Monday, May 3, 2010

Why Ma Ying-jeou won’t ask U.S. to fight for Taiwan


In a CNN interview recently, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said Taiwan will never ask the United States to fight against China on its behalf. He said, "We will continue to reduce the risks so that we will purchase arms from the United States, but we will never ask the Americans to fight for Taiwan. This is something that is very, very clear." Ma also said, if the U.S. reduces arms sales to Taiwan below the current level, it will reduce confidence in this part of the world.

In the interview, Ma actually sent a message to U.S. as follows,

Keeping current status of the Taiwan Strait fits the greatest interests of the United States, and he is endeavoring on this with confidence. As long as U.S. maintains proper arms sales to Taiwan, Taiwan will have the ability to keep by itself the not united and not-independent status forward without a military fight from U.S. Otherwise, if U.S. reduces arms sales to Taiwan, Taiwan can hardly protect the current status of the Taiwan Strait, and U.S. will either fall into troubles to fight against China one day because of the Taiwan Relations Act, or lose its interests in Asia by seeing the reunion of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.