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Old Logic Unsuited to a New World

Friday, 08 February 2002 12:00 AM

It looks as if former President Bill Clinton will never stop surprising us with his more than strange behavior.

According to press reports, Mr. Clinton, never one to shy away from a controversial issue or reaping a financial reward in pursuing it, will be paid $300,000 to address a conference in Sydney, Australia, later this month on the unification of Taiwan with mainland China.

The money for Mr. Clinton’s speaking engagement is being paid by a Chinese-Australian businessman who has dealings with both Beijing and Washington.

This arrangement makes it possible to claim that the money for Clinton’s address will not come directly from the funds of Chinese intelligence agencies.

And wouldn’t you know, the Feb. 20-23 conference, promoted by pro-unification forces elsewhere, will be held at the very same time that President Bush visits Beijing, where he will be seeking to promote Chinese-American cooperation.

In this connection it doesn’t matter what Mr. Clinton says, his participation at the conference in Sydney will strengthen Beijing’s position on Taiwan, which is at odds with U.S. interests in the region.

It is well known that the Chinese communists have increased their military buildup and war preparations against Taiwan and America, and continue their strategic advances, designed by the Politburo of China’s Communist Party to challenge U.S. interests.

Currently, Beijing is seriously worried about recent changes in the strategic landscape in Asia, which is being rapidly transformed to China’s disadvantage since Sept. 11.

By spearheading the anti-terror operation, the U.S. has strengthened its strategic role from Central Asia to Southeast Asia. It is setting up long-term military bases in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, intends to stay strategically engaged in Pakistan, and has returned to the Philippines with American special operations forces.

The fast-changing strategic scene not only undermines Chinese ambitions to dominate Asia, but also puts pressure on the top Chinese leaders, who currently are preparing to retire one by one by the end of next year.

While officially seeking a multi-polar world, China aspires to a unipolar Asia, with itself as the single pole, and it makes no secret of its desire to dominate Asia by forestalling the rise of any competitor.

For many years China has considered Pakistan as its own ally in the area and has supplied Islamabad with weapons systems as well as technologies and materials for its nuclear and missile programs.

Traditionally, Beijing has used Pakistan against India as it uses North Korea against Japan, but despite heavy Chinese strategic investments in Pakistan, Beijing now finds itself supplanted there by the U.S.

In this situation China is trying to shift its policy and begin to play political games with India, Pakistan’s rival for years.

Last month, during a time of growing American-Indian strategic engagement, Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji visited India in the hope of keeping New Delhi from America by emphasizing areas of potential cooperation with China.

He also expressed China’s intentions to be more responsive to Indian concerns over its neighbors’ policy, in an effort to dissuade New Delhi from building a close military relationship with the U.S.

It’s obvious that the post-Sept. 11 political situation in Asia is very difficult, but President Bush has already dramatically changed the strategic Asian landscape in favor of U.S. and Western interests.

Bush already has done far more than his predecessors in this matter, and his visit to the region later in February could bring new developments and create conditions for positive change in strategic relations in the area.

In this connection it’s very difficult to understand Mr. Clinton’s intentions, as well as the activities of some other American liberal politicians who are playing their own political games over Asia, in contradiction to major U.S. strategic goals and interests.

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