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One-China Syndrome

The self-deception that believes the lies about Taiwan.

Sep 3, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 47 • By CHARLES HORNER
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Even Shelley Rigger tends to get caught up in Newspeak and its cant of “peaceful reunification over the long term.” This piety evades the source of the problem: China’s one-party dictatorship. The dictatorship speaks ritualistically of “peace” and “stability,” but China itself is the real threat—the sole threat—to both. The better formulation is “no peaceful association without prior cross-strait democratization,” not least because it also allows us to write Asia’s three great stories as one.

Charles Horner, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, is the author of Rising China and Its Postmodern Fate.