To Members and Friends
One China Committee's founding member Dr. Min-li Lee passed away on September 13, 2011 at San Antonio, Texas. He was 80.
Dr. Lee was born on February 18, 1931 in Shanghai, China. As a child he lived through World War II and the civil war between Nationalists and Communists. At eighteen he left China to attend Manhattan College, earning a bachelor's degree, and then the University of Illinois, earning his master's degree in electrical engineering. In 1953 he went to Taiwan and volunteered in the Air Force. Later, he joined the Taiwan Power Company and participated in Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace program, receiving training in nuclear science at Argonne and Oak Ridge National Labs. Returning to Taiwan in 1959, he helped build the first research nuclear reactor there. He met and married Dora. They had a daughter, Nancy, in 1961 and a son, Mark, in 1964. In 1964 he returned to the US to complete a PhD. in nuclear engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined Con Edison in New York City. Over a 25 year career he rose to become Chief Nuclear Engineer and General Manager of its Indian Point power plant. He and Dora moved to San Antonio in 2004.
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou will seek to open political negotiations with Beijing if he is re-elected, a leaked US diplomatic cable says -- contrary to his public statements.
Taiwan's vice president Vincent Siew told Stephen Young, then director of the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto US embassy, that Ma would seek to start them if he was re-elected in 2012, according to the cable published by WikiLeaks.
Siew made the remarks in 2009 when Young paid him a farewell call.
"If Ma is re-elected in 2012, observed the vice president, the administration will confront the more difficult challenge of resolving outstanding cross-Strait political issues," the cable said.
The issues may include "a peace treaty, a formal end to hostilities, and development of bilateral military confidence mechanisms," Siew was quoted as saying.
"These 'highly political' issues will be controversial in Taiwan," said Siew, "but (we) should be able to build on four years of cooperative engagement on economic issues."
DPP chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen, the party's presidential candidate told supporters at a rally in central Taichung on Saturday September 24 night that Ma might sell out Taiwan in his second term, an allegation the incumbent flatly rejects. (Agence France-Presse, Sep 25, 2011)
As the great-grandson of Sun Yat-sen, the great revolutionary forerunner who led the Xinhai Revolution of 1911 to overthrow the Qing Dynasty in China, Leland Sun said he wants to see China's Taiwan reunite with the mainland in a peaceful way.
In an exclusive interview with Xinhua Saturday September 10 in Hollywood, Leland Sun said he had been working in Hollywood for 37 years as an actor and stuntman before he retired in 1997. He said he is not a politician, but as he gets older, he feels the urgency to carry on Sun Yat-sen's course.
Leland Sun was born and raised in the United States, but he travels frequently to China's Taiwan and mainland. He visited China's mainland in 1986 for the first time, and since then he traveled to the mainland almost every year.
He said a unified China will be much stronger than before, and that's what he wants to see.
He said he was born in New York and raised in the United States but he will not forget his Chinese origin and tradition. Leland Sun himself has a very typical Chinese name: K. H. (Guoxiong) Sun, and his four children all have authentic Chinese names as Meilin Sun, Meilan Sun, Meilien Sun and Wei-Yen Sun. (Source: George Bao, Xinhua, Sep 10, 2011)
US should abolish Taiwan Relations Act
On the new U. S. arms sales to Taiwan announced on September 21, Peng Gangqian in People's Daily Overseas Edition (September 26, 2011) writes
The U.S. government had clearly pledged in the Aug. 17 Communique signed by the United States and China in 1982 that it "does not seek to carry out a long-term policy of arms sales to Taiwan" and "intends to reduce gradually its sales of arms to Taiwan, leading over a period of time to a final resolution." Instead of reaching "a final resolution" after three decades, the United States has continued to expand the scale of the sales of more and more advanced arms to Taiwan. The United States is a country that has always boasted about its commitment to the rule of law, yet it has reneged on its pledges to such an extent. This is rarely seen in the international community.
