Our everlasting “One China” policy and why we haven’t torched it.
There is only one China. It’s a big chunk of land in Southeastern Asis that does NOT include the the island of Taiwan. Taiwan hasnt exactly been an island of democratic harmony since it’s incpetion in 1949, but it has implemented several reforms to the point where it is a thriving multiparty democracy in a place where democracy is exactly well known.

Even since I can remember, the US has always treated Bejing’s overtures of armed reunification as a empty threat, but that only been because the US has steadily backed Taiwan and had a massive military superiority over any Chinese action. Unfortunately today, that isn’t the case. We are now looking at a Chinese government that not only has a massive trade surplus with the United States, but has built up a massive, modern army that could most likely slug it out with ours and put up enough of a fight that makes our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan look like a trip to the grocery store.
So what is the solution to the problem? Do we let China invade Taiwan in three or four years, forcing a thriving democracy off the face of the planet because we’re scared of slugging it out with a superpower or worse, having to pay for stuff that isn’t “Made in China”? Can you imagine what sort of havoc a full fledged invasion of Taiwan would have on the world economy?
But let’s put this scenario in play? Let’s say China keeps the stalemate for another ten years. Now Taiwan and a number of other countries are even more prosperous, the world is more dependent on their manufacturing forces, and China pulls off an almost bloodless invasion/decapitation of the Taiwanese government. Now what the US and the world community do? Start sanctioning the Chinese government, only to shut off the world’s supply of cheap, plastic toys and electronics gear? Imagine the uproar when we start running out of holographic cell phones included in every “Happy Meal” at your local McWal-Mart.
Bottom line, the current stalement isn’t going to get better over time. In fact as Taiwan further develops itself into an intergral part of the world economy, the stakes of a possible Chinese Reunification only rise higher and higher. It’s high time for this administration who has been a lightning rod of Democracy to step up and recognize Taiwan as such.