Renewed Tension between China and Taiwan

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When the Communist Party took control of China in 1949, the previous government fled to the island of Taiwan. Since then, Taiwan has become a capitalist democracy, but with economic ties to the mainland so strong that commercial air travel has recently been established between Beijing and Taipei. China still considers Formosa a renegade province, and this week, passed what the -anti-secession law,- declaring that it will resort to war against Taiwan if the movement toward formal independence grows too strong. As Condoleezza Rice tours Asia with a planned stop in Beijing, we speak with historians, economists, China experts from the Carter Center and Formosa Foundation and former US Ambassador James Lilley about Taiwan's move toward independence, China's threat of war, and what it all means for the US and its relations with Europe.
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Christian Science Monitor article on Kurdish-Shiite gridlock in Iraq

China's Anti-Secession Law (China Daily translation)

President Chen's Six-Point Statement on China's "Anti-separation Law"

Joint Statement of President Chen and Chairman Soong

Secretary Rice's trip to Asia

BBC article on child porn sting in Spain

FBI on online child pornography



Warren Olney