To Members and Friends

One Chinese Committee Quarterly Update

June 2008

New Members Since Last Update

Jing Lin, MD (IL), Clinical Research Associate, Northwestern University

Kevin Lu (IL), Osean Tours

Paul O'Malley (IL) Collection Specialist, Illinois Student Assistance Commission

Wayne Zhan, Esq. (IL)

U.S. sees more Chinese missiles aimed at Taiwan

China has deployed far more missiles aimed at Taiwan than previously reported, according to U.S. officials with access to intelligence assessments. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has deployed CSS-6 and CSS-7 short-range ballistic missiles to garrisons opposite Taiwan. China has deployed 300 missiles in 2001 to 1,400 in 2008. That is 40 percent more than earlier U.S. reports saying about 1,000 missiles were deployed across the strait from Taiwan.

The Pentagon, in its recent report on Chinese military power, said 990 to 1,070 missiles were pointed at Taiwan, including variants "with improved ranges, accuracies, and payloads."

"The threat that China poses is increasing, in my opinion, for the folks who are our friends in Taiwan," Adm. Timothy Keating, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, told Congress earlier this month.

In its recent report on China's military power, required annually by the Congress, the Pentagon said, "China has the most active ballistic missile program in the world." (Source: Richard Halloran, Washington Times, Mar 28, 2008).

Ma calls for reopening of dialogue with China

Taiwan's new President Ma Ying-jeou of the Kuomintang (KMT) party on May 24 renewed his call on Beijing to set aside sovereignty disputes and reopen negotiations with the island. Ma, who took office on May 20, made the remarks two days before KMT chairman Wu Poh-hsiung flies over for an unprecedented China trip, where he will meet President Hu Jintao.

Wu, who will become the first ruling-party chairman from Taiwan to travel to China, is due to meet Hu in Beijing on May 28. Wu, leading a 16-member KMT delegation, is scheduled to fly May 26 to Nanjing, via Hong Kong. (Source: AFP, May 24, 2008).

Call for donations to China for earthquake relief

China was hit near Chengdu by a magnitude-7.9 earthquake, the nation's strongest in 58 years causing buildings to shake in Beijing, more than 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) away. 10,000 were killed. A Sichuan high school building collapsed and may have buried as many as 900 students in a mudslide.

The One China Committee requests members and friends to donate for earthquake relief. Please make a check ($15, $25, $50, or $?) payable to Consulate-General of the Peoples Republic of China

People's Daily reports One China Committee's letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tibet

The People's Daily Online reported in "U.S. House Speaker urged to respect Chinese sovereignty' on May 7, 2008 a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tibet. The letter was sent to Rep. Pelosi by the One China Committee and the China-U.S. Friendship Exchange Inc It reported:

Two Chinese American groups urged U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to respect Chinese sovereignty when dealing with China's internal affairs including those with regard to Tibet, according to a letter obtained by Xinhua on Tuesday.

In the open letter, One China Committee and China-U.S. Friendship Exchange Inc. told Pelosi that although they support her view that the current unrest in Tibet should be resolved through peaceful dialogue between the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government, which has taken place in fact, they strongly question the wisdom and appropriateness of letting the issue "sidetrack the U.S. relations with the great Asian nation."

They opposed, in particular, the passage of the House Resolution 1077 which called on the Chinese government to end its "crackdown" in Tibet.

"We believe that as a sovereign nation, the Chinese government has the right to deal with its own domestic violence and that a crackdown on terrorist acts to maintain peace and order is absolutely not a violation of human rights," the letter said.

"We are also troubled by your campaign to urge President George W. Bush to boycott the 2008 Olympics opening ceremony on August 8,as a show of support for the rioters in Tibet," it added.

The letter cited an article by Foster Stockwell on April 8, 2008 at A New Chapter Blog, titled "Tibet -- Myth and Reality," saying "the idea that most Tibetans are unhappy about what has happened in Tibet and want independence from China is a product manufactured in the West and promoted by the dispossessed landlords who fled to India."

"Who really can believe that a million former serfs - more than90 percent of the population - are unhappy about having the shackles of serfdom removed? They now care for their own herds and farmland, marry whomever they wish without first getting their landlord's permission, aren't punished for disrespecting these same landlords, own their own homes, attend school, and have relatively modern hospitals, paved roads, airports and modern industries," the article reads.

Quoting the Tibetan population that has doubled since 1950 as proof, the letter noted that progress in Tibet can be found in objective statistics.

The two groups urged Pelosi to make a few fine distinctions, first of all, between the initial media misrepresentations due to incomplete information and the true facts that are only beginning to surface; secondly, between the unfounded claims by some Tibetans that Tibet was an independent country but forcibly "occupied by China since the 1950s," and the true legal status of Tibet.

"Not only was Tibet never recognized by any foreign state as an independent nation, but a treaty signed by Britain and Russia in 1907 explicitly recognized that Tibet was part of China," they said in the letter.

The congresswoman from California was also urged to tell violence from peaceful protest, and to acknowledge that violent protests had been planned and carried out before the Olympics to pressure the Chinese government to talk to the Dalai Lama.

"There is no justification for unprovoked killing, beating, smashing, looting and arson in the broad daylight in Tibet," it added.

At the end of the letter, the two groups' members, who are U.S. citizens, noted that the U.S. constitution stipulates that foreign relations properly fall within the realm of the Executive branch, with the president being "the sole organ of the nation in its external relations and its sole representative with foreign nations.

As for the Congress, they suggested that at such a difficult time as the United States finds itself in, the legislature should "pay more attention to the threat of recession, a housing crisis, health care, the environment, and the war in Iraq" and let President Bush make his own decision on whether to attend the 2008Olympics opening ceremony.

The One China Committee was formed on Oct. 18,2003 by a group of Americans and Americans of Chinese descent with the aim to support one China and the peaceful unification of China and to enhance the American public's understanding that Taiwan is an integral part of China.