Thursday, January 7, 2010

Taiwan: China's Struggle to Control Her


In the past, China has threatened to use force to reunite Taiwan with the mainland if the island declares formal independence. But relations have improved since President Ma Ying-jeou took office in 2008.

Several days before the Pentagon confirmed the contract, China warned it could damage relations.

"We urge the US to recognise the gravity of selling arms to Taiwan... cancel any plans to sell arms to Taiwan and stop selling arms to Taiwan so as not to damage China-US relations," foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said at a regular news conference on Tuesday.

Do you agree with China? Or do you agree Taiwan should have their own stockpile of weapons? Explain your theories regarding a countries soverneity, and the right to defend oneself.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8445408.stm

25 comments:

  1. We feel that Taiwan should have their own stockpile of weapons. They desirve to have their own rights and China shouldn't be able to take their weapons away from them. Taiwan should be an independent country so they can fight for themselves and for freedom. We feel that not only getting their weapons taken away is bad but it's also taking away their dignity.

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  2. Conner5, Kevin5, Sydney5, Andres5, Brian5January 7, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Taiwan should be able to have their own supply of weapons to defend themselves from Chinese invaders. They are an independent country, and China can't force them to rejoin their country. They should be able to defend themselves from foreign invaders trying to control their country. America should send Taiwan weapons for self-defense.

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  3. Sean5, maddie5, teig5January 7, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    We, as a group, feel that Taiwan should be its own country. It shouldn't be "owned" by China or any other country. It has the right to be its own country and independent. Taiwan should have its own freedom because it is wrong for one country to own another. Taiwan needs to break free of China's grasp on them and fight for their rights.

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  4. Ricardo5, Kristine5January 7, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    We think that Taiwan should have their own weapons because then they will be able to fight against China, and become an independent country. We also think that they should not make thier own weapons because they don't have the same amount of technology as China, and if they were fighting, China would win because they have better technology and fighting meathods, and they are more powerful.

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  5. Alaysia,Chris,& PriscillaJanuary 7, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    We agree with both, because we think that Taiwan should have their own stockpile and their own weapons. Beacuase they should'nt depend on other countries to provide for their countres. But we also think that china should'nt just come into Taiwan and take their weapons and stockle away from them. Thats basicly taking something that does not belong to them. We agree with Taiwan and China from where their coming from, but we agree with Taiwan ALOT more!

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  6. I think Taiwan should have their own stockpile of weapons because if it ever came to a country invading, what are they supposed to defend themselves with? Obviously, no sticks and rocks. By giving them weapons they will have more people entering their military. Therefore being able to defend themselves.

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  7. I agree with with Taiwan because they are their own country and should be able to do what they want to do. America should not give them weapons to Taiwan but should produce their own weapons. Every country has weapons but just because China is a bigger country doesn't mean they should rule over smaller countries. Taiwan should fight for its freedom.

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  8. matt 5, garrett 15January 7, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    We belive that Taiwan should be able to have a stockpile of weapons. That way they can make their way to become independent, and separate from the Chinese influence. Although we think Taiwan should have weapons, we think that the US should not be involed. If the US becomes involed in this situation the respect China has for us will falter and may cause future problems. We think the US should focus more on positive relations with China, than Taiwan becoming independant. China is a powerful ally and important trading nation, to the United States. The US should think of the consequences of helping Taiwan.

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  9. I think that Taiwan should have weapons so they can defend themselves. I mean almost every country has nuclear power as well as some neighbor hoods have illegal weapons in their hands and no one is doing nothing about it. Maybe everyone should have a gun so China is just getting mad that Taiwan is parting off from their country. My question is how come China won't let taiwan become an independent country if almost every country in the world has become independent. In the first place (to China) no one should have any wepons at all, not even USA.

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  10. I hope the U.S. does not sell its weapons to Taiwan. It is not worth the risk for the United States to lose relations with China. I know why Taiwan wants the weapons. They want the weapons for their defence. However, I do not see any reason why the U.S. should ship weapons to Taiwan. The U.S. is in a war with Iraq, and the U.S. could certainly use those weapons. Even after the war is over, the U.S. should not ship their weapons to Taiwan until they give more reasons why that should happen and relations between the United States and China should weaken.

