The Perils Of China Policy
Your Cover Story "Rethinking China" (Mar. 4) claims China is an unruly giant. Yet you fail to point out that it's the lawmakers in Washington and the Clinton Administration's lack of a consistent China policy that is at the core of the troubles between Washington and Beijing. A sound China policy was brilliantly outlined by former President Richard Nixon, who once pointed out that Beijing's trade policies, world outlook concerning its national security, and military buildup were a clear signal to the Clinton Administration that Beijing wants to be recognized as a power of the world in its own right, and rightfully so. China is no longer on a colonial footing, as in the past, toward the Western powers. Many Chinese people, including myself, an American-educated businessman, believe that Washington intends to limit China to a role of a developing nation whose development must be checked by Washington and its world order.
In your editorial "No cold war with China, please" (Mar. 4), you advocate a Shanghai communique II to "recommit the U.S. to a one-China policy and recognize the legitimacy of China's goal of national reunification with Taiwan." What right does BUSINESS WEEK have to use Taiwan and its 21 million people as pawns or bargaining chips for the purpose of appeasing and kowtowing to the world's most dictatorial and oppressive regime domestically and the worst rule-violating, stubborn, and uncooperative government internationally?
As a Taiwanese American, I want to see the U.S. sternly uphold its national interests in the Pacific region, and maintain and promote the security, peace, and prosperity of the entire region. Only time and the will of the Taiwanese people, free from any outside influence or coercion, will settle the Taiwan issue.
Paul B. Ding