New Members since Update 11Emma Chen (NY), LaBranche Structured Products
January 22nd Luncheon Meeting
The One China Committee had a luncheon meeting of officers and forum volunteers on January 22 at the Lee Wing Wah Restaurant in Chinatown Square, Chicago.
Edward Ho, Wiley Krapf, Nikos Lambros, Dorothy Li, Tze-chung Li, Yi Li, Bill Liu, Hong Liu, Michael Travis, Sharon Travis, Aileen Shaw, Jack Shaw, Jian Wang, and Zhou Zhang attended.
Hong Liu and Wiley Krapt will serve on the Board.
An official delegation will visit China to exchange views and discuss cooperation with the Chinese government officials on one China. The date has not been decided, preferably in the summer. Mr. Russel Miller who was in Beijing and could not attend the luncheon chairs the delegation committee. Dr. Hong Liu will volunteer to serve as co-chair. The Chinese Consulate-General in Chicago ill make necessary arrangement for the visit.
The One China Committee will give a series of lectures at institutions of higher learningto advocate our cause. Prof. Nikos Lambros and Dr. Yi Li will serve as co-chairs of a committee to make necessary speech arrangements. .
Some time in April, the Committee will organize a forum on recent change of Taiwan*s cabinet and the prospect of a unified China. Bill Liu suggested some names as speakers.
John C. Chen at 68
Dr. John C. Chen, 68, professor of mathematics, Temple University, ,one of the One China Committee founding members, died of cancer on September 21, 2005. He graduated from Helena College with a BA degree and EdD in mathematics from Temple in 1975.
He was very active in the movement of peaceful unification of China. He was President of Global Chinese Alliance for the Unification of China and a staunch supporter of the Chinese sovereignty over Tiao Yu Islands. In the 2004 Chinese New Year gala show, "China Splendar," in Philadelphia, he was reported in the news for barring New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV) reporter from attending.
Dr. Chen founded the Pacific Rim Institute on Saturday, July 24, 2004 in New York. The Institute serves as a think-tank intended to promote U.S.-China relationship, advance mutual interest, promote co-operation, and maintain human righteousness and peace.
Yi Li's new book
Congratulations to our member Yi Li for his new book, The Structure and Evolution of Chinese Social Stratification (University Press of America). It consists of the following chapters: Chinese Social Stratification before 1949; Chinese Social Stratification and the Cadre System 1949-1959; Chinese Social Stratification and the Cadre System 1959-1979; Chinese Social Stratification and the Cadre System 1979-1993; Chinese Social Stratification and the Civil Service System after 1993; Understanding Chinese Social Stratification: The National University Entrance Examination, the Household Registration System, and the Work Unit; and Summary: Chinese Social Stratification after 1949.
On the Taiwan issue: Bush and Hu
President Bush discusses freedom and democracy November 16
President bush gave a talk on freedom and democracy in Kyoto, Japan, November 16, 2005. He praised Japan and South Korea for their freedom and democracy, talked about public health problems, such as SARS and avian flu, and energy needs. In speaking of freedom, he mentioned Taiwan, a sensible issue to China. He said in part:Free nations are peaceful nations, free nations do not threaten their neighbors, and free nations offer their citizens a hopeful vision for the future. By advancing the cause of liberty throughout this region, we will contribute to the prosperity of all -- and deliver the peace and stability that can only come with freedom.
Some Asian nations have already built free and open societies. And one of the most dramatic examples is the Republic of Korea. . .
Taiwan is another society that has moved from repression to democracy as it liberalized its economy. Like South Korea, the people of Taiwan for years lived under a restrictive political state that gradually opened up its economy. And like South Korea, the opening to world markets transformed the island into one of the world's most important trading partners. And like South Korea, economic liberalization in Taiwan helped fuel its desire for individual political freedom -- because men and women who are allowed to control their own wealth will eventually insist on controlling their own lives and their own future.
Like South Korea, modern Taiwan is free and democratic and prosperous. By embracing freedom at all levels, Taiwan has delivered prosperity to its people and created a free and democratic Chinese society. Our one China policy remains unchanged. It is based on three communiques, the Taiwan Relations Act, and our belief that there should be no unilateral attempts to change the status by either side -- the status quo by either side. The United States will continue to stress the need for dialogue between China and Taiwan that leads to a peaceful resolution of their differences. . .
As China reforms its economy, its leaders are finding that once the door to freedom is opened even a crack, it can not be closed. As the people of China grow in prosperity, their demands for political freedom will grow as well. President Hu has explained to me his vision of "peaceful development," and he wants his people to be more prosperous. I have pointed out that the people of China want more freedom to express themselves, to worship without state control, to print Bibles and other sacred texts without fear of punishment. The efforts of Chinese people to -- China's people to improve their society should be welcomed as part of China's development. By meeting the legitimate demands of its citizens for freedom and openness, China's leaders can help their country grow into a modern, prosperous, and confident nation. . .
At the end, he cited a Chinese poem which reads "the people should be cherished the people are the root of a country the root firm, the country is tranquil" and concluded:
Today the people of Asia have made their desire for freedom clear -- and that their countries will only be tranquil when they are led by governments of, by, and for the people.
Bush Offers Platitudes and Little Else to Asia
John Gershman of Foreign Policy in Focus, http://www.fpif.org commented on President Bush's speech. In response to Bush's quote, Bershman wrote a poem as follows:
"All the people are hostile to us;
On whom can we rely?
Anxieties crowd together in our hearts;
Thick as are our faces, they are covered with blushes. We have not been careful of our virtue;
And though we repent, we cannot over-take the past."
Bush-Hu meeting on November 20, 2005
President Hu Jintao of China and President George W. Bush met in Beijing on November 20. Leaders were comfortable and cordial. Mr. Hu told President Bush that he was willing to ease economic differences. But on the Taiwan issue, Mr. Hu will not compromise. He said "we will by no means tolerate Taiwan independence." There were no concessions to Bush administration to release some detained dissidents ahead of a presidential visit, a sort of gestures that Mr. Hu's predecessors did.
New book on US-China on Taiwan
The CATO Institute announced January 25 a new book, Americas Coming War with China: A Collision Course over Taiwan, by Ted Galen Carpenter was published (Palgrave Macmillan 2006P. Ted Galen Carpenter, is Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
The author points out that there is one issue that could lead to a disastrous war between the United States and China. That issue is the fate of Taiwan. A growing number of Taiwanese want independence for their island and regard mainland China as an alien nation. Mainland Chinese consider Taiwan a province that was stolen from China more than a century ago, and their patience about getting it back is wearing thin. Washington officially endorses a "one China" policy but also sells arms to Taiwan and maintains an implicit pledge to defend it from attack. That vague, muddled policy invites miscalculation by Taiwan or China--or both. The three parties are on a collision course, and unless something dramatic changes, an armed conflict is virtually inevitable within a decade. Carpenter explains what the United States must do quickly to avoid being dragged into war.