President Bush visited his good ally and friend Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi yesterday. The BBC World News reports that Mr. Bush stressed:
President Bush also took the occasion to hint at his position with the Chinese as he gets ready to visit the country after visiting South Korea. The Financial Times reports:
"Bush cited the communist country as an example of a society that has taken steps toward freedom 'but they have not yet completed the journey.'
He painted a different picture of Taiwan, which China claims. However, Bush reiterated the U.S. 'one-China' policy.
'Modern Taiwan is free and democratic and prosperous. By embracing freedom at all levels, Taiwan has delivered prosperity to its people and created a free and democratic Chinese society,' Bush said in prepared remarks for a speech in Kyoto."
President Bush, while affirming the "One-China" policy, also held out Taiwan as a model of what America would like to see the Chinese economy and political structure emulate. On the issue of defending Taiwan, the President was adamant, and said he would do "whatever it takes" to defend the Chinese island. The President did have harsher comments for Myanmar and North Korea.
"Bush had tough words for North Korea and Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, and said that unlike China they had 'not taken even the first steps toward freedom.'
He criticized 'widespread' abuses by the Burmese military, saying they include 'rape, torture, execution and forced relocation.'
Bush cited satellite pictures showing prison camps in North Korea 'the size of whole cities' and said the country’s pursuit of nuclear weapons threatened to destabilise the region."
It is important to note that President Bush is pursuing a policy of exposing the massive human rights violations of these rogue nations.