Fri, Feb 23, 2001 - Page 13 News List

'Chinese Confederation' versus 'One China'

By Lee Chang-kuei 李長貴

The declaration demonstrates the CCP's realization that the one China principle is incapable of resolving the constitutional and political problems existing between the two countries. Therefore, the recent version of one China announced by Qian is actually a restatement of Lee Teng-hui's (李登輝) "one China, with two equal political regimes" announced in the early 1990s. This is by far the most pragmatic view of the ROC by the PRC.

The ROC was the government of China between 1912 to 1949, and the government of the rump ROC territory remaining under its jurisdiction -- Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu -- for 52 years from 1949 until now. After its establishment in 1949, the PRC has neither ruled nor forcibly taken over any part of Taiwan. So, Taiwanese and Chinese sovereignty are separate and the sovereignty of the geographical entity known as China before 1949 is divided.

Under the circumstances, the CCP's imposition of its one China principle on Taiwan, "one China, peaceful unification," and, in the event that this does not work, the threat to use force, has provoked even more resentment on the part of the Taiwanese people.

In 1995, Jiang Zemin declared eight points in which "Chinese do not fight Chinese" was given as the supreme guideline for unification propaganda toward Taiwan. However, during Taiwan's 1996 presidential election campaign, CCP missile drills targeted waters just outside the ports of Keelung and Kaohsiung. So tense was the military situation the the US felt compelled to send two carrier battle groups to the vicinity of the Taiwan Strait. The People's Liberation Army's threat to attack Taiwan generated huge resentment toward the one China principle, devastating China's idea of a unification strategy based on nationalist sentiment.

Since then the PRC has set up 200 to 300 short-range missiles along the coast of Fujian Province. The PRC has also purchased large quantities of advanced weapons, naval vessels, submarines, and fighter jets in preparation for an attack against Taiwan within the next 10 years, apparently showing that "Chinese do not fight Chinese" is nothing but a slogan.

After the handover of Hong Kong to China, the implementation of "one country, two systems" has been proven a failure. Selling Hong Kong's experience in the "one country, two systems" model under which Taiwan would become just a special administrative region is simply unacceptable to the people of Taiwan.

Jiang Zemin's unification gimmick of "unifying China with Chinese culture" is based on nationalism. Just look at how the CCP has ruled China in the past 50 years, victimizing its own people, and liquidating its own members. The KMT loudly broadcast slogans about Chinese culture when it first arrived in Taiwan, but the 228 Incident, the subsequent white terror, and the KMT's one-party totalitarianism gave Chinese culture a bad name among people in Taiwan.

The past 100 years is a page of painful memories for the people of Taiwan. Although developed by immigrants from China with, at that time, strong attachments to what they saw as their mother country, Taiwan was given away to Japan. After the end of World War II, the Taiwanese looked forward to returning to bosom of Chinese culture, yet were first raped by the KMT's carpetbaggers then imprisoned by the Chiang regime for 38 years.

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