CHINESE GOVERNMENT IS NOT SUPPORTING THE TALIBAN WITH TROOPS
STORIES INTENDED TO FRIGHTEN THE RIGHT ARE DISINFORMATION
[© Copyright 2001, Michael C. Ruppert and
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1200 PDT - Recent news stories circulating widely on the
Internet and targeted at conservative U.S.
interest groups, indicating that the Government of China
(GOC) is actively supporting the Taliban and providing troops
to assist Taliban and al'Queda fighters are false. China,
which gained admittance to the World Trade Organization
just two days after the September 11 attacks on the World
and the Pentagon, is a full partner in globalization and
has an essential and vested interest in seeing US
war and economic plans succeed. Further, US
economic influence in China,
the world's largest global market, is currently controlling
political and military events as China
faces a massive energy crisis that only US companies can
An analysis of China's
economic relations with the United
States reveals the overriding
reasons for a Chinese/US alliance and gives the lie to recent
stories published by the Debka news organization which are
designed to instill fear in the US
public and divert attention away from US
government covert economic, drug smuggling and military
operations in the region.
As reprinted by the
conservative World Net Daily on October 22 the Debka Intelligence
published a story entitled "Chinese fighters killed in U.S.
strikes." That story reported that, "Military sources in
Dushnabe and Bishbeck, capitals of Tajikistan
respectively, report at least 15 Chinese fighting men on
the side of the Taliban, were killed in last week's U.S.
bombing over Kandahar'"
The story continues
to state that Osama bin Laden aide Basir al Masri - now
reportedly deceased - enjoyed the protection of at least
10 Chinese bodyguards, some of whom were reportedly killed
in recent U.S. air attacks. The Debka report, using selected
quotes from British and American papers, including the Washington
Post - which has long-documented affiliations with the Central
Intelligence Agency - refers to prior stories indicating
that the GOC has established intelligence and funding relationships
with the Taliban in recent years. It quotes one Washington
Post story as stating that Beijing
and the Taliban signed a memorandum of understanding on
September 11 for greater economic and military cooperation.
fail to take into account a gift of $43 million to the Taliban
from Secretary of State Colin Powell last May, or the fact
that, through the Pakistani intelligence service, the ISI,
the CIA has continually provided aid to the Taliban virtually
up until the moment of the September 11 attacks.
The implication of
this story, especially when combined with previous Debka
stories claiming massive Chinese troop deployments in and
is that the United States
is potentially facing a direct military confrontation with
Nothing could be further from the truth.
In spite of the fact
that one additional October 22 story from the Hindustani
Times states that "Taliban Commander-in-Chief Jalaluddin
Haqquani has claimed that the militia was 'in touch' with
which was assisting in the war against the U.S," there remains
no credible evidence of such Chinese involvement. In fact,
a simple examination of the economic interdependence of
makes such conclusions totally unbelievable.
With more than 1.3
billion citizens China
represents the world's largest untapped marketplace, both
for oil and for consumer goods. Not only is the economic
future of major U.S.
corporations dependent upon continued access to Chinese
markets, the Chinese economy - as demonstrated by its relentless
15-year effort to gain access to WTO - is as dependent upon
investment and economic assistance. China
was swiftly admitted to the WTO on September 13.
There's an old saying
that in a ham and eggs breakfast, the chicken is involved
but the pig is committed. Many major U.S.
corporations are totally committed to ongoing business relations
and the Chinese government. This was demonstrated by China's
hosting of the recent APEC conference in Shanghai.
is in dire need of continued investment and operations from
based companies. This was a matter of pre-eminent concern
to George W. Bush during the conference and is also reflective
of the Bush family's long-standing business interests in
According to the
U.S-China Business Council (USCBC) (www.uschina.org), new foreign direct investment
in 2000 alone equaled some $62.66 billion US. This represented
a 50.8% increase over 1999. Major U.S. corporations with
active investments in China
include: Federal Express, Honeywell, Corning,
Ford, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Halliburton, AIG, Nortel, Microsoft,
FMC, Cargill, Xerox (which, according to the Wall Street
Journal, is moving it manufacturing operations to China),
Chubb and Emerson Electric.
