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By this time Saturday, President Bush will be in Beijing for weekend talks with Hu Jintao. The assorted punditry has been largely quiet, oddly enough, about what the President should discuss with Communist China’s leader. Only Wanqing Huang (Epoch Times) and the editors of the Washington Times have even brought up the subject, and given what the latter advises, it would have been better for them to keep quiet.
Given this unusual void, I’ve decided to step forward and offer my advice to President Bush on this subject. Whether he follows is or not is, of course, up to him.
Communist aid and comfort to America’s enemies in the war on terror: The President should make clear America will not tolerate Communist China’s increasing support for the mullahcracy of Iran – including helping Tehran become a nuclear power – nor has it forgotten how much the Communist regime helped Saddam Hussein in recent years, and also Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network (see also fifth item).
Stalinist North Korea: Communist China has pulled the wool over the world’s eyes for far too long on this issue. While the Communists claim to want a “denuclearized” Korea, what they really want is a de-Americanized Korea. How else can one explain the Communists selling tributyl phosphate to the Stalinist regime? What justification can there be for a Communist-owned bank helping Kim Jong-il sell drugs to the rest of the world? President Bush should make clear that, as far as America is concerned, the Communists are responsible for the behavior of their own satellite state/would-be colony – but at the same time, warn very strongly that Hu put an end to the latent campaign to justify a future Communist occupation of northern Korea (sixth item).
Taiwan: The Chinese Communist Party has repeatedly claimed that it and it alone is the rightful ruler of Taiwan, despite the fact that it has never controlled one square inch of the island democracy. Even during the President’s laudable comments about Taiwan this week, he refused to make clear the Taiwan’s future is a matter for the people who live there, not for the CCP. Given the recent “anti-secession” law, and the continuing Communist military buildup, the time for the President to tell this to Hu is now.
Tibet and East Turkestan: Communist China would like us to believe that its occupation of these nations is ancient history. If that’s so, perhaps Hu would like to revisit his “colonialist plot” slander against the state of Israel. In the meantime, Hu should be told in no uncertain terms that Tibet and East Turkestan are in fact illegally occupied nations, and that is time the Communist military withdraw from them.
Democracy and human rights: The President took a nice step forward in this direction with his aforementioned comments on Taiwan, but he must go farther than that. He must tell Hu, in the strongest of terms, that false comments about “intra-party democracy” and other silliness will not be tolerated when juxtaposed with the Taishi outrage, the Hanyuan County massacre, the systematic erosion of freedom in Hong Kong (tenth item), and the continuing brutality against Falun Gong practitioners (sixth item), Christians (third and ninth items), and all faiths who refuse to bow to the Chinese Communist Party.
On China’s future: This may be the hardest part of the advice I give to the President, because, in effect, he will have to tell his host to leave, but if the President truly values democracy, he has to demand it come to China as well, and that can only come with the end of the Chinese Communist regime. Speaking truth to power is never easy, even for powerful men like President Bush, but it still must be done.
Will the President follow any of the advice I have given him? Only he has the answer to that. However, if he does, he will have accomplished a great deal, no matter how Hu Jintao responds. By raising these points, the President will make clear that he understands the true nature of America’s cold war with Communist China, and thus, greatly increase the likelihood that Cold War II will end Chinese Communism just as Cold War I ended European Communism.