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During this period, the US, Canada, Australia and India became independent from the UK, as did Ukraine from the former USSR, East Timor from Indonesia and so on.

However, Taiwan’s status is still unsettled. Taiwan’s independence from China does not make sense since Taiwan is not under the jurisdiction of China. As a great country, China should act more like the UK — instead of like an “Indian giver.”

Taiwan is also called “Formosa” as used in the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty and “Chinese Taipei” is used in the Olympics Games and at other international sports events.

Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) called the Republic of China (ROC) the “ROC on Taiwan” and suggested that there was a special nation-to-nation relationship with China. Former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) added “Taiwan” to ROC passports and suggested that Taiwan and China were separate countries on each side of the Taiwan Strait. President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) promotes a “one China” policy and has a goal of “ultimate unification.”

Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) once remarked that the ROC is Taiwan, and Taiwan the ROC. Former premier Yu Shyi-kun recently stated that Tsai’s remarks need not contradict the ultimate aim of independence.

This long list of Taiwan’s names, nationality and status will make people feel dizzy. It is time for Taiwanese to clean up their nationality and settle their status so that foreigners and Taiwanese themselves will not be puzzled or conflicted.

Charles Hong

Columbus, Ohio

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