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  11. Danielle 3, Tyler 3, Keea 3, Andres 3, Gabriel 3January 11, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    I think Taiwan should have their own stockpile of weapons and supplies because every country should be even for war and should be supplied to fight. Every country needs to be armed and fight for what they believe in. The US should sell weapons over so every country is even.

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  12. gillian3juliett3haley3rachel3kendal3January 11, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    We feel that Taiwan deserves it's own stock pile of weapons. It should be treated the same as China and should have the same rights. China shouldn't be able to take their weapons away by threatening the U.S. Taiwan should be Independent so they can fight for themselves. We feel the U.S. shouldn't take away their weapons because America was once fighting for independence too.

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  13. Tiffany3, Elise3, Lizbeth3, Brandy3January 11, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Our group thinks that Taiwan should have their own stockpile of weapons because they should be able to defend themselves. We don't think it is fair that China won't let Taiwan be an independent country. The United States should not get involved in this problem so nothing comes between the U.S. and China.

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  14. Casey 3 Jessica 3 Dinah 3 Kaylee 3January 11, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Our group thinks that Taiwan should be their own country. They should have their freedom and their own policies. It is not right for a country to rule another country. We also think that Taiwan should have the right to defend their country if needed.

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  15. Acquiring weapons is one way to become independent in Taiwan. This way, it can defend its self with out relying on America to provide defense. Taiwan should make their own decisions and not let China decide for them. America should not be involved with Taiwan. Taiwan should fend for themselves. Relying on another nation is a sign of weakness.

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  16. I feel that taiwan should get their own weapons. China should let taiwan be a independent fighting country. The USA should not ship weapons to Taiwan we could use those weapons because were in was with iraq. China should let Taiwan be independent because almost every country in the world is independent. Taiwan deserve to fight for themselves and be independent.

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  17. Hi Ms.Cestone, Hope you don't mind if I wrote in your blog,oh my God, I really miss being in your class, its sooo different in my new school!!! :( By the way I do agree with Taiwan becaues they have the right to be in independent and fight for themselves!And not let China boss them around! Although U.S want to help them but shouldn't beacuse later on U.S and China are going to become enemies and we can not have that because China is the country who we business a lot. If Taiwan do not have supplies to fight or for other things. Instead they should find another way to do it. Even though it can be hard.

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  18. My thought is Taiwan should be able to have there own supply of weapons when unwanted people come onto there land. Honestly Taiwan has the right to be independent and not have china telling them what to do. Also almost every country is independent these days and Taiwan should also be. So in this case i agree with that Taiwan.

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  19. I believe that Taiwan should be able to have its own weapons because they are fighting to be their own country. Most countries are independent so I believe that Taiwan should too. I think its wrong that China is ruling another county because all countries should be free.

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  20. I feel that China shouldn't have the right to control Taiwan's independence. The United States should continue to supply Taiwan with weapons because every country has its rights to be independent and make its own decisions. If China had relations to Taiwan in means that Taiwan was a part of China, then that would be a different story. Since this isn't the case, Taiwan has the right to import weapons to defend itself and shouldn't allow China to question their right to independence.

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  21. I think that Taiwan should have their own stockpile weapons. I don't think that China should be able to rule of Taiwan though because Taiwan is it's own place and they should be able to tak care of themselves. The United States supplies Taiwan with weapons and they should keep suppling them because Taiwan has their right to independence just like any other place should.

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  22. Taiwan should be able to have their own supply of weapons to defend themselves from Chinese invaders and China shouldn't be able to take their weapons away from them.Taiwan needs to break free of China's grasp on them and fight for their rights.I agree with with Taiwan because they are their own country and should be able to do what they want to do.

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  23. I believe that Taiwan should have their own stockpile of weapons because they are their own country and they should have their own independence from China. They need to be able to defend themselves and they need to be able to protect the people that live in their country.

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  24. The U.S. has a strong relationship with China. Because we're selling arms to Taiwan, China is threatening to break our bond. China is giving us a chance to make the right choice and stick with them. Taiwan has done nothing for us so we should'nt do anything for them. I agree with China, Taiwan needs to be more independent.

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  25. China threatened the USA if they gave weapons to Taiwan. Taiwan should have the right to protect themselves. Having weapons may have a negative impact. The government might start genocides or it might even start a war. The only positive side of getting weapons is for Taiwan to be able to protect themselves.

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