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Taiwan Walks Tightrope With China

Newly elelcted president of Taiwan, Ma Ying-jeou, whose confrontational pro-independence polcies have angered China has made clear he wants to find a way in which the rights of Taiwan can be protected without angering China. His Nationalist Party has never renounced a desire for an eventual unification with China, but that goal is hardly one which raises enthusiasm on Taiwan. Ma seeks to emphasize economic relations and push political issues to the backburner. He wants a huge expansion in tourists from China and would like to integrate Taiwan even more closely with the expanding Chinese economy.

Ma is being very careful to emphasize Taiwan’s link to Chinese history and will even refer to Taiwan as the Republic of China. He wants detente with China, he wants close economic ties, but he also wants Taiwan to control its own destiny as an independent democratic nation. Perhaps, in twenty years mainland China will have become a democratic society which would end any problems in bringing together these two historic Chinese entities.

Taiwan Threatens Independence From China

Sixty years ago, forces of the Chinese Communist Army formalized their control over the nation as thousands of Nationalist troops under the command of Chiang kai-shek fled the mainland in order to take refuges on the island of Taiwan(then called Formosa). The Chinese Communist government never recognized Taiwan as anything other than a province of their nation which was temporarily not under the control of its central government. Both sides, essentially, have agreed to keep things neutral with hope that someday the issue can be resolved without violence. For about forty years the United States backed the Taiwan government, but during the past few decades it has recognized the Chinese Communists as the legal government of China.

Taiwan officials have indicated they may consider a referendum which would legally result in secession from China, an action that will infuriate the Chinese Communist government. The United States is caught in the middle and simply prefers maintaining the status quo since an act of secession might result in military action on the part of the Chinese government. Hopefully, calm heads in Taiwan will move away from secession and maintain conditions as is. In the coming decade, Communist China will move further along the path toward democracy and Taiwan eventually can become integrated within a democratic China.