The United States has argued that they have decided to sell arms to Taiwan based on the Taiwan Relations Act passed in 1979. This is even more ridiculous. The Taiwan Relations Act is a domestic law of the United States and an abnormal act designed by the forces that were unwilling to give up their vested interests and sought to impede the normal development of China-U.S. relations.
The United States blatantly claimed that it would provide some separatist forces within a sovereign country with so-called "defensive" arms. Using domestic acts to interfere in other countries' internal affairs and defy the principles of international law is a great invention of the United States. Publicly putting a country's domestic laws above the principles of international law can only be interpreted as hegemonic politics and Cold War mindsets. It could be said that the Taiwan Relations Act was illegal and invalid from the scratch. Using the Taiwan Relations Act as a cover for arms sales to Taiwan simply does not make sense.
He further states:
The U.S. arms sales to the island in accordance with the so-called Taiwan Relations Act is a classic case of the Cold War mentality and power politics, which are obviously outdated, pointless and will eventually hurt itself and others.
An increasing number of far-sighted Americans have been calling for repeal of the Taiwan Relations Act in recent years as more and more people have realized that the act is outdated and is against the trend of the peacefully evolving cross-Taiwan Strait relations. Furthermore, it is not conducive to the establishment of a cooperative partnership between China and the United States and does not serve the strategic interests of the United States. This legal obstacle must be removed to ensure the smooth development of China-U.S. relations.
Pentagon report: China closer to matching modern militaries
China made impressive gains last year in its military buildup that pushed the Liberation Army closer to matching modern militaries, according to the Pentagon's nnual report to Congress made public Wednesday August 24..
The report cautions that the army "is steadily closing the technological gap with modern armed forces. By the end of this decade, China will be able to project military power and sustain a modest-sized force of naval and ground forces for smaller conflicts far from China. That assessment was not included in earlier annual reports to Congress
China recently began sea trials of a refurbished Soviet-era aircraft carrier and is developing a ballistic missile to target ships at sea, the report says. It also is continuing aggressive cyber-intelligence gathering and has targeted numerous computer systems around the world.
The pace and scope of China's sustained military investment have allowed China to pursue capabilities that we believe are potentially destabilizing to regional military balances, increase the risk of misunderstanding and miscalculation, and may contribute to regional tensions and anxieties," said Michael Schiffer, deputy assistant defense secretary for East Asia, in releasing the report at the Pentagon. Mr. Schiffer said China is on track to becoming a regional military power by 2020.
China vastly increased its arsenal of long-range ground-launched cruise missiles last year. The report shows that the number of these DH-10 missiles, with ranges of more than 930 miles, grew from about 350 missiles in 2009 to as many as 500 last year.
The report says that China's claims to large areas of the South China Sea and that disputes in other waters has increased tensions in the region. It also highlights China's growing forces to attack ships or space systems, called "anti-access" and "area denial weapons" by the Pentagon. (Source: Bill Gertz, Washington Times,, Aug 24, 2011).
Taiwan's presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen, who is backed by a party seeking independence from China, said Tuesday August 23 that she would negotiate with Beijing if she received a broad public mandate. Tsai, chairwoman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, wants to engage China as a trade partner and expects to face sensitive issues concerning the island's sovereignty, she told a news conference.
Tsai's party previously outraged Beijing by advocating constitutional independence from China when their party member Chen Shui-bian was president from 2000 to 2008. Chen's rhetoric raised military tension and blocked trade deals, limiting the role of Taiwanese business in the fast-growing Chinese economy.
But Tsai said she would only approach Beijing, which is eager to negotiate political reunification with Taipei, if she got a clear sense that the island's public wanted dialogue. She did not say which trade topics were priorities.
On Monday she released the party's 10-year policy guidelines, which focus on employment, sustainable environmental policies and an improved democracy, enhanced by greater public participation. (Monstersandcritics.com, Aug 23, 2011).