Visit Communist China, then visit Free China. The latter is located on the island of Taiwan, where anti-Communist forces fled from the mainland in 1949 after being ousted by the Reds.
Any visitor can see they are two separate "states" with two different governments and economic systems.
So what was all the fuss about a few weeks ago when Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui stated that the mainland should deal with his island on a "state-to-state" basis? As the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office notes, "The Republic of China (overthrown by the Reds) was established in 1912 and has had sovereignty over the Taiwan area and its people for the past 50 years."
The governing party, as well as the main opposition parties, still embrace the dream of ultimate reunification -- but only when there is a democratic, unified China.
Enter Bill Clinton. He naturally fawns over the butchers of Beijing -- especially since their army helped fund his re-election campaign. He also knows that many Americans are apathetic when it comes to foreign policy, so the president felt he could publicly bully Taiwan about its president's "state-to-state" remarks. Clinton also hinted he'd consider a cutoff of U.S. military assistance!
Is this the same president who said he was worried about murderous Serbs ruling Kosovo? The Serbs are pikers compared to the Chinese Communists who have murdered millions of their own people since the 1950s!
The normally mild-mannered Rep. Benjamin Gilman, R-N.Y., chairman of the U.S. House International Relations Committee, blew his top, vowing to curtail all U.S. arms sales abroad until Clinton stops "undercutting Taiwan's national security." That brilliant move got the attention of the White House and Democrats.
Under the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, the United States gave its word to offer appropriate military assistance so Taiwan could meet its legitimate self-defense needs. It's good to see top congressional leaders pledging to keep our word -- with the result that, in recent days, Clinton appears to be backing away from anti-Taiwan talk.
Remember, Communist China openly says it views Free China as a "renegade province" that must be reunited with the mainland -- by force, if necessary. So the United States has both a moral and treaty obligation to stand with the free Chinese against tyranny -- no matter what this president and his pro-Beijing advisers may say.