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For centuries, Taiwan has been ruled by alien regimes. Modern Taiwanese

history is a chronicle of the Taiwanese' struggles against oppression and

fight for independent survival. Since 1945, Taiwan under the Kuomintang

(KMT) regime has been subject to the threat of China's invasion. Even

though recently the tensions across the Straits of Taiwan has loosened

gradually, to Taiwanese, the unification policy stressed by both the KMT

regime and the Chinese government still poses a grave danger of a forced

and forcible merger with China.

On August 31, 1993, the People's Republic of China issued a

document titled, "The Taiwan Question and the Reunification of China."

Circulating in seven languages, this diplomatic white paper manifested its

intent and ambition of annexing Taiwan through its distortion of history,

misconstruction of international law and treaties, and disregard for the

will and welfare of the Taiwanese. Though less dogmatic and more pragmatic

than before, the KMT's response remains ambiguous and problematic: the KMT

still insists that the Communist regime cannot legitimately represent

China, while emphasizing its own capability of resolving this "Chinese

problem" eventually. Under such circumstances, we think it necessary to

explicate our point of view from the perspective of the Taiwanese.

China released a paper that states that "Peaceful Unification" and

"One Country, Two Systems" are the basic principles of its Taiwan policy.

The paper lists four guidelines: one China, coexistence of two systems,

extensive autonomy, and peaceful negotiation. China warns that the Taiwan

question is a purely domestic issue and thus to be solved under the

premise of "One China." It further pronounces that peaceful unification is

a fixed policy of the Chinese government. However, this...


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