutional rights and rights granted under treaties can no longer be enforced through our court system whenever the shadow of a political question exists."

Taiwan's unresolved international status leaves the island populace threatened by China, ruled by a government in-exile imposed on the island by the United States, and unable to be represented in the United Nations and the World Health Organization.

The Supreme Court's refusal to accept the Lin case leaves intact the ruling of the District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals where Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown wrote that Taiwan's "political purgatory" has infected the daily life of the stateless people of Taiwan and urged President Barack Obama to act "expeditiously" to resolve the matter.

President Obama has thus far been silent on Taiwan's status and has avoided Taiwan on his international travels.


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Chen Shui-bian and Roger Lin may face death penalty in Taiwan over U.S. litigation claims

In a dramatic development that threatens the lives of two men, the longstanding American "strategic ambiguity" that has enshrouded Taiwan for 64 years is unraveling. Former Republic of China in-exile President Chen Shui-bian and Taiwanese politician and international legal expert Roger C.S. Lin have been subpoenaed by a Kaohsiung court for depositions on possible treason. The sentence for treason under the ROC administration is the death penalty.

Chen, commonly called A-bian, is now imprisoned with a life sentence for corruption following a controversial trial marred by a parody skit by court personnel mocking Chen. In a bid to gain freedom from his harsh life sentence Chen teamed up with legal scholar Roger Lin to involve United States courts in his case.

Lin, recently an appellant in the U.S. Supreme Court, has sought the use of U.S. courts to review the 1952 San Francisco Peace Treaty, which left Taiwan's post-World War II status in American hands. Lin won a declaration by U.S. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown that Taiwan was caught in an American-imposed "political purgatory" when his case Roger C.S. Lin, et al vs. United States was heard earlier this year by the District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals.

Despite obvious sympathy for the 23 million residents of Taiwan whose "daily lives are infected" by the "strategic ambiguity" the federal appellate court said the matter was for the Executive to decide and Judge Brown urged President Barack Obama to act "expeditiously" to resolve the decades-old question of Taiwan's status.

Taiwan was Japanese territory commonly called Formosa at the end of World War II and under international rules of war the United States was the principal occupying power. In an effort to shore up the Kuomintang government of the Chiang Kai-shek against the Chinese Communist Party and the revolutionary forces of Mao Tse-tung the 7th Fleet of the U.S. landed Republic of China troops on Taiwan to accept the surrender of Japanese troops on the island in October 1945.

The advent of the Cold War, followed by the defeat of Kuomintang forces in China and then the outbreak of the Korean War all combined to lock Taiwan in a perpetual ambiguity and four decades of martial law under the Republic of China in-exile. To this day the 23 million people of Taiwan lack representation in the United Nations and World Health Organization because of the unresolved legal status.

Under the dictatorship of Chiang Kai-shek and later his son Chiang Ching-kuo it was considered treason to advocate for Taiwan's independence and many were imprisoned or executed. The investigation of Chen and Lin for treason under the present Kuomintang administration of Ma Ying-jeou harks back to the repression of the past.

Ma and Chen are old political adversaries and both served as Mayor of Taipei. Chen is serving a life sentence for corruption while Ma narrowly escaped prosecution for corruption. Ma has just been elected chairman of the Kuomintang while holding the ROC office of President despite a campaign pledge not to hold both posts.

Lin is the founder of the Formosa Nation Legal Strategy Association and a spokesman for the Taiwan Civil Rights Litigation Association. The lead plaintiff in Lin v. United States, Roger Lin sought to clarify U.S. responsibility to the people of Taiwan under the San Francisco Peace treaty that ended World War II with Japan. From his jail cell, Chen has made claims that he took orders from the U.S. government during his two terms as President of the Republic of China in-exile.

Lin's legal organization then assisted Chen in filing an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces which the court refused to accept the day after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the San Francisco Peace Treaty in early October. Now both men have been subpoenaed to appear at the offices of Taiwan's High Court prosecutor's office on October 27th to submit to interrogation.

ROC Minister of Justice Wang Ching-feng announced in late September she would investigate Chen for treason in light of his affidavit to the U.S. military court that he was an agent of the U.S. government while serving as ROC President from 2000 to 2008. The United States has continuously used Taiwan as a base of secret operations and at one point during the Vietnam War 10,000 operatives of the Central Intelligence Agency station were based on the island.

Chen's willingness to tell state secrets about hidden U.S. involvement in Taiwan could be a diplomatic bombshell that would shred the "strategic ambiguity" that America has enforced on the island depriving it of full international recognition and ending the Communist claim that Taiwan is a renegade province of mainland China.

Despite U.S. Circuit Judge Brown's admonition to President Obama to act "expeditiously" to end Taiwan's "political purgatory" the White House has been silent on Taiwan's status and the President and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have bypassed Taiwan on their international travels.
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Su Beng returns to a hero's welcome in Taiwan where he faces ROC jail cell

Su Beng, Taiwan's elder champion of independence, has returned to Taiwan to a hero's welcome. The aged and ailing Su Beng had been hospitalized in Japan and fears were that he would not be able to return home.

