Helms Urges Us to bring Taiwan under Regional Defense Umbrella
"The leaders in Beijing must be made to know, in no uncertain
terms, that they will never be able to use advanced nuclear
technology to intimidate the US into having any sort of
"constructive engagement", said jesse Helms (R-NC), the
chairman of the US senate Foreign Relations Committee, in
Friday's Asian Wall Street Journal. (see below)
said mainland China's espionage is the most devastating
intelligence failure in American history. Thanks to
the Cox report's revelations, Americans now know that mainland
China, has moved almost overnight from a country that had
nuclear capability of the 1950's to one that possesses most
modern and advance technology in the nuclear arsenal.
wrote that mainland China is not interested in a "strategic
partnership" with the US. To the contrary, Beijing
views America as an adversary, perhaps an outright enemy.
true nature was demonstrated by the spate of anti-American,
government sponsored riots all across mainland China following
NATO's accidental bombing on May of the mainland Chinese
embassy in Belgrade.
truly interested in a "strategic partnership" with American
would mislead its people into believing that the bombing
was deliberate, or refuse to broadcast American apologies,
leaders now view the reunification of Taiwan as their No.
1 priority. That is why the US Senate must approve
the bipartisan Taiwan Security Enhancement Act, Helms added.
stressed that the US government must bring Taiwan under
a regional missile defense umbrella that will protect the
Taiwanese, as well as all US allies in the Asia pacific
region, from a ballistics missile attack by mainland China.
is vital because during the past year Beijing has begun
moving hundreds of medium range ballistic missiles along
mainland Chinese coast near the Taiwan Strait, in a clear
effort to intimidate Taipei, Helms said.
result, the US must move quickly to build a national missile
defense to protect the American people from a ballistic
missile attack. Beijing cannot blackmail the US nuclear
weapons if its missiles cannot hit the US, he said.
With China Doesn't Work. Now What?
July 8, 1999
Helms (R., N.C.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations
to the Cox report's revelations, Americans now know that
Communist China has moved almost overnight from a 1950s
nuclear capability to the most modern, advanced technology
in the American nuclear arsenal. It is the most devastating
intelligence failure in American history. But while
the details of the report have been widely discussed, one
unanswered: What are we going to do about it?
apologists in Washington have quickly circled their wagons
in an attempt to limit the impact of the Cox report's damning
disclosures on the Clinton administration's "engagement"
policy toward Beijing. Incredibly, some in the administration
have even had the gall to attempt to use this scandal of
their own making to press for ratification of the Comprehensive
Test Ban Treaty. If anyone believes that flimsy arms control
agreement will restrain China's now-exposed nuclear ambitions,
there's a bridge in Hong Kong, I want to sell him.
administration can no longer spin its way out of a fundamental
reassessment of its China policy. The time has come for
President Clinton to confront some uncomfortable facts about
how China views the U.S., and about how the U.S. must respond
to protect its vital interests in Asia.
is not interested in a "strategic partnership" with the
U.S., as demonstrated by the spate of anti-American, government-sponsored
riots all across China following NATO's accidental bombing
in May of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade. To the contrary,
the Chinese regime views America as an adversary, perhaps
an outright enemy. No country truly interested in a "strategic
partnership" with America would mislead its people into
believing that the bombing was deliberate, or refuse to
broadcast American apologies and then incite mobs to attack
U.S. diplomatic posts with rocks and Molotov cocktails.
paramount goal is to displace U.S. influence in the Asia
Pacific region. China's aim is to undermine U.S. relations
with its Asian allies (who they hope will increasingly turn
to China as the region's security guarantor), and prevent
America from defending its vital interests in Asia particularly
our ability, and willingness, to defend Taiwan against forced
reunification with the mainland.
is determined to modernize its military forces, especially
its nuclear capabilities, speedily in order to challenge
U.S. military dominance in the Pacific. The Chinese know
that today their military is vastly inferior to ours, but
as their military might increases, we can be sure that the
Chinese regime will act more assertively.
nuclear espionage has brought us significantly closer to
the day when Beijing will be in a position to use nuclear
blackmail against the U.S. China has already shown its willingness
to issue such threats. Just after China fired missiles off
Taiwan's coast in 1995, a Chinese general publicly boasted
that the U.S. would never come to Taiwan's defense because
"Americans care more about Los Angeles than Taipei."
China does not want open war with America. As the Chinese
Sun Tzu wrote some 2,500 years ago in "The Art of War":
"Supreme excellence in war consists in breaking the enemy's
resistance without fighting." China hopes to develop the
military capacity to prevent America from defending its
interests in Asia, with what Sun Tzu called a "sheathed
this case, a nuclear sword.
who argue for U.S. "engagement" with China delude themselves
if they daydream that America can engage China from a position
of weakness. Ronald Reagan's dictum of peace through strength
applies as much in the Far East as it did in the East Bloc.
We can convince the Chinese leadership to behave only if
their avenues to adventurism and confrontation are closed.
To start, we must take the following steps:
shore up our own defenses, and those of our allies, in the
region. The most urgent priority is Taiwan. With Hong Kong
back in the fold and Macau soon to be reabsorbed into the
mainland, Beijing's leaders now view the reunification of
Taiwan as their No. 1 priority.
is why the U.S. Senate must approve the bipartisan Taiwan
Security Enhancement Act. The act will authorize more U.S.
arms sales to Taiwan and increase cooperation between the
U.S. and Taiwanese militaries. This will deter Chinese threats
against the island. And given China's recent seizures of
islands that lie within Philippine maritime boundaries,
it is also imperative
that we rebuild our defense relationship with the Philippines,
now that the Philippine Senate has ratified the Visiting
we must bring Taiwan under a regional missile-defense umbrella
that will protect the Taiwanese, and all U.S. allies in
the region, from ballistic missile attack by China (or for
that matter by North Korea). This is vital because during
the past year China has begun moving hundreds of medium-range
ballistic missiles along the coast near the Taiwan Strait,
in a clear
effort to intimidate Taipei.
and foremost, the U.S. must move quickly to build a national
missile defense to protect the American people from ballistic-missile
attack. China can't blackmail us with nuclear weapons if
its missiles can't hit the U.S. We must, once and for all,
place that antiquated Cold War relic known as the Anti-Ballistic
Missile Treaty into the dustbin of history, and then build
and deploy a system to defend us from the threat of Chinese
ballistic missile attack.
to this administration's ineptitude, China now possesses
the most advanced American nuclear weapons technology. The
leaders in Beijing must be made to know, in no uncertain
terms, that they will never be able to use that technology
to intimidate the U.S. Then, and only then, can we have
any sort of constructive "engagement" with them.