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For centuries, Taiwan has been ruled by alien regimes. Modern Taiwanese
history is a chronicle of the Taiwanese' struggles against oppression and
fight for independent survival. Since 1945, Taiwan under the Kuomintang
(KMT) regime has been subject to the threat of China's invasion. Even
though recently the tensions across the Straits of Taiwan has loosened
gradually, to Taiwanese, the unification policy stressed by both the KMT
regime and the Chinese government still poses a grave danger of a forced
and forcible merger with China.
On August 31, 1993, the People's Republic of China issued a
document titled, "The Taiwan Question and the Reunification of China."
Circulating in seven languages, this diplomatic white paper manifested its
intent and ambition of annexing Taiwan through its distortion of history,
misconstruction of international law and treaties, and disregard for the
will and welfare of the Taiwanese. Though less dogmatic and more pragmatic
than before, the KMT's response remains ambiguous and problematic: the KMT
still insists that the Communist regime cannot legitimately represent
China, while emphasizing its own capability of resolving this "Chinese
problem" eventually. Under such circumstances, we think it necessary to
explicate our point of view from the perspective of the Taiwanese.
China released a paper that states that "Peaceful Unification" and
"One Country, Two Systems" are the basic principles of its Taiwan policy.
The paper lists four guidelines: one China, coexistence of two systems,
extensive autonomy, and peaceful negotiation. China warns that the Taiwan
question is a purely domestic issue and thus to be solved under the
premise of "One China." It further pronounces that peaceful unification is
a fixed policy of the Chinese government. However, this government will
reserve the right to take all action necessary, including military action,
to protect its territorial integrity and governing authority. As a note
directed at foreign states, the paper delivers its intention to keep out
foreign intervention. "The Chinese government is not obliged to any
foreign country and makes no promise whatsoever."
In our opinion, the Chinese assumption and interpretation of the
Taiwan issue are extremely absurd. Taiwan by no means is a part of the
People's Republic of China, whether from the perspective of history,
international law, or reality. This being the case, what position does the
PRC have to formulate the "peaceful unification, one China" policy which
aims at devouring Taiwan? China's chauvinistic ambitions are clearly
manifested in light of this.
The paper further contends that the status quo, i.e. separation,
is most unfortunate to the Chinese people; every Chinese yearns for this
grievous separation to end. This is one-sided and biased. The Chinese
administration should know better that its adversary is the KMT, not the
Taiwanese. If it were not for the KMT's defeat by the communists, Taiwan
would not have been subjugated to the KMT's reign of terror for over forty
years - most unfortunate to the Taiwanese. Furthermore, if China takes
notice of the humiliation the Taiwanese feel under the KMT's colonial
rule, it should know that the Taiwanese will not allow anything similar to
happen again: not another alien Chinese regime. Thus, what the paper
claims, that "Taiwanese pervasively desire for unification" and that "the
majority of powerful political figures in Taiwan hold the belief in
unification," merely reveals how ignorant China is about the will of the
Taiwanese. While we think it pathetic of China to make up suc!
h a lie, it also makes us seriously suspect what ill intention is really
behind all this.
China's address to the Taiwan issue is prevailingly inconsistent.
On one hand, it acknowledges the rightful demand of the Taiwanese for the
jurisdiction of self-rule; on the other hand, it refuses to see such
jurisdiction as "independence." Would China be able to retain its
sovereignty were it not an independent country? How is it possible for the
Taiwanese to have jurisdiction of self-rule, i.e. sovereignty, if Taiwan
is not an independent nation?
The paper delivers the gravest insult to Taiwanese by alleging
that "Taiwan's independence movement is a sell-out to foreign countries
that hope to see a divided China." It even forewarns that China will not
simply sit and watch the occurrence of any action that may possible lead
to Taiwan's independence. We are telling the Chinese government now: the
right to pursue the founding of an independent country is an inalienable
right that the Taiwanese are entitled to; all people with dignity deserve
this right. In our fight for an independent state of Taiwan, we need and
welcome international support. Such support is the major force to ensure
justice and peace in the international community. By voicing its threat,
China not only expounds its disrespect for moral courage
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Taiwan, Asia, Cross-Strait relations, Politics of Taiwan, Politics of China, Taiwanese culture, Republics, Chinese unification, One-China policy, Kuomintang, Anti-Secession Law, Taiwanese identity
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