After unprecedented snarling by China at Taiwan’s pro-independence government and various sorts of punishments – even cutting down tourism to Taiwan from China – Beijing is now playing a rather different card.
It is offering important incentives to Taiwanese businesses and individuals, even TV and movie producers, to expand their businesses in China and participate in key projects, especially in science and technology.
But in Taiwan, perhaps for the first time in many years, Taiwanese leaders and some from the academic and business community are starting to grasp that this latest move by China is not necessarily in Taiwan’s national security interest.
Years ago – as far back as the Nixon administration and as part of that administration’s idea of detente with Russia – the United States promoted investment and technology transfers that it pledged would help transform Communist Russia into a more pliable and engaged power, and one willing to cooperate with the West.
What actually happened was far different. Russia was in the midst of a military buildup and America’s transfers of technology and know how helped boost Russia’s military far more than supporting civilian industries. Thus the Kama River Truck Factory (Kamaz) and its ancillary but vitally important diesel-engine manufacturing plant gave the Russians a new generation of military vehicles.
Likewise, the sale of modern fertilizer factories provided Russia with a bigger supply of quality explosives for their army. Along the same lines, the loosening of COCOM (the Western Coordinating Committee composed of NATO members plus Japan) restrictions that supposedly regulated high tech trade gave Russia access to modern computers and electronics, which were sorely missing from Russia’s army, air force and navy.
With China it is a bit different in the sense that it is much worse. Western companies have freely transferred vast amounts of high technology to China and provided the manufacturing know-how and systems, including automation needed to support China’s economic and military ambitions.
Taiwan was among the big investors in China, ostensibly for business reasons because China offered a huge labor force and Taiwan was running out of skilled and semi-skilled manpower. But Taiwan also had a political agenda, along the same lines the Nixon administration claimed it was pursuing in Russia.
So Taiwan forged ahead without any analysis of the real implications, and so did their natural competitors in the United States, Western Europe and even Israel.
Keep in mind that most of the Silicon Valley companies and large aerospace companies such as Boeing and Sikorsky wanted to get into the China market and were willing to transfer technology highly leverageable by China’s military. It even got to the point that Sikorsky, which will build the new US Presidential helicopter, is building the same model in China.
The Europeans also did their best both openly and under the table, providing military technology directly to China. In the European view, US trade with China needed some balancing, and Europe could only compete with the products and technology it has, such as automobile technology and sophisticated machine tools and specialized equipment for China’s land, sea and air forces.
Perhaps the most severe and significant has been the sale of specially quieted diesel engines and related equipment for China’s newest hunter-killer Yuan-class submarines. The transfer of some 50 submarine diesel engines by Germany’s MTU, which is partially owned by the UK’s Rolls Royce Group, has given the Chinese navy a leg-up to build modern, quiet attack subs.
But it does not stop there. The same company has provided about 250 or more advanced diesel engines for China’s navy, enhancing their speed, efficiency and reliability – important improvements as China builds a capable blue water navy including aircraft carriers.
It is just as important that the United States not only provide strategic advice to Taiwan, but take concrete steps to make sure similar incentives from China are not waved in the face of American business and America’s technology elite
The full story of what has been sold to China and what is directly transferring to China’s military has yet to be fully analyzed because the pro-China lobby in the United States and elsewhere has deliberately kept it all quiet or tried to explain it away. To a degree, the apparent connivance is based on the perceived “good” of keeping Western economies humming.
But as the US now knows and Taiwan is beginning to figure out, there has been a tectonic power shift, especially in the Eastern Pacific and particularly with China’s successful militarization of the South China Sea, a challenge that largely has not been met by any of the players, especially the US.
This may suit business interests and political leaders in the short term, most of whom have sold out to the inevitability of Chinese power, but it has grave implications for the survival of democracies in the region, from Korea, to Japan, to Taiwan, to the Philippines, and to the US ability to protect the sea lines of communications and security in the region.
Now China’s bid to suck up Taiwan’s technology signifies yet another dimension of the same threat that is looming large.
The big question is what Taiwan’s government will do, if anything, to intervene in such matters. It is also just as important that the United States not only provide strategic advice to Taiwan, but take concrete steps to make sure similar incentives from China are not waved in the face of American business and America’s technology elite.
Taiwan has to decide where its future will be. Will it link up with China, surrender its democracy and become a dutiful province of China? Or will Taiwan take the other road and protect its independence and freedom?
