posted on Mar, 8 2005 @ 09:29 PM
BEIJING - The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) unveiled a much-hyped anti-secession law before the National People's Congress on Tuesday, authorizing
under Chinese law an attack on Taiwan in the event of the island declaring formal independence. The move has been denounced by Taiwanese authorities
and negatively commented on by The Whitehouse. Enactment of the law coincides with the CCP's recent warnings to Japan, the United States and
Australia to refrain from becoming involved militarily in the cross-strait dispute.
BEIJING Mar 8, 2005 — China unveiled a law Tuesday authorizing an attack if Taiwan moves toward formal independence, increasing pressure on the
self-ruled island while warning other countries not to interfere. The United States said Beijing should reconsider.
"If possibilities for a peaceful reunification should be completely exhausted, the state shall employ nonpeaceful means and other necessary measures
to protect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity," Wang Zhaoguo, deputy chairman of the congress' Standing Committee, told the nearly 3,000
members gathered in the Great Hall of the People.
Taiwan denounced the legislation as a "blank check to invade" and announced war games aimed at repelling an attack.
The White House said China should reconsider passage of the law.
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Tuesday's unveiling of the anti-secession law has been much anticipated, not only by Taiwan and countries situated in the increasingly nervous Asia
political region, but also by the United States and allies. The United States has been committed to the defense of Taiwan in the event of an attack by
Mainland China since the 1979 enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act, although the extent of the US's required intervention has been debated ever
Beijing has claimed Taiwan as an inseperable part of its territory since the two split after the 1949 communist revolution and has displayed an
increasingly aggressive stance on the issue in recent years.
The move in Beijing, in addition to the recent stern warnings sent to other players in the region, may well point to the possibility of the war drums
firing up in China. Has the dragon finally awoken?
Credit to ATS member "National Security Agency" for alerting the writer to the story.
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[edit on 2005/3/8 by wecomeinpeace]