Taiwan's United Nations Bid: Domestic Democracy or International Crisis?
Recorded on December 18, 2007
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
When he met President Bush on November 28, Chinese Foreign
Minister Yang Jiechi demanded that the United States "combine
efforts, intensify cooperation, to resolutely block the 'UN bid
referendum' and 'Taiwan independence' splittist activity in all its
forms, in order to maintain the peace and stability of the Pacific
region." At the same meeting, Minister Yang told his
long-time friend, President Bush, that China's denial of U.S. Navy
port calls in Hong Kong was a "misunderstanding."
"Misunderstanding?" Not according to the Beijing Foreign
Ministry spokesman who flatly denied that the Ministry said any
such thing. And on hearing that, U.S. officials confirmed
that "misunderstanding" was "precisely" what Yang said. The
Chinese media now blame Washington's failure to rein in Taiwan's
democratic processes for their decision to deny U.S. naval ships
bad-weather haven in Hong Kong, and for approving, then denying the
USS Kitty Hawk battle group a port call in the city.
Yet another crisis in U.S.-China relations is brewing over
Taiwan's upcoming referendum on the Island's bid for membership in
the United Nations. Join us Tuesday morning to hear Taiwan's
Representative in Washington, Dr. Jaushieh Joseph Wu, explain his
country's side of the story, while two panels of experts analyze
the impact of Taiwan's UN bid on Taiwan's domestic politics,
international frictions and the future of Asian democracy.