China Prepares to Use Force on Taiwan

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From: ÁÎ×Ó¹â Henry C.K.Liu ¹ù¤l¥ú <hliu at>
To: marxism at <marxism at>
Date: 15 May 2000 01:01
Subject: China Prepares to Use Force on Taiwan

>SCMP  Saturday, May 13, 2000
>             STAFF REPORTERS
>             President Jiang Zemin has warned generals
>             they were "overconfident" in suggesting total
>             victory over Taiwan could be secured in less
>             than 24 hours.
>             Mr Jiang was in Shanghai and neighbouring
>             cities for much of the week-long Labour Day
>             holiday to discuss Taiwan strategy in the
>             run-up to the inauguration of Taiwan
>             president-elect Chen Shui-bian next Saturday.
>             A Beijing source said yesterday Mr Jiang had
>             given instructions on both "verbal intimidation
>             and preparations for the use of force".
>             In strategy sessions in Shanghai, the President,
>             also chairman of the Central Military
>             Commission, went over military plans. "We
>             must only fight a war we are sure to win," Mr
>             Jiang reportedly said. "We must overwhelm
>             our enemies with clear-cut superiority [in
>             weapons and troop strength]."
>             Mr Jiang reportedly told a couple of generals
>             they were "over-confident" in suggesting
>             victory could be achieved in less than a day. A
>             senior Jiang aide also said in the Shanghai
>             meetings that PLA strategists must study in
>             detail American actions in Iraq and Kosovo.
>             The Beijing source said Mr Jiang's discussions
>             were with his civilian advisers as well as senior
>             generals from headquarters and from the
>             regions - particularly the Nanjing Military
>             Region which oversees Taiwan.
>             Mr Jiang and his aides agreed on the "toughest
>             response" should Mr Chen refuse to heed
>             demands that he recognise the "one China"
>             principle in his inauguration speech, the source
>             said.
>             "Propaganda organs are drafting editorials and
>             commentaries attacking Mr Chen should he
>             fail to make a concession," the source said.
>             "Jiang laid down the spirit of such pieces."
>             A military source said while most PLA officers
>             wanted speedy action against Taiwan, Mr
>             Jiang and his Politburo colleagues favoured
>             making a final decision after China's accession
>             to the World Trade Organisation.
>             The generals told their commander-in-chief
>             that most preparations for "liberation" were
>             complete. Military analysts said the generals
>             told Mr Jiang they had trouble "cooling" the
>             rank and file, who wanted immediate action
>             after the inauguration. The analysts said that
>             even though the Politburo did not favour a war
>             this year, military manoeuvres more
>             provocative than those of 1996 might be
>             staged should Mr Chen fail to compromise.
>             Troops along the Fujian coast have been put
>             on alert in the run-up to the inauguration. The
>             analysts said it was expected large-scale
>             training and troop movements would continue
>             in several coastal provinces and cities for the
>             rest of the year.
>             Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan
>             said yesterday Beijing would only talk to the
>             Chen administration if the new government
>             recognised the "one China" principle.
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