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Letter To Editor: China's fantasy of unifying Taiwan is nothing but a daydream to be awakened from

Letter To Editor: China's fantasy of unifying Taiwan is nothing but a daydream to be awakened from

According to a recent report from Reuters, a Chinese government official said the country would take "drastic measures" if Taiwan pushed for independence. The official said that China has tried to keep its reunification with Taiwan peaceful but would take the necessary steps if Taiwan crossed any "red lines" set forward by the government. But I maintain all realities beg to differ in every way and China needs to awaken from such a wishful pipe dream.

On the one hand, China has no claim whatsoever, legal or otherwise, over Taiwan as its territory, period. Continuing to insist that Taiwan is a part of China without tendering any evidence is not going to make such a false claim come true. Instead, such belligerent behavior has only made the rest of the world even more aware of China's hegemonic ambitions and force it into its concentration camp devoid of democracy and freedom — plot unacceptable by any freedom-loving human being.

On the other hand, there are many historical reasons and justifications for allowing the Taiwanese people to be accorded their human right of self-determination as stipulated in Chapter 12 of the 1945 United Nations Charter, which deals with the International Trusteeship System and aims to liberate colonized peoples of the world, with Taiwan being the perfect target of the provision.

Further, General Order No. 1, issued on Sept. 2, 1945, by General Douglas MacArthur and previously approved by President Harry Truman, delegates the administrative authority for the occupation of Formosa and the Pescadores to Chiang Kai-shek. The Treaty of San Francisco, in which Japan renounced all rights, titles and claims to the above-mentioned territories effective April 28, 1952, never assigned Taiwan's sovereignty to any party.

The fact that Taiwan does not belong to a Chinese state precludes it from any alleged entanglement in the Chinese Civil War, which ended in 1949. The people of Taiwan were never involved in that war, so to claim Taiwan is a "renegade province of China" as it is often erroneously labeled by the Western press is seized upon by China as a pretense to unify with Taiwan.

Let the truth be told that even during its brief occupation by the Manchu (Qing) Dynasty, Taiwan was more a colony than a territory, and Manchu forces never penetrated the vast areas beyond their west coast enclaves before Taiwan was formally ceded to Japan in perpetuity in the 1895 Treaty of Shimonoseki.

But most important of all, I would be remiss if I didn't emphasize the following two facts that would make a forced takeover of Taiwan by China a heinous war crime and genocide.

Firstly, Taiwan has achieved an advanced state of democracy as well as sophisticated economic development unmatched by most other nations of the world. Thus, it would be a great human tragedy for 23.5 million people who are absolutely incompatible and irreconcilable with China to be merged with the dictatorial one-party state.

Secondly, Taiwan has undergone a melting process of its own over the past four centuries or more, such that many Taiwanese today are different from people in China ethnically, culturally, and socially. The free world should unite and simply allow the people of Taiwan to go about deciding their own future in a legal referendum before China, which has no claim as stated, can do anything about it.

Paul B. Ding is a former board member of the Formosa Foundation in Los Angeles, former president of the Taiwanese American Association, FAPA, and the Taiwanese American Citizens League St. Louis Chapter.