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‘One China’ principle is malicious

By Mike Kuo 郭正光

It added that Taiwan is prepared to safeguard its dignity and sovereignty.

The implementation of the “one country, two systems” framework in Hong Kong has deprived Hong Kongers of freedom and the rule of law — something the Taiwanese public would never accept, the MAC said.

China’s “one China” principle is evil. It needs to be relegated to the dustbin of history now.

With the new US Congress in place, the time is now for the US to challenge China’s “one China” principle.” The Congress must adopt and codify the following policy statements:

The US acknowledges Taiwanese authorities’ legitimate representation of a democracy of 23.5 million people; it will ensure any resolution of the future of Taiwan be done peacefully and with the assent of the people of Taiwan, and; it encourages both sides of the Taiwan Strait to carry out constructive dialogue without preconditions.

While Tsai was carefully navigating Taiwan through these troubled waters, on Thursday last week Presidential Office adviser Wu Li-pei (吳澧培), former Presidential Office adviser Peng Ming-min (彭明敏), former Academia Sinica president Lee Yuan-tseh (李遠哲) and the Reverend Kao Chun-ming (高俊明) published “An Open Letter to President Tsai — Please Do Not Seek Re-election.”

I want to emphasize that I have always respected these four Taiwanese independence movement leaders and still do, even after they published the letter, but President Tsai has our complete confidence. She has earned and deserves our full support.

She is the only person today who can lead Taiwan across the murky waters that it has found itself in over the past decades.

In a 1864 speech, then-US president Abraham Lincoln recounted the story of an old Dutch farmer who remarked to a companion once that “it was not best to swap horses when crossing streams.”

The Taiwanese public and Taiwanese Americans should learn from the US’ greatest president.

Mike Kuo is president of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs.

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