Speaking in Japan, American President Bush has stated that China should grant more political freedoms to its citizens. In a move likely to ruffle the
Chinese government's feathers, Bush held up Taiwan as a model for China to emulate. He said that Taiwan made the transitation from repression to
democracy by opening up its economy. "Modern Taiwan is free and democratic and prosperous. By embracing freedom at all levels, Taiwan has delivered
prosperity to its people and created a free and democratic Chinese society," said Bush.
KYOTO, Japan - President Bush prodded China on Wednesday to grant more political freedom to its 1.3 billion people and held up archrival Taiwan as a
society that successfully moved from repression to democracy as it opened its economy.
n remarks sure to rile Beijing, Bush suggested China should follow Taiwan's path.
"Modern Taiwan is free and democratic and prosperous. By embracing freedom at all levels, Taiwan has delivered prosperity to its people and created a
free and democratic Chinese society," the president said.
He delivered that message to China both in a speech and in a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, an unflinching ally
despite the president's record-low popularity and mounting problems at home. Koizumi supported the U.S.-led invasion of
Iraq and made an unpopular decision to send noncombat troops there in January 2004.
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China should grant more political freedoms so that they can be ignored like in the West? Ah I see the logic...
What's the point of coaxing China into a democracy that we don't even enjoy ourselves? I think its more to do with the stated manner in which China
could go about it that is the issue here. Its an issue that has been very cleverly and subtly connected by the Bush administration. Open Chinese
market = democracy
We've seen the push for democracy
in the Middle East and now we are seeing the inkling of the push for democracy
in the Far East.
Common themes? Democracy
, a republic's poor cousin, and freer access to markets for America. Coincidence or real reason for Bush's phoney
[edit on 16/11/05 by subz]