Taiwan cannot have it both ways or turn a blind eye to the implications of high technology transfers to China.
problems ng if America is such an inferior country why does China envy the US. The US is a piss poor country that was able to defeat Japan… something China has been unable to do for a millenium. And if Japan decides to become a nuclear power, i wonder if the quality of its weapons weapons will be inferior to China. M Most likely, they will be better. And China will have more problehaving alienated europeans, India, australia and the US with its Indian ocean adventure. No one it seems trusts China. And when it tries to expand, the entire world will oppose its ambitions.
Brando Bautista Neither does anyone trust US.
Sure, even Japanese poop tastes better than Chinese poop, why don’t you try it? If it is indeed better, then you can extrapolate that Japanese nuke would be better.
In any case, even an unexploded nuke could make your city a ghost town for 40 years.
All I know, Taiwan’s technology is outdated. Can obsolete technologies from Taiwan do China any good? I doubt.
Richard Truong , every system has its own merits and demerits. Look at the way Korea, Japan, and Taiwan grew, while India and China were mired in deep poverty. India’s tryst with a socialist system took it nowhere and so did the militant communism in China. Once we opened up was when India and China started growing, more so China because it’s one party rule was decisive while India with its democracy and coalition politics could not implement far sighted policies.
Taiwan is a leader in Semi conductors and plastics. Let’s accept the fact. They are still growing at 3.5% annually. Their currency is the strongest currency in Asia. Yes. Taiwan can transfer technology to China, and I guess a part of it is happening already with Taiwanese companies opening up factories in China.
But yes, Taiwan is an ally of the US, but looks like it never got the love and effection of the Americans. As I said earlie, If the US cares about Taiwan, then what is stopping them from accepting Taiwan as a country. Taiwan lacks the guys to do so.
Americans do not understand or pretend not to understand that Taiwan will reunite with China. It does not matter whether Taiwan residents like it or not.
The US can’t do much about it either even though the desire to break up China is very itching. Also, please save your BS about love, your love means blood and death.
In the history of the US, countries and territories are bought and sold over time. For Chinese, it’s not negotiable.
In the US, democracy is a religion even though Americans are losing freedom by the day. For Chinese, it’s BS. Chinese are more practical people. If Americans try to control China’s growth, you will become the number one problem For them.
The author is clueless. Taiwan industry has long been inseparable from China.
Otherwise it would not have survived till now.
"We Indians give China Buddhism…". Sorry, my friend, I don’t think you know much about Buddhism when you said that.
First, Buddhism was founded because Budda was fed of the social injustice under some form of caste system at the time.
Second, Buddha was not even Indian. (As a matter of fact, technically, India wasfounded only since the British got out). So Buddha was not Indian. If he were still around, he would not even know what India is.
Third, even though Buddhism had thrived for some time all over South Asia, it has been eradicated by successive occupiers of India, including Hindus. As of today，Buddhists are not even 0.3% of the population in India now.
So as you can see, Buddhism was not Indian then, it is not Indian now.
Even though Buddhism and Hinduism share some common threads of beliefs, but the whole Buddhism’s "raison d’etre" is about non-hinduism
Because of the US propaganda and Hollywood fantasy. Comprendo, amigo?
Richard Truong you somehow sound a bit like an immature Donald Trump. I surely do. Few points:
a) I read your comment on Buddhism not being a creation of India. You need to really get your history in order. Buddha was an Indian prince.Probably you must take the help of Wikipedia for more information. Well you may say that India was a creation of the the Britishers, then in that case China was too. In the same way the Macedonians today can claim that the part of the world from Greece to Asia Minor belongs to the Greeks ( Macedonians). Buddha got his enlightenment in Bodh Gaya, a city in the state of Bihar, India.Xianzang, the famous Buddhish monk frequented India to bring the ancient Buddhist manuscripts to China. Your ancient Chinese rulers were wise and far more accomodative to new ideas and allowed Buddhism to coexist with Confucianism and Taoism. To us Hindus,Buddha is considered to the avatar of Lord Vishnu. As far as caste system is concerned China had caste system too , a system defined by Confucianist principles and so did Europe ( you may call it the feudal structure ).I love what the Communist party has done in China, but looking at your comments, it makes me believe that the Cultural Revolution wiped out the last remnants of your ancient Chinese history and as a result is these days producing ignorants such as you, who have no knowledge of their history.
