To Members and Friends

One China Committee

Update 38, July 2012

Unification or independence options limit Taiwan's future

Taiwan should no longer engage in the dispute over whether to be independent or to unify with China, as this will constrain Taiwan's future, an Australian scholar said Sunday April 22 in Taipei. Bruce Jacobs, a professor at Australia's Monash University, also said at a seminar that the framework for Taiwanese independence or unification with China is set by China.

The seminar was organized by opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chen Tan-sun and pro-DPP groups such as the Taiwan Association of University Professors.

Citing the results of recent polls conducted by the Election Study Center of Taipei-based National Chengchi University, Jacobs said that some 90 percent of the Taiwanese public support either the status quo in the Taiwan Strait or Taiwanese independence.

Maintaining the status quo means the de facto independence of Taiwan and as a result, there is no point in Taiwan engaging on the issue of independence versus unification, he said.

Instead, he suggested, Taiwan should emphasize its process of decolonization when engaging in the international community, as many countries share the same experiences, to promote mutual understanding. (Elaine Hou, Focus Taiwan News, Apr 22, 2012).

Committee 100 polls on U.S.-China relations

Business and political leaders gathered at the Langham Huntington Hotel this week for a meeting of the Committee of 100. Launched in 1990 to shape a collective voice for Chinese Americans in the wake of Tiananmen Square, the New York-based committee's influence has surged with China's economic growth..

Secretary of Commerce John Bryson, billionaire investor Charlie Munger, former California Gov. Gray Davis, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, philanthropist Michael Milken, the heads of USC and UCLA, and Reps. Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park) and Howard Berman (D-Valley Village) were among the conference guests Thursday April 18 and Friday April 19.

This year's poll, published Thursday, found that more than half of the public in both the U.S. and China believes the other nation is not trustworthy.

Hitting closer to home for committee members, roughly 25% of Americans said they believe Chinese Americans would side with China over the U.S. on economic or military issues.

It gets at the fact that Asians are, in the eyes of many, always considered foreign because we look different, said Caltech biology professor Alice Huang, an emeritus committee member.

Committee member Charlie Woo, former chair of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, said the group's 2009 poll, taken at the height of the recession, found 35% of Americans expressed distrust for citizens of Chinese descent. (Pasadena Sun, Apr il 21, 2012).

China and Taiwan cozy up

Yang Yi, a spokesman for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, said, "The peaceful development of the cross-Strait ties will benefit the people on both sides." China's push for unification with Taiwan has intensified since 2008, when Ma Ying-jeou became Taiwan's president. In demonstration of his allegiance to mainland China, Ma often refers to the two nations as "one country, two areas." He recently said both sides could take inspiration from the reunification of Germany.

Closer ties between China and Taiwan are bad news for the United States and other nations that are concerned about China's ascendancy. In the past, Taiwan has provided a valuable listening post thanks to the island's proximity to China, its advanced technology, and its democratic values. Shared language, ethnicity and culture also allow Taiwanese intelligence agents to blend into Chinese society. But reports have emerged that Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has already curtailed intelligence operations in China and is planning to stop sharing intelligence with the U.S. and its allies. (TheTrumpet.com, May 31, 2012).

Honorable Chung-sheng Lee died

Honorable Chung-sheng Lee, One China Committee member, died on May 4, 2012, He was 90.

Mr. Lee was born in Kuangshan, Honan, China on June 17, 1922. He graduated first honor from Anhui University and selected by the government to attend the Judges Training School at the National Chengchi University in Nanjing. He was visiting scholar at Harvard Law School.

He served as judge, prosecutor, chief judge, chief prosecutor, Commissioner of the Officials Disciplinary Commission, and Grand Justice. He taught at Chengkong, Culture, and Catholic Universities. He received from the Nationalist government a distinguished award. He retired in 1996 and moved to reside in New York City.

He authored Jurisprudence and Chinese Legal History, two modern classics.