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China's threat means NUC must go

By Chang Chin-liang, Lee Jong-song and Kenneth Hsu 張清良, 李鐘

Should the National Unification Council (NUC) and its guidelines be abolished? To answer this question, it is necessary to examine the purpose of the NUC and its guidelines. If they are not beneficial to the people of Taiwan and to world peace, or if China is clearly threatening to take over Taiwan by force or subversive means, then they should be abolished outright.

The status quo is that Taiwan is a sovereign nation. China should not try to take over Taiwan by force or by any subversive means in the name of unification. Therefore, abolishing the NUC and its guidelines does not affect the status quo. In fact, it is a necessary step to protect Taiwan from being annexed by China.

Over the past five years, China has not shown any self-restraint in its military threat to Taiwan. It continues to deploy missiles along its coast opposite Taiwan and passed its "Anti-Secession" Law, even though Taiwan has never been a part of China. Most people in Taiwan, including President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), are increasingly convinced that China's military buildup and its 700-plus missiles pointed at Taiwan represent a de facto erosion of the status quo.

The NUC is like an ad hoc committee set up to explore whether or not unification is an option. It is not a legitimate Taiwanese government organization and has no legal standing. Its guidelines are not laws passed by the Legislative Yuan. It can only make recommendations, which have to be approved by the people of Taiwan in a referendum. Independence and unification are options for the 23 million Taiwanese people to decide.

This article examines whether unification would be good or bad for the people of Taiwan.

The Treaty of Shimonoseki of 1895 made Taiwan a de jure part of Japan. After surrendering at the end of World War II, Japan renounced all rights to Taiwan in the San Francisco Treaty in 1951 and the Treaty of Taipei of 1952, without naming an explicit recipient. Therefore, the sovereignty of Taiwan belongs to its people.

Since 1949, China and Taiwan have been two separate states with a special diplomatic, cultural and historic relationship. The unification issue comes up because of this special relationship. Frankly, this relationship has never been good, as China has persisted in threatening Taiwan with military force and blocking its entry into international organizations such as the UN and the World Health Organization.

When two nations are unified, one has to ask if the unification is good for the people of both nations. It is always certain that the more advanced and developed part will take over the other part. Take the unification of West Germany and East Germany as an example: West Germany was much more advanced politically and economically than East Germany. West Germany was a democratic, free and prosperous nation. Therefore, when West Germany and East Germany were unified, the former naturally took charge, and the unified Germany adopted all the political and economic systems of West Germany.

Texas was at one time an independent nation called the Republic of Texas. It was unified (joined, to be more precise) with the US because it believed that the latter had an excellent Constitution for its people in terms of liberty, human rights, democracy and economic prosperity.

Politically backward

In the case of Taiwan and China, the situation is totally different. China is still politically a very backward nation; it is constitutionally a communist dictatorship and suppresses all dissenting voices. China is a totalitarian communist country where people do not have freedom, where democracy does not exist, and where the human rights record is dismal. Since the Chinese Communist Party defeated the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) in China, at least 35,236,000 Chinese citizens have been killed by communist China through the early years of "totalitarianism", the Great Leap Forward, the Commune Village, and Liberalization through 1987 (Source: China's Bloody Century, by R.J. Rummel.)

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