China Lines Them Up

by Nathan Hamm on 3/15/2005 · 4 comments

Supporters that is.

I’m not particularly worried by China’s latest unification flexing. These things come and go. I did find it a bit peculiar that both Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan both made statements in support of China’s policy on Taiwan at the same time. Just seemed weird to me, but these things come and go too.

Simon points out a handful of other states making similar statements as well.

I’m not the China watcher I used to be, but are they passing a book around for comments of support among the diplomatic corps in Beijing or something? Because, you know, an anti-secession law seems like a weird thing to generate so much sentiment – even with these kinds of governments.


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Robert Mayer March 16, 2005 at 7:48 am

I found it funny too. Thoguh I did notice a number of the nations taking this position have slight secessionist problems themselves. Iraq, for example, recently announced support, which I think may be a hint-hint to the Kurds.

Hulegu March 16, 2005 at 9:10 am

Hmmm. It might have something to do with the Shanghai Co-operation Organization (SCO), where internal security threats to member states (real or otherwise) are treated as seriously as external threats e.g. secession, terrorism, anti-government movements etc. This sounds like a case of strategic sucking up – apparently the SCO has a waiting-list: Azerbaijan might be on it.

Nathan March 16, 2005 at 9:13 am

That was my first though, but it looks like more to me. The link to Simon lists a number of countries for which the SCO makes no difference.

It certainly is sucking up though.

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