The Right Path is to abandon the ROC system
Ms. Yang Liu Xiuhua
After re-reading the article "Taiwan should make a clean cut from Republic of China (ROC)" of my late husband in 1998, I deeply appreciate his claim that “Taiwan should make a clean cut from the Republic of China”. This is exactly what Taiwanese people need right now, and the right path to proceed. My late husband had a lifetime career as a civil servant to work within the system of Japan, the United States and Republic of China. It touched his deep nerve when he saw the corruption and bribery of officials within the system. People act without moral principles in order to please their higher officials. As the result, innocent people can be locked up in the dungeon. Only the obedient, even incompetent, people can be ministers, directors, chiefs or section heads of duties.
Today, not because of Ma’s incompetence that makes him does something wrong, it is because of the limitation within the system of Republic of China that makes any policy disorganized, unable to meet public expectations. We should not criticize Ma, and demand him to do this or do that. I republish the excerpt from my late husband's article and hope this will awake the people of Taiwan to introspect and rethink. We should have broken away and cut clean from this system of Republic of China that has already disappeared from the world map. All the native Taiwanese people, mainlanders, and indigenous people should work together to establish our own state; only by this, we can be our own boss and live a dignified, happy life.
Taiwan has already had the basic requirements as a nation, and in fact, has positioned to show the world her strength and contribution as a country. However, Taiwan is till failed to get the recognition of international community. Why is this? Is it because the bully acts to suppress Taiwan from People's Republic of China at the other side of the strait? Most of the countries, due to the reality of international politics, did not dare to recognize Taiwan.
Chiang Kai-shek’s regime, by the instructions of the Allied headquarters, forcibly occupied Taiwan without compliance with the international law procedures in 1945. This caused the confusion and dispute between Taiwan and Republic of China. Without knowing that Republic of China has already disappeared from international community, most of the people in the world, includes part of the Taiwanese, have these illusions: "Republic of China is Taiwan"; “Taiwan is Republic of China”. Despite this, Taiwan's government still hangs tight to the signboard of “Republic of China”.
Taiwan does not have any relationship with the People's Republic of China (China); there are no historical origins. Both have neither love nor hate relationship. Taiwan is Taiwan; China is China. The relationship between both is nil. The relationship between Taiwan and China was established because Taiwan’s government has been using the signboard of "ROC".
In order to make Taiwan truly sovereign and independent from the entanglement of China, and to ensure Taiwan's security, the only way is to draw a line between Taiwan and Republic of China. Taiwan is Taiwan and China is China. There is no problem of overlapping sovereignty between two. Later, we need to use the name “Taiwan” to join the United Nations, and to develop a new constitution and system that is in line with the current reality of Taiwan.
Only by doing so, Taiwan can obtain the international recognition, and truly become an independent sovereign state. Of course, you need to first get the consensus of Taiwan's people and to convince the majority of countries in the world. Apparently, this project is not easy. But, in any case, we have no other choices. The only way to succeed is to cooperate with each other, to strengthen our efforts by crying out loud and promoting our vision persistently.
Dr. Oda Zibo Shi, who served as a judge in the International Court of Justice, has repeatedly stressed that Taiwan is not part of China. According to international law principles of peace, the People's Republic of China cannot attack Taiwan. Let us don’t keep on hammering Ma Ying-jeou. Let’s hope that our fellow Taiwanese will quickly wake up. Also, we hope to see our president Mr. Ma, whose hand was raised by ex-president, Lee Teng-hui, and shouted loudly that he is a "New Taiwanese", also, who had talked to Dr. Oda Zibo Shi about "The theory of new Taiwanese” and " A Taiwan belong to people in Taiwan”, will release President Chen as soon as possible, make a clean cut between Republic of China and Taiwan, and to build a good country jointly with the people of Taiwan. Hope that we can all make our greatest effort to create a normal country that respond to public opinions and with a good system for the benefit of the peoples. Only by doing this, we can enjoy life with long-term happiness and joy.
(The author is chairman of the International Cultural Foundation)