It is now over a half century since the defeated forces of General Chiang Kai-shek left the mainland of China and sought refuge in Taiwan. The Communist world of the 1940s is not the world of today in which the United States and China are important economic partners but issus about Taiwan continue to crop up. In 1979, the United States Congress passed legislation requiring America to provide Taiwan arms of a defensive nature. Again this year Congress returned to this piece of legislation to once again express its view of its necessity. The Chinese government has every right to become angry at interference in the internal affairs of another nation.
The solution for Taiwan is clear– recognize it is part of historic China and then become an autonomous functioning part of the nation with its current freedoms intact and the right to continue conducting its economy as has been done in the past. It is time to put this problem to rest.