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Secretary of State Colin Powell told Phoenix Television in Hong-King: "There is only one China. Taiwan is not independent. It does not enjoy sovereignty as a nation, and that remains our policy, our firm policy," (from Powell's China Comments Anger Taiwanese ).

Considering our origins, it's funny how the United States doesn't have a great track record for supporting people who want to come out from under other-government rule to form their own nation. Think back to the Civil War. While warring with any nation with the intention of stopping the practice of slavery might be justified, military action for the sake of forcing a government's control on people who don't accept it is not.

And China is a communist country too - what happened to our intense aversion of communism? It may have gone overboard at times, but communism is just as despicable as ever (not that democracy is all that great, but I'd pick it over communism).

I realize, of course, that being buddies with China is good for the U.S. - the economy, anyway. Hordes of factory workers willing to accept low wages help keep our prices down. But if we have to support China to the point of supporting their forcible subjugation of people who don't want a communist government and don't want to be part of China, there's a problem.

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