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Week of August 2, 2002

Week of August 2, 2002

The U.S. and China This Week

CROSS-STRAIT RELATIONS: PLA 75th Anniversary Marked my Fresh Threats to Taiwan

China's army marked its 75 years of existence on Thursday by threatening to retake Taiwan by force, state media reported. Chi Haotian, China's defense minister, spoke out at a reception in Beijing's Great Hall of the People the night before the anniversary with a warning that any attempt to push for independence by Taiwan would be doomed to failure. "We have the determination and capability to safe guard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity," Chi said. "We should step up military training with high-tech weapons and equipment and enhance the troop's combat readiness under high-tech conditions."

Taiwan's President, Chen Shuibian, earlier in the week was reported as saying that Taiwan would not alter it status quo relationship with China. But he did warn that China's refusal to give up the use of force to retake the island and its continued efforts to internationally squeeze Taiwan was pushing the two sides further apart. "Since I assumed the posting as the president in 2000, I have repeatedly delivered olive branches to Beijing on behalf of the government and people," Chen said "but, it's a pity that Beijing authorities have failed to understand the feelings of the Taiwan people."

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DOMESTIC: China Becomes Second in Web, PC Market 

With ongoing economic growth and an explosion in electronics, China surpassed Japan to become the world's second most active global Internet audience, while its personal computer market is expected to overtake Japan later this year. According to WebSideStory, Inc. China accounted for 6.63 percent of all Web traffic in July, followed by Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Germany. It is suggested, however, that China has less localized Internet content, forcing users to search globally, while Japan is more self contained online.

Separately as Japan continues to stagnate, China is expected to overtake its neighbor in terms of the number of personal computer units shipped to customers in either market. According to the China Internet Network Information Center there was an increase of 12 million new users in China in the first part of this year, for a total of 45.8 million users. However, while analysts agree that China's numerical dominance is inevitable, overall spending on technology in China remains far below the levels in Japan, the U.S. and other European countries.

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