Thu, Nov 29, 2012 - Page 8

Clarifying the use of ‘ROC’

On Nov. 16, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), as the chairman of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), congratulated the newly appointed general secretary of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (習近平), and the outgoing CCP general secretary, Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤), in separate telegrams.

Ma, using the title “Chairman” and date format “101 (2012)/11/15,” deliberately avoided use of the term “Republic of China (ROC).”

Ma’s deliberate avoidance of “ROC” shows that he did not want to tell a lie and means he admitted that the government of the ROC does not exist.

It is now time for him to tell the truth.

The Liberty Times [the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper], reported on Sept. 11, 2008, that: “the US prohibits their foreign diplomatic agencies from calling Taiwan ROC.”

It was indicated that the US does not recognize Taiwan as an independent sovereign state.

US officials cannot use the terms “ROC” or “the ROC in Taiwan” to address Taiwan, but can only address it as “Taiwan.”

In 1979, the US established formal diplomatic relations with the CCP, denied that the government of the ROC is the representative of China and instead developed the Taiwan Relations Act.

Former US National Security Council senior director for Asian affairs Dennis Wilder once said: “Taiwan, or the ROC, is not a country in the international community.”

I want to ask the US government: What nationality do you want Taiwanese to be?

How much longer will you treat Taiwanese according to the skewed “reality” of the international community?

On Nov. 16, The Economist published an article titled “Ma the bumbler,” saying that Ma is ineffectual.

Indeed, the ROC may be a regime in exile, but pan-green politicians still expect to improve the status of the public within the system of the ROC.

This is asking for the impossible and it looks like not only is Ma a fool, but pan-green politicians are even more foolish.

Recently, former Democratic Progressive Party chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) met with former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) to discuss holding a national affairs conference.

Discussion of the concepts of the “ROC in Taiwan” and “ROC is Taiwan” were suggested.

However, the San Francisco Peace Treaty and the Sino-Japanese Peace Treaty never gave sovereignty of Taiwan to the ROC.

Of course, Ma, an expert in international law, knows this.

So, Ms Tsai, please clarify what your understanding of Taiwan’s national identity and international status is

Would you please honestly tell the public?

I am keenly looking forward to Taiwan’s early departure from the ROC regime.

Some words of advice to Tsai: Please do not fear that it is difficult to get away from the ROC system and do not stop what you are doing.

We should always stick to our vision.

This is the only way to establish and be masters of our country.

Yang Liu Hsiu-Hwa