posted on Jul, 9 2004 @ 05:40 PM
(This is copied from my post in response to the 7 Carrier Groups...)
First of all, the whole issue about Taiwan's independence is illogical. The Republic of China (which is still Taiwan's official name) was founded in
1911 on the Mainland and its existance continues uninterrupted till today (same flag, same constitution, etc.). In 1945 it took back Taiwan from Japan
after 51 years of occupation. Communists won the civil war in 1949 and the ROC government fled to Taiwan and fought off (with American help, of
course), an invasion attempt. The Communist regime's name is officially People's Republic of China (PRC).
Because ROC came before PRC and PRC won the civil war, PRC should declare independence from ROC just as USA declared independence from the UK. Size
doesn't matter; date of official establishment does.
Do people on Taiwan want to rejoin China? All want to live in a free society, and China is definitely not free. Most are too scared to say it out loud
because of China's threat of military invasion. China had a chance to show the Taiwanese people that it can tolerate freedom when it promised "One
Country, Two Systems" to Hong Kong, but it totally blew it. Watch HK people's periodic protests and you know they sure don't feel free. China has
isolated Taiwan diplomatically -- Taiwan is not even represented in the WHO and WHO had to get China's permission so it could send a few experts to
help Taiwan deal with SARS in 2003. How would you feel if you are Taiwanese? Do you sense "love" and "concern" from the Mainlanders?