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United Daily News: ROC discourse

United Daily News: ROC discourse

Taiwan editorial abstract (File 4 of a daily roundup) Tomorrow will be the Republic of China's 99th birthday and will mark the start of its last year before its centenary.
The ROC is unique in world history. It owes its origin to the Wuchang Uprising of Oct. 10, 1911 that started the Xinhai Revolution, which led to the collapse of the Qing dynasty.
After losing a civil war to the Chinese communists, the Kuomintang-led ROC moved its seat to Taiwan, which was ceded to Japan by Qing dynasty rulers in 1895 and returned to China after the end of World War II in 1945.
Over the ensuing six decades, the ROC has not only survived communist shelling, diplomatic suppression and a missile threat but also has evolved from an agricultural backwater into an industrial powerhouse and vibrant democracy.
At the same time, the People's Republic of China, which came into being in China in 1949, has also withstood a series of disastrous policy blunders to emerge as one of the world's superpowers.
The PRC usurped the glory of the Sun Yat-sen-led Xinhai Revolution and the Chinese communists once tried to whitewash the history of the Xinhai Revolution but later changed their attitude and decided to mark the event's 100th anniversary next year with various activities.
Obviously, Beijing's leaders want to recognize the Xinhai Revolution's role in China's history to enhance the legitimacy of their governance. The presence of a huge image of Sun -- the ROC's national founding father -- at Beijing's landmark Tiananmen Square epitomizes communist China's change toward history.
When the ROC celebrates the centenary of the Xinhai Revolution in Taiwan next year, we look forward to seeing both sides of the Taiwan Strait find more common ground from the spirit of the Xinhai Revolution and Sun's ideals of building China into a democratic republic. If so, the two sides will be able to find more mutual goodwill and develop win-win strategies for their mutual benefit.
For years, pro-independence activists have tried to deny the existence of the ROC in order to justify their cause of seeking Taiwan's de jure independence.
We earnestly hope they will come to understand that such advocacy will lead nowhere. The ROC's historical role and status can never be denied. The ROC is an irreplaceable link in cross-strait relations and ensuring Taiwan's peace and stability.
(By Sofia Wu)




Updated : 2021-06-21 15:53 GMT+08:00