In the first quarter
of 2001 alone, according to the USCBC, selected US
exports to China
rose by the following percentages: power generation equipment
(+48%); electrical machinery & equipment (+17.3%); air
and spacecraft (+113.7%); iron and steel (+88.5%). Total
trade with China
is expected to top $107 billion in 2001.
Group (AIG), which manages the second largest pool of investment
capital in the world, has approximately 40% of its business
operations centered in or around China. AIG began its history
as an American owned Chinese insurance company, the C.V.
Starr Company. (See FTW, Vol. IV, No. 5 - August 14, 2001)
Outgoing USCBC President
Robert Knapp, in text prepared, apparently within hours
of the WTC attacks and China's admission to the WTO, issued
a press release stating, "'The WTO negotiations have consumed
fifteen years,'" Knapp pointed out, ' but they are now crowned
with success' Never has the need for cooperation between
the United States and China, both bilaterally and in the
multilateral environment, been clearer. The two countries
must now work together, intensely and in good faith, to
ensure that both nations realize the maximum benefits from
China's WTO participation.'"
Nowhere is China's
dependence upon the United States more clearly demonstrated
than its need for oil and gas to continue its economic expansion.
As discussed - with full sourcing - in the Oct. 15 issue
of From The Wilderness (FTW), the Unocal Corporation has
resumed long-standing plans for the construction of a trans-Afghani
pipeline system to transport oil and gas from the Central
Asian republics to the Pakistani coast for sale to China
and Japan. This 1500-mile pipeline from the oil and gas-rich
regions of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan
is the only feasible way to transport oil and gas to China,
which is heavily dependent upon imported oil and gas.
China cannot build
a pipeline across Asia for two reasons.
First, the construction
of a nearly 4,000-mile pipeline across the northern end
of the Himalayas and through the mountains regions of Central
China would take decades and is beyond China's technical
abilities. The construction expertise of companies like
Halliburton - who's CEO until 2000 was Dick Cheney - is
Second, China has
its own Muslim insurgency in the Uighur region. Islamic
fundamentalists there have been trained by the Taliban and
are fighting their own campaign for an independent Islamic
state. This region is in the Himalayas; just bordering the
Central Asian republics and any construction undertaken
there would, of necessity, demand a two-front battle against
terrorists bent on destroying the pipeline and the forbidding
terrain as well.
As reported in the
Oct. 15 issue of FTW, "Although Unocal ostensibly abandoned
the project the next year, things have changed since September
11th. An October 10 story from the Pakistani newspaper,
The Frontier Post, opened with: 'The US ambassador to Pakistan,
Wendy Chamberlain, paid a courtesy call on the Federal Minister
for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Usman Aminuddin here
Tuesday and discussed with him matters pertaining to Pak-US
cooperation in the oil and gas sector.'
"In a later paragraph
the story said, 'Usman Aminuddin also briefed the Ambassador
on the proposed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan gas pipeline
project and said that this project opens up new avenues
of multi-dimensional regional cooperation particularly in
view of the recent geo-political developments in the region.'
A Reasonable Explanation
There may be a few
ethnic Chinese fighting with the Taliban but they are most
certainly Uighur Muslims and not PLA Chinese troops. Remember
that during the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s Americans
formed volunteer fighting units that fought on both sides
of that conflict. That did not mean that the U.S. government
had endorsed either side.
The Debka reports
are dubious and highly suspect as to their intent. WorldNet
Daily, which has a well-deserved reputation for solid journalistic
standards, should be careful of risking its credibility
by republishing such outrageous and unfounded stories. Such
stories can and have had the effect of distracting attention
from important debate and increasing fear levels in selected
groups. And as fear increases, logical, relevant and essential
analysis goes out the window.