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Joe Biden's visit more than a courtesy call


08:49, August 19, 2011

UNDER the shadow of US debt and noises about arms sales to Taiwan, US Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in China for a six-day visit, through next Monday.

Chinese analysts expect Biden's China tour, which began yesterday, to add to the momentum started by President Hu Jintao's state visit to the United States early this year.

During Hu's US visit in January, both countries committed to building a cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and benefits. Hu's visit to the United States got bilateral ties back on track and triggered a number of interactions between high-ranking officials from the world's two largest economies.

Now, the question is: will Biden's six-day visit to China erect a sea wall for bilateral ties so they can't be badly impacted by the looming election campaign in the United States?

History shows that China-related issues are easy targets for US politicians from both political parties and the bilateral relationship tends to fall prey to their mud-slinging. The issue of US arms sales to Taiwan is a tool often used by some lawmakers to make noises and catch attention.

The 2012 general election will likely be no exception. Some US lawmakers have started lobbying and pressuring the Obama administration to sell F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan. Media reports say that the US government will announce its decision by October 1.

"As a renowned US statesman, Biden is clear about the Taiwan issue as well as the bilateral ties between China and the United States," said Yuan Peng, a scholar with the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations.

Biden was elected as senator for the first time in 1972 and visited China in 1979 and 2001. Biden arrived in Beijing yesterday, coincidentally the 29th anniversary of signing of the "August 17 Communique."

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AussieLouis at 2011-08-2258.170.134.*
Its a matter of time when the Taiwanese 'dong pau' decided that they are brothers and sisters with the mainland and show the US plane to the mainland. Does the US ever think about this possibility?
Hammad Sethi at 2011-08-2178.144.219.*
If we closely look at what is happening in Europe at this time, it is needless to say that, USA, France, and Germany were always allies working to build a White Catholic Empire for the Vatican. The so-called First World War finished-off the Ottoman Empire, the so-called Second World War finished-off the British Empire, and the so-called Cold War finished-off the Russian Empire. It is very obvious that these wars were only always against the Muslims, the Protestants, the Church of England, and the Russian Orthodox Church. Now USA and European Union are left alone to build an Empire for the Vatican in Europe and North America. What I am trying to say is that if we think about the amount of people that have lost their lives in this process, and the amount of people that have lost their lives since the inception of United Nations, in the name of secularism, respect for human rights, democracy and freedom, it gives us a rough idea about what kind of a devious, ruthless, and merciless religious power Vatican really is. USA is nobody’s friend. USA only cares about Vatican’s interests. USA is the biggest terrorist thug in the world. USA will deceive anybody, kill anybody, destroy any country, carryout the worst genocide, commit any crime, in the name of secularism, respect for human rights, democracy, and freedom; just to please the Vatican and to secure white Catholic interests. Vatican wants complete White Catholic dominance of the world, and USA will do anything to achieve that goal.
Anthony at 2011-08-2199.251.111.*
If any weapons are sold to Taiwan by the US, China will have to retaliate this time.

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