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please stay on the topic
whether i consider myself as an american or how elementary my command of english might be are irrelevent to the issue at hand. does it matter if i am in china or in america? noam chomsky, one of the most prominent intellectuals in the US and a linguistics professor at MIT, bashes US foreign policies every time he gives a speech, do you suspect that he is an Al Queda member living in Afghanistan?|
it seems to me that you were offended by my comment about Japan, perhaps you are japanese posing as an american?
just to put it in simple terms, perhaps due to my "lack of knowledge in economics and politics", america has been and will be working to make sure that there is tension across the straight. if you don't remember, during the 1996 taiwan presidential election, the US fleets were there watching. 2 years later, clinton went to china and pledged the famous "three nos"... and one year later, the US airforce bombed the Chinese embassy in Serbia. 2 years later, US reconnaissance planes were forced down in southeast china and the crew was captured. 1 year later, 27 bugs were found in the Boeing plane sold to china. is the US doing all these to help taiwan? not neccessarily. in fact, taiwan gets some of the most outdated arms from the US, this keeps the taiwanese government (either chen or lian) over-dependent on US support. Bush rebuked Chen's proposal last year, when the motive and the content of it were not clear. So, in order to gain Bush's support, chen made the referrendum to be about "upgrading taiwan's defense" - meaning taiwan would have to waste more money buying more outdated american weapons.
in plain and simple words, the US has fooled Taiwan by acting to be on its side and has fooled China by tacitly supporting Taiwan's democracy as a disguise for its independence. at the end, both sides will take huge blows when the US will continue enjoying its world superpower position without challenge.