Bauer Warns of Chinese Attack on Taiwan

By Jerry Miller | July 7, 2008 | 8:24 PM EDT

Amherst, NH ( - Characterizing the Clinton Administration's China policy as "appeasement," Republican presidential hopeful Gary Bauer warned of a possible and imminent attack by China against Taiwan.

During a Labor Day swing through New Hampshire, Bauer said, "It's a 50-50 possibility that in the next eight weeks, mainland China can move on Taiwan."

Bauer told that the basis for his warning stems from recent meetings he's held with Chinese dissidents and unnamed sources in the American military, whom he described as friends.

Bauer said his sources informed him that Chinese troops and aircraft have been relocated, with troops headed toward the coast. He also said the Chinese government would soon observe several symbolic events, which might spark military action.

Criticizing the Clinton Administration for its China policy and so called "Wall Street Republicans" for their willingness to ignore that nation's human rights abuses, Bauer said, "The dictators in Beijing could be misreading the situation," in this country, concerning military action against Taiwan.

According to the former Reagan Administration domestic policy advisor, the Chinese government is also engaged in another "brutal crackdown on their own people," as part of a program of repression, which has been on going in recent weeks.

Concerning the administration's policy toward China, including allegations of nuclear spying on this country, the sale of technology to the Chinese and the granting of Most Favored Nation trade status, Bauer said, "There is a pattern of behavior in Washington, that in other events, would have stimulated an investigation."

Bauer also accused the Chinese of making "sweetheart deals" with the government of Panama over leasing the Panama Canal, and said the leases, which could allow the Chinese to store weapons there, raise serious concerns about possible threats to US national security.