Tue, Aug 31, 2004 - Page 8 News List

A vote for "Taiwan ROC"

By Rao Kok-sian

Your report on Vice President Annette Lu's (呂秀蓮) proposed name for the country, "Taiwan ROC," reflects the reality that any name change will cause tensions between China and Taiwan. Taiwan ROC is not a change to the current condition (status quo). Rather, it represents the identity of all of the people who live in this country.

Some people argue that Taiwan is not the ROC. The reality is that Taiwan has been the ROC for the past 60 years, even before there was a People's Republic of China. The ROC is certainly not perfect and has had many faults. Nevertheless, Taiwanese people have changed, reformed and repaired this ROC and will continue to do so whenever it suits people's needs. I for one will support the adaptation of "Taiwan ROC."

Those who do not agree that Taiwan is the ROC can always drop the last two letters, and just use "Taiwan Republic."

Rao kok-sian


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