Friday, November 7, 2008

How Long Can Obama Hold Out?

Officials from China once again reiterate that the new president must oppose Taiwan Independence in order for the U.S. and China to have "good relations." This is fresh off the heels of a similar occurrence a few weeks ago for what then was the two presidential candidates, Obama and McCain. See my post about that here.

As we've seen from President Bush's first year in office, Bush was quick to talk the big talk against China, but failed to walk that big talk as the weeks turned into months turned into years in office. How long will Obama be able to hold out against this China force that is trying to control things on capital hill. This will be one of Obama's true tests that I will look forward to seeing how he handles it- whether he caves into China like president Bush did (so much for change), or will he stand firm and give the people of Taiwan hope.

This brings up a point that I have always wished to ask the presidential candidates. That is, how can they support the 'One China' policy, while at the same time act as the leaders and promoters of the 'free world.' The One China policy is all about how there is only one China, and Taiwan is a part of China. Again, China once again imposing it's will onto others. And the ironic thing is that the candidates (both McCain and Obama) have come out saying they support the free and democratic Taiwan, yet adhere to the 'One China' policy, which specifically states that Taiwan is not a free and democratic country, rather, a part of China, a censored, communist, country.

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