Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A980-W632



Release Date: January 7, 2017



Topic: Exclusive Interview with Wei Jingsheng: Under the Rule of Donald Trump, Will the US-China Relationship Change? (Voice of America "Issues and Opinions" Program)



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Exclusive Interview with Wei Jingsheng: Under the Rule of Donald Trump, Will the US-China Relationship Change?

2016.12.22 22:52

-- Hosted by Paris Huang of VOA


Washington, DC --

Since Donald Trump was elected as the President of the United States, he has already triggered tension in the US-China relations even though he has not yet taken office, from the "Trump-Tsai Hotline" with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen to his accusation of China on Twitter by challenging the one-China policy and possibly having a trade conflict with China.  In addition to the angry response of the Chinese officials and the official Chinese media, Chinese ships also robbed an underwater drone of the US military.  Last Wednesday this week, China even made Taiwan lose another diplomatic tie with a country.


Wei Jingsheng, the chairman of the Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition, said that for any president in the United States, the United States has a responsibility to act as long as Taiwan is under threat.  The "Taiwan Relations Act" has clearly stated this intent.  For the Trump administration, an important task is to adjust the relationship of the United States with Taiwan and China, especially the trade relations with China.


Wei Jingsheng said that the United States could offer little help for Taiwan to join international organizations, because these organizations respect the autonomy of each country and it is not suitable for the United States to intervene.  Regarding China taking away one more country's diplomatic relationship with Taiwan, that can be interpreted the Chinese government's punishment of the Taiwan government, as well as a warning to the Trump administration after the phone talk between Trump and Tsai.  Wei Jingsheng thinks that Taiwan does not need to be too concerned of its diplomatic relationships with small countries.  He said that now that the economy in Mainland China has developed, it lets Taiwan keep diplomatic relationships with those twenty some countries only to use it for punishing Taiwan in the future.  He said that many developed countries, such as the United States and Japan, have substantial exchanges with Taiwan and Taiwan needs not to be too concerned with "nominal" issues.


Wei Jingsheng said that the Tsai Ing-wen administration will not keep a distance with Trump due to this matter.  Taiwan's security is largely supported by the United States.  Maintaining the peace of both sides across the Taiwan Strait by the United States will be continued in the future.  However, this issue may become a fuss by the opposition party in Taiwan in the future, which is a normal phenomenon in a democratic society.


Wei Jingsheng said that when Donald Trump called Tsai Ing-wen as the "President", he only spoke of the "reality" for more than a decade.  Taiwan as a political entity that maintains "quasi-diplomatic relations" with the United States is a fact.  Wei Jingsheng thinks that Taiwan has long been an independent political entity, and that it is not necessary to be too entangled with the issue in the name of a country.


After Tsai Ing-wen 's call to Donald Trump, the voice of Taiwan independence within Taiwan rose.  Wei Jingsheng said that the phone communication between Tsai and Trump is only the beginning for Trump to start "playing" his cards with China.  Other cards include the economy, Diaoyu Islands, the South China Sea, Tibet, Mongolia, Hong Kong independence, etc. in the hand of Donald Trump are lining up in dealing with China.


VOA Chinese Issues and Opinions program Youtube direct broadcasting viewer Jiao Einstein asked: "The Chinese Communist Party is good at making diplomatic relations with its business orders.  So if it gives a few big orders to Donald Trump, will it be assured that Trump will not talk about democracy and human rights problems in China and will no longer support Taiwan?  As the United States no longer wants to act as a world police, how will the overseas democracy movement continue to operate and help boost the democratic movement in Mainland China? "


Some activists also pointed out that in order to trade with China, from Bill Clinton, George W. Bush to the Obama administration, they all mainly cared about business instead of the issue of "democracy, freedom and human rights" in China, considered only as a politically correctness matter just like "a young monk chanting Buddhism scripts without sincerity to truly understand them from his own heart".  During the tweets by Donald Trump in defense of his call with Tsai Ing-wen, he only mentioned that Taiwan was buying weapons from the United States, instead of saying that Taiwan was a democracy; and what was wrong to talk with a president that was democratically elected?  Is it possible that after Trump is inaugurated, human rights issues may also become politically correctness as well, for talking about only?  Wei Jingsheng believes that the people of the United States enjoy freedom, democracy and human rights, so these people will force Trump to put pressure on China's human rights issues.


