Thursday, April 21, 2005


France endorses China's "right" to attack Taiwan

France, our erstwhile “ally”, now not only favors ending the arms embargo and enabling the open sale of sophisticated weapons to China – weapons for which the principal use to China would be to attack U.S. carrier groups defending Taiwan – but also endorses China’s “right” to attack Taiwan, as reported in this article from a German source:

During a state visit to China, French Premier Raffarin threw support behind a law allowing China to attack Taiwan and continued to push for a lift of the EU arms embargo.

Appearing to put his government at odds with the European Union, [French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre] Raffarin said at the outset of the three day visit that Paris had no objections to the anti-secession law.

"The anti-secession law is completely compatible with the position of France," he said in a joint press conference with his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao.

The “anti-secession law” is essentially a Chinese law that authorizes the invasion of Taiwan. Following the communist victory in the Chinese civil war after WWII, nationalist leaders fled the mainland to the Island of Taiwan. The Chinese government there was long recognized as the legitimate government of China, and seated in the United Nations, until the realpolitik thinking of the 70’s shoved Taiwan aside and embraced the communist government in Peking (now known as “Beijing”). The U.S. has always guranteed the security of Taiwan against Chinese invasion, as we guarantee South Korea against invasion from the North. As, for fifty years, we guaranteed the safety of France against invasion by the Soviet Union.

If China’s assertion that it has a right to attack Taiwan is “completely compatible” with the position of France, then that make’s France’s position completely incompatible with the U.S. position on Taiwan. France is neither a friend nor an ally, and France is not to be trusted.

At the same time, he vowed that his government would continue to push for the lifting of what he called the "anachronistic" and "discriminatory" arms embargo against China. The embargo contradicts the current "strategic partnership" between the EU and China, he added.

So Europe and China have a “strategic partnership” that will benefit from the sale of high tech weapons systems to China, weapons systems for which the only reasonable use is to strike at U.S. forces defending Taiwan? Wake up boys and girls! The friend of your enemy is not your friend! The country that sells arms the purpose of which are to threaten or kill your countrymen is not your ally!
What motivates France? A high moral value? A sense of international justice? How about profiteering as a motive for cozying up to the last great totalitarian state:

Raffarin also signed or finalized major business deals with Beijing valued at around $3.2 billion (2.4 billion euros).

Some 20 other previously announced contracts were also finalized during the ceremony. Taken together, the value of the deals comes to around $3.2 billion, Delmas said.
"This is a very big market ... in the first four months of the year it grew by 40 percent over the same period last year," Delmas told news agencies.

After all, this is France we’re talking about. The country that didn’t want to give up its cash cow in Iraq…and secretly sold weapons and provided intelligence to Saddam Hussein until the very minute those weapons they sold were fired at American troops…the country that has blocked U.N. sanctions against slaughter in Darfur because of its oil contracts with the genocidal government whose cash flow would be interrupted by those sanctions.
At least the bastards are consistent.
UPDATE: OOPS!...forgot to link Little Green Footballs as the source for this post!

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