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It is time for Taiwan to be Taiwan

By Jerome Keating

Taiwan has de facto independence; it was only the ROC and the representatives of Chiang Kai-shek that were evicted from the UN. Undetermined Taiwan has never been in the UN.

Taiwanese must also realize their assets. As a mid-sized nation, they are the Rock of Gibraltar between the East China Sea and the South China Sea. This is why hegemonic China covets Taiwan.

They must not sell themselves short; their economy might not be as desirable as they wish, but it is strong in comparison with most nations.

They have witnessed that China cannot even grant a limited sense of democracy to the small territory of Hong Kong. Therefore is it not time to jettison the ROC name and Constitution that hang like an albatross on all that they do?

In this, they must determine what is the soul of their nation. How vital is democracy to it? What alliances do they want? What narrative and what priorities should be developed?

It is time for Taiwan to be Taiwan.

Jerome Keating is a writer based in Taipei.

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