Wei Jingsheng said that the Obama administration did not deal with the Philippines issue well.  As a small country, the Philippines naturally dares not to have a military confrontation with China.  In this case, the Philippines needed to adjust its foreign policy in a substantial reform as a "new president" comes into office.  The Philippines is trying to strike a balance between China and the United States, rather than taking one side with China.


Wei Jingsheng said that the Chinese ship robbing the underwater drone of the US military is a "moderate provocation" against the United States.  This is the Xi Jinping government trying to test the bottom line during the power vacuum period as Obama is about to step down while Trump has yet come to power.


Mr. Huang from Guangdong, asked if Taiwan has no "nominal" state of diplomatic relations, how can it be "justifiable"?  Wei Jingsheng responded that Taiwan has actual diplomatic ties with many developed countries, and there is no such problem as no countries with so-called "diplomatic relations".  Taiwan does not need to value too much the nominal name, but can learn from the Communist regime years ago, when even though it did not have many official diplomatic relations, it still did its own thing in the way it should be done.


Wei Jingsheng said that Xi Jinping would threaten Taiwan with force, but in the near future there is no possibility of attacking Taiwan, because the United States cannot but intervene, especially as Donald Trump takes a tough policy toward China.  China knows its military cannot beat the United States, so it will not rush to initiate this conflict.


Wei Jingsheng said that there is no so-called "universal suffrage" in the United States, so it does not make sense to look at popular votes.  "Electoral votes" is the key point.  The "Electoral College System" in the United States was designed by its Founding Fathers to cater to the rights and interests of the small states with less population.  The election of electors in the United States is the election of ordinary people.  Yet, half of the electoral committees in Hong Kong are appointed by Chinese government, so naturally the elected chief executive of Hong Kong will be the candidate of the Chinese Communist Party.  Therefore, the people of Hong Kong are fighting for "universal suffrage", which is a totally different case to be compared with the elections in the USA.


Wei Jingsheng said that the Communist Party has often used "the one China policy has been recognized around the world" as a propaganda trick.  In fact, the Shanghai Communiqué only states that it "acknowledged" that all Chinese (of the Chiang Kai-shek's government and the Mao Zedong government) on both sides of the Taiwan Strait all had their respective "one China" position, and it respects that and "does not challenge that".  Now as one of the two sides of the strait no longer agrees with the so-called "one China", this position will be respected as well.  Wei Jingsheng said: "The reality is that there are two governments, or you could say there are two countries.  Taiwan is a political entity, and it is impossible to use force to destroy it."


Wei Jingsheng said that China has been putting pressure on US companies, to tighten foreign companies, but this is only a scary approach against the USA by Xi Jinping's government.  In the hands of the United States is the "market."  So if a trade war really started, the collapsed will be Xi Jinping's government, so the Chinese Communist regime will not act rashly.



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Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A980-W632



Release Date: January 7, 2017



Topic: Exclusive Interview with Wei Jingsheng: Under the Rule of Donald Trump, Will the US-China Relationship Change? (Voice of America "Issues and Opinions" Program)



Original Language Version: Chinese (Chinese version at the end)











2016.12.22 22:52 

-- 美国之音黄耀毅主持


华盛顿 - 







魏京生说, 蔡英文政府不会因为这件事与川普保持距离。台湾的安全很大部分是靠美国支撑,由美国维持两岸的和平,未来也会延续下去。不过这个议题未来可能被台湾的反对党拿来作文章,这在民主社会是正常现象。








也有活动人士指出,为了与中国贸易,从克林顿,小布什到奥巴马政府,对于中国的"民主自由人权"议题,都只是政治正确,如小和尚念经有口无心,还是以作生意为主。川普在捍卫自己与蔡英文通话的推当中,只提到台湾向美国买武器,却不是说台湾是个民主政体,跟民主选出的总统通话有何不对。是否可能川普执政之后,人权议题也可能成为政治正确,说说而已? 魏京生认为,美国人民享有自由民主人权,所以人民会逼迫川普,对中国的人权问题施压。







































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