Isabel Hilton: Reassurance across the straits

From Guardian Unlimited: There are other ways for Beijing to achieve reunification with Taiwan than issuing military threats.

The National People’s Congress, China’s parliament, has never been what you could call a radical body. So when it adopted the Taiwan secession law, a measure that gives China the right – in her own eyes at least – to take military action against any attempt by Taiwan to declare formal independence, it is obvious to everyone that this is the voice of the Chinese party-state. In Shanghai a few days after the measure was adopted, I asked China’s foreign ministry spokesman what China could possibly gain by military action against Taiwan. “It would,” he said, “restore the territorial integrity so beloved of the Chinese people.”

March 18, 2005, 6:00 AM
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Categories: Law, Taiwan