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1. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

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China & The World Today & Tomorrow

This evening, I watched an interview on Chinese television with Irish Ambassador, Declan Gallagher, who has been living in China since September 2004. Mr Gallagher stated clearly that Ireland supported the "One China Principle".

The evening news later showed Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, in Beijing with Chinese President Hu Jintao. Australia also supports the "One China Principle".

It seems as though there are many countries from around the world that have expressed support for China's adoption of the Anti-Secession Law, which intends to prevent the secession of Taiwan from China and clarify China's position on the Taiwan question.

More countries support new law
As at 16 March 2005, these countries included: France, Cuba, Kenya, Kuwait, Zambia, Madagascar, Bosnia-Herzegovina,and Nepal.

President Hu Jintao has been recently touring southern Asia countries including Bhutan, Bangladesh, India. All have expressed support for the "One China Principle". Pakistan is the next country to be visited.

I checked a bit more, and found the following articles: US Pledges Support For "One-China Principle" and Chinese President Meets US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

Quoting In a separate article


"....It's an international convention for a nation to oppose secessionist activities and safeguard its national sovereignty and territorial integrity through legislation....";"...No sovereign state will tolerate any secessionist activities and activities to sabotage national unity. The United State (sic), Britain, Russia all have drafted relevant laws...."China's anti-secession law backed by lawmakers, political advisors

The anti-secession laws apply to China's sovereignty over all its territories. China is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, and currently (April 2005) holds the presidency of that Council.

The Cold War ended well over a decade ago. For some people, it can be difficult to let go of past beliefs and social conditioning, however the China of today is progressive and vibrant.The European Union is even ready to lift a 14-year-old arms embargo on China, despite US opposition. These facts all indicate that the world at large has faith in China.

From a traveller's point of view, China is certainly a fascinating place to visit ... whether it be now,OR for the 2008 Olympic Games, OR the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

19th April 2005

2. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 11y

This seems to be as good time as any to share my new favorite song (boy, am I proud to be Chinese!):

I Like Chinese
Artist: Monty Python
Album: Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album

The world today seems absolutely crackers,
With nuclear bombs to blow us all sky high.
There's fools and idiots sitting on the trigger.
It's depressing and it's senseless, and that's why...
I like Chinese.
I like Chinese.
They only come up to your knees,
Yet they're always friendly, and they're ready to please.
I like Chinese.
I like Chinese.
There's nine hundred million of them in the world today.
You'd better learn to like them; that's what I say.
I like Chinese.
I like Chinese.
They come from a long way overseas,
But they're cute and they're cuddly, and they're ready to please.


I like Chinese food.
The waiters never are rude.
Think of the many things they've done to impress.
There's Maoism, Taoism, I Ching, and Chess.
So I like Chinese.
I like Chinese.
I like their tiny little trees,
Their Zen, their ping-pong, their yin, and yang-ese.
I like Chinese thought,
The wisdom that Confucious taught.
If Darwin is anything to shout about,
The Chinese will survive us all without any doubt.
So, I like Chinese.
I like Chinese.
They only come up to your knees,
Yet they're wise and they're witty, and they're ready to please.
All together.
[verse in Chinese]
Wo ai zhongguo ren. (I like Chinese.)
Wo ai zhongguo ren. (I like Chinese.)
Wo ai zhongguo ren. (I like Chinese.)
Ni hao ma; ni hao ma; ni hao ma; zaijien! (How are you; how are you; how are you; goodbye!)
I like Chinese.
I like Chinese.
Their food is guaranteed to please,
A fourteen, a seven, a nine, and lychees.
I like Chinese.
I like Chinese.
I like their tiny little trees,
Their Zen, their ping-pong, their yin, and yang-ese.
I like Chinese.
I like Chinese.
They only come up to your knees...

3. Posted by Zhou (Full Member 126 posts) 11y

China is developing on the sacrifice of people like me.Just look how we are struggling to survive--I`m working overtime everyday to make time for my Singapore trip, and my boss is still unsatisfied and very unwilling to promise a two days`leave offer.

My neck is breaking, and I`ve made an appointment to see the doctor. But no time to leave my office!

4. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Monty Python

"...There's nine hundred million of them in the world today..."

Nowadays, there's 1.3 billion people just in China. Any ideas as to how many worldwide?

5. Posted by wtanaka (Budding Member 44 posts) 11y

The "one china policy" is thus named to be intentionally vague. The U.S. is probably the largest supporter of Taiwanese independence, having signed a treaty binding it to defend Taiwan in case of invasion from the mainland. But it can support the "status quo" and "one china policy" because it's not clear what the status quo is, or what "China" includes.

6. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Various Taiwanese leaders have been visiting the China mainland lately, expressing their support for the "One China" Principle.

I don't really follow how any of this concerns the U.S.

7. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

Various Taiwanese leaders have been visiting the China mainland lately, expressing their support for the "One China" Principle.

I don't really follow how any of this concerns the U.S.

Everything concerns the U.S. Although personally I'd be pretty happy if we minded our own business. It certainly would save us A LOT of money and lives.

8. Posted by Zhou (Full Member 126 posts) 11y

As the only country that has inherited thousands of years`cultural history without any break and never been fully-occupied, the only ancient country that still exists and with the fastest developing speed rate in the world, nation unity means a lot more than others can imagine. For many Chinese, Unique China, One China.-No any other concept.

9. Posted by Zhou (Full Member 126 posts) 11y

To many Chinese,..