While receiving treatment in Japan a number of Taiwanese independence advocates made a pilgrimage to Su Beng's bedside including musician Freddy Lim. Generations apart in age, the two men share a desire for Taiwan independence.

Freddy Lim's visit to Japan to see Su Beng must raise concerns with the Republic of China in-exile government controlling Taiwan. Freddy, as he is known worldwide, is a heavy metal rock star and promotes Taiwan's liberation from the stage during his performances.

Freddy's message seems to be striking a chord with the youth of Taiwan. A recent poll showed that seven out of ten in the 18-29 year-old age group identify themselves as Taiwanese rather than Chinese, a demographic shift with huge political implications for the Kuomintang rulers of the island.

Su Beng can be expected to return to the struggle for independence for which he has tirelessly worked for over six decades. The Chinese government of Ma Ying-jeou must now decide if they intend to jail Su Beng for the 8-month prison sentence he recently recieved for a 2005 airport protest.

Although the news media in Taiwan give Su Beng infrequent attention, his weekly motorcades and other protests have made him a word-of-mouth folk hero and his views are moving from the margins of society into the mainstream.

Any attempt to lock up the frail advocate is sure to be met with noisy street protests and take Su Beng's message of independence to a larger audience.
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100,000 demonstrators fill Taiwan streets for independence


Tens of thousands of people converged around the Windsor Hotel in Taichung, Taiwan to protest the visit of Chen Yunlin, the People's Republic of China chief negotiator on trade with Taiwan. Chen's visit to Taipei last year triggered police repression against demonstrators unhappy with Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang government of Ma Ying-jeou. Fortunately, no protestors were hurt this year.

The pro-Taiwan protest was led by Democratic Progressive Party chair Tsai Ing-wen, former Taiwan Premier Frank Hsieh, and Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu and included many other political figures.

Ma Ying-jeou's KMT party has been pushing closer relations with mainland China in an effort to reconcile the Republic of China in-exile regime governing Taiwan with its former Communist adversaries on the mainland.

Taiwan was been caught in a "political purgatory" since the end of World War II when the United States refused to grant self-determination to the former Japanese territory. The Cold War and U.S. foreign policy has kept the island out of the United Nations and at risk of invasion from China.

After four decades of harsh martial law under the KMT party, the voices of independence are finally being heard in Taiwan and large street protests have become more frequent as dissatisfaction with the status quo has grown.

The United States looked the other way during the martial law period in Taiwan and has continued to perpetuate Taiwan's ambiguous status in the international community. Now that China has become the largest holder of U.S. Treasury debt President Obama has been quick to placate the Chinese and many in Taiwan fear that Ma Ying-jeou will sell out the island for a position in the Chinese government with U.S. approval.

At the center of the dispute is the slogan "One China" which Obama has subscribed to in his recent visit to China. Although "One China" means different things to different people it leaves little room for Taiwan forcing independence advocates to take to the streets.


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Taiwan's political purgatory fuels billion dollar missile buy from U.S. corporation

The ongoing unresolved international status of Taiwan, commonly called the "Taiwan question" or the "strategic ambiguity", has been described more bluntly by the District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals as "political purgatory". The purgatory cited by the court leaves Taiwan threatened by the People's Republic of China and has fueled a decades-old arms race.

One of the chief beneficiaries of the military build-up across the Taiwan Strait has been defense contractor Raytheon Corporation of Waltham, Massachusetts. Last week Raytheon announced a $1.1 billion dollar order from the Republic of China in-exile for an upgraded Patriot anti-missile system.

Daniel L. Smith, head of Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems branch, said, "The Patriot system is a vital element to providing superior integrated air and missile defense capabilities for the protection of Taiwan."

Smith elaborated, "Raytheon has provided advanced technology, innovation and support in Taiwan for more than 40 years, and we are honored to continue that partnership today and in the future."

The Foreign Military Sales contract was authorized by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. Production of the Patriot weapons will be in Massachusetts, Texas and Alabama.

William J. Lynn, Deputy Secretary of Defense, is Raytheon's former top lobbyist in Washington, D.C. and told the U.S. Senate at his confirmation hearing he would remove himself from decision-making on Raytheon deals. Lynn's official Raytheon title from 2001-2009 was Senior Vice President of Government Operations and Strategy.

Other weapons buys by Taiwan from U.S. contractors are under negotiation and a purchase of new Black Hawk helicopters is said to be in the final stages of approval.

China considers Taiwan to be a renegade province because of the "One China" doctrine and has threatened to militarily attack the island. Last year the Rand Corporation think-tank warned of a growing Chinese ability to knock out Taiwan's air defenses with a first-strike missile attack.

Meanwhile Ma Ying-jeou, Kuomintang ruler of the ROC government that controls Taiwan under the "political purgatory" has announced a Three No's policy--no unification, no independence, no use of force.

On his trip to China, U.S. President Barack Obama voiced support for both the "One China" doctrine and continued ambiguity of Taiwan's international status. Residents of the former Japanese territory were promised self-determination following World War II but thus far no U.S. leader has kept the pledge leaving the island in limbo and in danger.

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