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Carrot and Stick, Szechuan Style

By Kagan, Robert

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Title: Carrot and Stick, Szechuan Style  
Author: Kagan, Robert
Language: English
Subject: Political science., Philosophy & politics, Politics & international relations
Collections: New American Century Collection
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Publisher: The Project for the New American Century


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Excerpt: Why does the Chinese premier rush to announce that President Bush will visit Beijing next fall - even before the White House is ready to make the news public? Why do senior Chinese officials suddenly declare, after months of railing against Bush?s plans to build a missile defense system, that maybe the two sides can get together and talk about it after all? And why is China?s vice premier, Qian Qichen, in town this week, self-invited and all smiles? The very simple answer to all these questions is that next month the Bush administration will announce what new arms systems it will approve for sale to Taiwan. The Taiwanese have asked, for the umpteenth year in a row, for approval of the Aegis battle management system, which will help them address the increasingly dangerous threat of Chinese airpower and other advanced Chinese weaponry - including hundreds of ballistic missiles deployed just a hundred miles away across the Taiwan Strait. The Beijing government is now pulling out all the stops to prevent this sale, precisely because Chinese leaders want Taiwan to remain vulnerable to any attack they may choose to launch. The Chinese already have about 300 short-range missiles aimed at Taiwan, and they?re building up at a rate of 50 per year. Just this past week, the Washington Times? Bill Gertz reported that the Pentagon has discovered yet another recently built Chinese missile base. The last thing Beijing wants is for Taiwan to nullify this deadly threat with U.S. technology.


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