b) As far as unification with Taiwan is concerned, I would say there is a 30% probability of a unification, a probability that is going down with every passing day. There was a reason why the Kunmintang was voted out of power. Kunmintang was pro China and supported the One China policy, didn’t it? The ruling DPP party wants a free Taiwan. Trust me, gone are the days when you can take a country against the will of the people. The Taiwanese are seeing what is happening in Hong Kong and might resist a unification. Agreed China has been successful in cuting Taiwan off from the world, but Taiwan’s economy is still doing OK. Few of the Taiwanese want to unify with a strong China, but doubts persist.
Dude, you somehow sound a bit bereft of manners.我覺得你不禮貌。你應該用邏輯還有理由進行辯論。
Enjoy your tarrifs, there is a new sherriff in town
Richard Truong taken from the little red book?
Buddha was born in Nepal. Unless you say Nepal is part of India, your logic does not stand.
I didn’t mean Hindus occupied. It was lumped in the same sentence by mistake. Thanks for pointing it out.
You still didn’t say anything on the fact that there is almost no Buddhists in India. How so? To be fair, if Hindus don’t want Buddhists on the land of India when it comes to turf fights, then please do not claim Buddhism is yours when it comes to foreign relations. It is just about being reasonable. You can’t have it both ways, right?
As to Taiwan, you may be living in the past. FYI, the US brainwash effect is fading by the day. Residents of Taiwan are waking up by the day to the fact that they are chinese. That’s why the West is getting nervous and tries some tricks again. But I wouldn’t worry about it. The West is losing its propaganda war. It can only accelerate its end with the same old lies.
No, probably from the Bible.
Very simple minded post, the world is just too complicated for your kind, please mind your own business and don’t always try to stir up troulble in other countries!
古絲路 What you said made perfect sense, that is after I realize you are an Indian using Chinese word in your name, haha!
Peter Chan I am an Indian who speaks speaks and writes Chinese, and understands a bit of Chinese culture. As they say if you know the language , you take the first step to understading a culture.
Richard Truong The first word in Islam ( as told by a practising Muslim ) is Iqra. It means READ. The word READ means look around, understand, and comprehend.
I speak your language buddy and bit of your history ( I don’t claim to an expert on Chinese history though ).
Hinduism as a religion withstood the test of time. It is one of the oldest religion in the world. We had foreign invaders, rulers trying to forcibly convert Hindus. We endured. We were the birthplace of two important religion in the world, Sikhism and Buddhism ( Now you might say that the birth place of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikkhism is in modern day Pakistan ).
Anyways, coming back, the biggest champion of Buddhism was Ashoka the Great, a Hindu king who spread Buddhism far and wide. He never forced his subjects to convert the ,unlike Constantine, who forced Christianity on to his subjects.
Hinduism endured and for a new religion as was Buddhism, most Indians stuck to Hinduism. That’s the reason, you have more Hindus than Buddhists in India.
Sikhism was born out of Hinduism? There, you completely discredited yourself, dude. Sikhism is monotheistic, closer to Islam, while Hinduism is pluralistic. I think you just revealed your Hindus nationalist trait.
Richard Truong you completely miss my point. What I meant to say that it was in India where Guru Nanak founded Sikhism.
Anyways looks like we are diverging from the core discussion centered around Taiwan.
Taiwanese election is a few years away. Let’s see who the Taiwanese vote to power.
Even though you are nationalistic, but I can see you have better world view than the Hindu fundamentalists on this forum.
Richard Truong ,
"Residents of Taiwan are waking up by the day to the fact that they are chinese. ".
Agree, the tide will turn when Mainland tightens the screw.
Another author with warmongering mindset. Plain BS.
Richard Truong China is a prison and Taiwan is a free country. Sure being jailed makes you talk your talk, but spare the free World with your China prison glory, nobody with a clear mind wants to live the life of a Chinese
Your reality comes from the Mainstream media. Very sorry for you, dude…
Richard Truong you’re a nice idiot
So many commentators have communist government written all over it….
How did you determine they are communist government?
Richard Truong, just like you that have no profile, friends or history and spew false information promoting China’s repressive agenda.
I love the advances China has made in the past, but they stifle human freedom and thoughts, which will eventually cost them. But, advancement will be difficult with the new Emperor Xi.
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