President Ma Ying-jeou, who initiated Taipei's much-touted detente with Beijing, said the live-fire exercise was a reminder of the lingering threat from China. Flanked by a fleet of F-16s, Indigenous Defence Fighters and F-5Es, the army forces also mobilised M60-A3 tanks, howitzers and mortars to fire on seaborne targets while the navy mobilised a Perry-class frigate and six missile boats.
To the contrary and to erupt later, another war for us: China affirms goal of Taiwan unification: Xi told Lien that he and other Communist Party leaders who took
office in November will continue developing ties and pushing for unification
with the island, which China claims as part of its
split from mainland China amid civil war between the Nationalists and Communists
decades since have seen a growing independent Taiwanese identity, with opinion
surveys showing only a minority favour unification with Beijing. The
Nationalists, once bitter Cold War rivals with China's Communists, support
eventual unification with mainland China but only under a still-to-be negotiated
(/10/2011 China Urged Reunification at 100th Anniversary of Demise of Last Dynasty, promises more Democracy.
Chinese President Hu Jintao used the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution that brought an end of imperial China to call for reunification with Taiwan, an island that has been governed for the last six decades by the Chinese Nationalists.
His speech was followed by an hour-long military display, which included fighter jets, tanks and missiles. China still claims Taiwan as part of its own territory. The two sides have eased hostilities over the past few years, but China has not renounced the possibility that it will use force to prevent the separately-governed island from declaring independence.
Democracy vow as China marked national day 2011: CHINA's top leaders have marked national day with an appearance on Tiananmen Square in central Beijing after Prime Minister Wen Jiabao pledged greater "democracy" and rights for the people.
In a speech Mr Wen pledged to address China's biggest social issues, including rising inflation, a yawning income gap, unemployment, food safety, corruption, environmental destruction and social injustice. "We will make great efforts to guarantee and perfect democracy and resolve the problems that most concern the people and that most directly involve their interests," Wen said in the speech posted today on government websites.
Does anybody really believe that? I want to say that China are master manipulators but they have learned from the best Democracy under communism something China has perfected. They have manipulated Democracy and Capitalism masterfully to further their style of all commanding Imperialist communism
As we've discussed often, the US is pledged to defend Taiwan who "at least they say" will never unify under China. There is no way we can get militarily involved with China's lust to rebuild Imperial China. Three years ago the US signed a deal to deliver a massive amount of advanced weaponry to Taiwan. The package includes a variety of U.S.-made weapons systems, including Patriot III anti-missile missiles, Apache attack helicopters, Harpoon missiles and Javelin anti-tank missiles.This was 3 years ago Some deliveries are in process and some still being worked out.
China is not taking this lying down! We have covered East, South, and China sea disputes extensively
Knowing all of this I must once again express naivety. We are so kept in the dark as to any truth in any incident here and around the world. I had no idea or even thought in this context but President Hu Jintao's call for a rejuvenation of the country 100 years after the Xinhai Revolution that ended more than 2,000 years of dynastic rule in China is something new to me. Worse part is that this includes Taiwan too and China is not going to settle for no!
President Hu calls on all of China's sons and daughters to join hands to carry on with the work of the Chinese Republic's first president, Sun Yat-sen, and realize his ideals of what he described as “China's great rejuvenation.” China has not been building her military and flexing her muscles for nothing. China wants Asia period and not just supremacy. She is going to have her Dynasty once again United States be damned. I do not like this.