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Korean War Saved Taiwan from Chinese Aggression

 

"The U.S. didn't want to continue to supply Taiwan or Penghu. But the Korean War marked a significant change in U.S. policy The forgotten war propped up the Republic of China government-in-exile."

 

-- Chen Yi-shen (陳儀深), president of the Taiwan Association of University Professors

 

By Vincent Y. Chao

 

June 25, 2010

 

Taiwan - Taipei Times - Original Article (English)

 

Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, the man who lost China to the communists and fled to Taiwan: If it wasn't for the onset of the Korean War and the a sharp change in U.S. policy, he and his regime may not have survived.

 

BBC NEWS VIDEO: An American photographer describes covering the Korean War, June 25, 00:04:07RealVideo

On June 27, 1950, two days after North Korea invaded the south, U.S. president Harry Truman dispatched the U.S. Seventh Fleet to the Taiwan Strait to protect Taiwan and prevent a Chinese invasion.

 

That move 60 years ago not only set the stage for American assistance to Taiwan over the following two decades, but it helped stabilize Taiwan's economy, allowing it to quickly develop into one of Asia's fastest growing.

 

While Taiwan's military didn't participate in the conflict - despite offers to do so by dictator Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) - academics and Korean experts said in Taipei yesterday that it was a defining moment for the country, which was still threatened by Chinese aggression.

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"The U.S. didn't want to continue to supply Taiwan or Penghu. But the Korean War marked a significant change in U.S. policy," said Chen Yi-shen (陳儀深), president of the Taiwan Association of University Professors. "The forgotten war ... propped up the Republic of China government-in-exile."

 

Following China's entry into the war in October 1950, the Peoples Liberation Army reorganized its Taiwan invasion force into the Northeast Frontier Force and subsequently into the People's Volunteer Army, which was then sent into the Korean peninsula.

 

"It can be said that the [Korean] conflict was beneficial to Taiwan ... it protected Taiwan from communization due to an invasion from China," said Rick Chu (朱立熙) a Korea expert and founder of the Taiwan-based Korean Studies Academy.

 

Six decades later, the Korean War continues to offer valuable lessons in light of a burgeoning cross-strait relationship, said Paul Lin (林保華), a political commentator and researcher who specializes in Chinese Communist Party history.

 

Lin, who grew up in China during the period, said that Chinese history books say that after the war, the U.S. and South Korea, which they claim initiated the conflict, lost the war in the face of Chinese participation, suffering millions of casualties.

 

"It is a complete distortion of history. It shows China's continued willingness to distort history through media and through education," he said. "But some people in Taiwan continue to ignore the nature of China."

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Remarking that China has never given up its ambition to unify Taiwan by force if necessary, Lin added that, "The danger posed by China to Taiwan hasn't changed a bit."

 

"Before, they wanted unification with Taiwan through the use of weapons, but now they want to use the economy They want to trick Taiwan into signing the economic cooperation framework agreement."

 

William Kao (高為邦), who used to head the Victims of Investment in China Association, said that through the off-shoring of Taiwanese businesses and industries to China, which could accelerate with the signing of an ECFA, this has become increasingly apparent.

 

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[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US June 25, 6:50pm]

 

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