Here comes Wen Jiabao (pron. “one jee-ah bow,” the “j” tending towards a
“dz” and the “bow” rhyming with “cow.”) Mr. Wen is Prime Minister of China,
and he is here to talk with the administration about Taiwan, trade, and the
Norks, probably in that order.
WHAT WE HAVE THAT HE WANTS:
–Leverage with Taiwan.
–Customers for China’s manufacturers of textiles, electronics, light
–Leverage with Japan (which the ChiComs fear may be contemplating going
WHAT HE HAS THAT WE WANT:
–Leverage with the Norks.
–Customers for US planes, cars, farm products.
–Control over Chinese missile-parts sales to third countries (esp. Iran).
–Control of the ChiCom military (we hope…)
–Influence in Central Asia, where we now have friends.
The big date for the ChiComs is 2008, when the Beijing Olympics take place.
The Olympics are critical to the CP for continued legitimacy with their
people. Their nightmare is that Taiwan declares independence 6 months
before the Olympics. There are probably elements in the military command
pressing for action now, so that the outrage will have blown over by 2008.