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During a visit to Beijing inOctober 1995, Chas Freeman, a former State Department official, was told by Xiong Guangkai, the deputy chief of staff for the People's LiberationArmy, that China was prepared to sacrifice millions of people in anuclear exchange to defend its interests in preventing Taiwan'sindependence. "You will not sacrifice Los Angeles to protect Taiwan,"Xiong told him.
The administration began taking small steps to counteract China's campaign of intimidation. In December, the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz sailed through the Taiwan Strait, claiming the unusual trip was made necessary by bad weather. But China did not blink; in February 1996, a month before Taiwan's presidential elections, the Chinese army sentabout 150,000 troops to China's southeastern coast for another round of military exercises. Then, on March 8, China started firing missiles once again into the waters off Taiwan. This time, the missiles landed considerably closer to the island.
China's message was unmistakable. Taiwan's stock market fell again, and people on the island lined up at banks to change their money into dollars. Taiwan's foreign-exchange reserves began dropping at the rate of $300 million to $500 million a day.
The Clinton administration decided that the time for quiet diplomacy had passed. The administration's senior foreign policy team gathered in Defense Secretary William Perry's office at the Pentagon on March 9, aSaturday. Everyone agreed a show of force was essential to reassure both Taiwan and American allies in Asia. The question was: How much force?"We wanted the egregious actions [by China] to stop," Perry laterexplained. "We did not want this to escalate. We considered sending one carrier, but decided that wasn't strong enough." In the end, they opted for two carriers--the Nimitz and the USS Independence--and support ships.
The result was that the United States deployed its largest armada in Southeast Asia since the end of the Vietnam War. Within days, the Independence was patrolling near the island, along with the missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill and a frigate, two destroyers and two submarines. The Nimitz arrived the following week, along with seven more warships.
No one sought to explain away the deployment by talking about badweather. "Beijing should know, and this U.S. fleet will remind them,that while they are a great military power, the strongest, the premier military power in the Western Pacific is the United States," Perry toldto one gathering on Capitol Hill.
Within a few days, the crisis ebbed. China ended its military exercises,and the Clinton administration withdrew the carriers. Taiwan held its presidential election, with Lee winning easily.
Originally posted by rwsdakota
If you think the US will do a walk by on China like it did in Iraq you've got alot of research to do. A war with china would last years and hundreds of thousands of coalation forces will perish
Originally posted by marg6043
I will say that the republican will not care if California is gone because California has always been a sore eye for the Republicans.
Originally posted by AceOfBase
Yeah, I think they chose the wrong state to threaten.