Serious crisis looming in the Taiwan Strait

The China Post news staff

It was really a weird celebration of its birthday for the Republic of China (ROC) on Oct. 10 this year. Almost nowhere in public could one see the name of the ROC. Instead, almost everywhere the sign, “U.N. membership for Taiwan,” was displayed, a phenomenon demonstrating the Chen Shui-bian administration’s zealous determination to push for the U.N. bid.

Earlier, when the party congress of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) passed the “normal nation resolution,” the Chinese Communists, through the official New China News Agency, blasted it as a new version of the “Taiwan independence program,” reiterating Beijing’s firm opposition to any form of Taiwan independence, including the proposal to hold a “referendum on the U.N. bid.”

In the wake of all the unprecedentedly strong and unequivocal opposing voices from high-ranking officials in both Washington and Beijing in recent days to Taipei’s aggressive campaign to seek admission to the United Nations under the name of Taiwan, equalizing the move with “Taiwan independence,” one cannot imagine the two superpowers still can choose to sit idle, just watching helplessly President Chen going all out to promote his U.N. bid. If so, from now on, who will take these two countries’ words seriously?

Informed sources in Singapore commented that Taiwan’s U.N. bid has heightened the possibility of a military conflict in the Taiwan Strait. They pointed out that since, in the opinion of the Communist leadership, any non-military measure may produce an adverse effect in terms of checking the rising sentiment of “Taiwan priority,” a military solution may be the only effective option.

The same news quoted unidentified experts in mainland affairs as saying that to safeguard its territorial integrity, mainland China is willing to pay any price, including the cost of hosting the Olympic Games.