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Chinese President Hu Jintao, unbowed by pressure on a state visit, warned the United States on Thursday not to press on Taiwan and Tibet as he insisted that the rising Asian power sought cooperation.
The Chinese leader said that Taiwan and Tibet "concern China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and they represent China's core interests."
China and the US have been politically wrestling over the Taiwan issue for decades. Both China and Taiwan are doing just fine economically speaking. Hell, they even trade between themselves in the billions. It's been that way for years.
Unless China wants to force the issue of reunification there should be no issues with maintaining the status quo.
Chinese Soldier Guarding American P40 Fighter Planes, Emblem of Fighting Tigers
Originally posted by backinblack
I only mention a US state seceding and what the US would do to shed light on how the Chinese react..
I just wonder if the US would react the same...
The initial target area of the Taiwan Strait exploration will cover 15,400 square kilometers or nearly 6,000 square miles on both sides of the center line between China and Taiwan. The area is west of the Tainan Basin off of southern Taiwan and east of Chazhou and Shantou in the mainland's Guangdong Province. Geophysical studies carried out there from 1998 to 2000 revealed good potential for the presence of oil reserves--an estimated 300 million barrels of crude oil.
The dispute over sovereignty involves differing interpretations of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. China holds that because the Diaoyu Islands are small, uninhabited, and unable to sustain economic life of their own, they are therefore not entitled to generate a continental shelf or consequently a 200-nautical-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
Originally posted by Rockpuck
reply to post by SLAYER69
Oil... oil... and yet more oil..
Why would China give a crap about some tiny little island that mostly produces even inferior plastic garbage than China does?
China's economy appears to have reached a critical threshold of complexity and obscurity that renders it uncontrollable. Recent reports of surging bank loans, real estate speculation, industrial growth and inflation triggered a sharp decline in the Shanghai stock index yesterday.
A recent comparison of food prices in Boston and Beijing found that China is now more expensive than the US.
Though the first link states that the average urban wage in China is about $3,000 a year, my sources in China report that a college-educated worker makes about $6,000 a year--about one-eighth the average U.S. income of $49,777. A mid-level manager might make $12,000 a year--an excellent salary in China.
Food eats up (sorry) about 40% of the average household budget in China, roughly in line with the percentage U.S. households devote to housing/mortgages. As I have noted here before, it's not the absolute percentage rise in essentials such as food and energy that matters, it's the relative impact on lower-income households that matters.
A 10% rise in food prices in a household that spends 10% on food (a typical upper-middle class U.S. household) results in a "statistical noise" 1% increase in the family budget. In a family budget with 40% devoted to food, a 10% increase in food meaningfully crimps household spending. A doubling of food prices would be catastrophic.
How does a relatively recent discovery account for their preoccupation and obsession going back 40 or 50 years previous to the possible oil reserves discovery factor into this?
Originally posted by Rockpuck
Since the fall of the Cold War, countries are far less Nationalist and far more open to international negotiation and so forth.. so why does China still have a gripe over Taiwan?