The Chinese Communist government expressed its appreciation to the United States for supporting the principle of “one China.” The Taiwan government has been making noise about an effort to declalre Taiwan and independent nation and seek membership in the United Nations. Over fifty years ago when defeated forces of the Kuomintang conservative Chinese government fled the mainland in the wake of victory by the Communist Chinese, their presence on the island of Taiwan has been a continual source of conflict. About twenty years ago, the United States finally abandoned its support for the Taiwan government dreams of reconquering China. As Chinese Foreign Minister, Yang Jiechi told visiting US naval commander, Admiral Timothy Keating, “the Chinese side appreciates the United States government’s adherence to the one Chine policy and its oppositiion to the Taiwan authorities efforts at a referendum on Taiwan’s membership in the United Nations.
The Taiwan government has to accept reality and work toward closer cooperation with the Chinese Communist government. One day, Communist China will become a democratic society and until that time arrives, there is need for peace between the two entities.