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  Political status of Taiwan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The political solution that is accepted by many of the current groups is the following perspective of the status quo: that is, to unofficially treat Taiwan as a state and at a minimum, to officially declare no support for the government of this state making a formal declaration of independence.
The position of supporters of Chinese reunification in Taiwan is that Taiwan is part of China but the PRC is not the sole legitimate government of China, and that reunification does not necessarily have to occur under the communist regime.
Public opinion in Taiwan regarding relations with the PRC is notoriously difficult to gauge, as poll results tend to be extremely sensitive to how the questions are phrased and what options are given, and there is a tendency by all political parties to spin the results to support their point of view.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Political_status_of_Taiwan   (5887 words)

 Taiwan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It is bounded to the east by the Pacific Ocean, to the south by the South China Sea and the Luzon Strait, to the west by the Taiwan Strait and to the north by the East China Sea.
The legal status of the ROC and the right of the Taiwanese to declare formal Taiwan independence is contested by the People's Republic of China (PRC), which considers Taiwan to be part of its own territory and to be eventually reunified with mainland China.
In 1887, the Qing government upgraded Taiwan's status from that of being a prefecture of Fujian to one of province itself, the 20th in the country, with capital at Taipei.
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Taiwan, as well as several smaller islands of Fujian, such as Quemoy and Matsu, have been administered since 1945 by a government called the Republic of China (ROC), the former government of mainland China before its 1949 defeat by the Communist Party of China.
Taiwan's indigenous population was first joined and intermarried with male traders and seasonal workers from Mainland China primarily during a brief period of Dutch control between 1624 and 1662.
The island of Taiwan lies some 200 km off the southeastern coast of Mainland China across the Taiwan Strait, with the East China Sea to the north, the Philippine Sea to the east, the Luzon Strait directly to the south and the South China Sea to the southwest.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/ta/Taiwan.html   (1622 words)

 Taiwan - Simple English Wikipedia
It is south-east of China, south of Japan, and north of the Philippines.
PRC claims control over the island of Taiwan (which is also known as Taiwan province).
Although some people in Taiwan want to be united again with China, none of them want to be united with a China that is not free.
simple.wikipedia.org /wiki/Taiwan   (941 words)

 Countries: Political status of Taiwan
Position of the ROC The position of the current government on Taiwan (i.e., the Republic of China) is deliberately ambiguous.
The Taiwan Solidarity Union which is the smaller party within the pan-Green coalition opposes this compromise.
The position of supporters of Chinese reunification on Taiwan is that Taiwan is part of China but the PRC is not the sole legitimate government of China.
www.morelawinfo.com /Countries/Taiwan.shtml   (1413 words)

 Taiwan - Voyager, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Taiwan is mostly mountainous in the east but gradually transitions to gently sloping plains in the west.
"Taiwan" is commonly used to refer to the territories currently governed by the Republic of China (ROC), which include the Taiwan island group (including Lanyu (Orchid Island) and Green Island), the Pescadores in the Taiwan Strait, Quemoy and Matsu off the coast of mainland Fujian, and Taiping and the Pratas in the South China Sea.
The KMT supports the status quo for the indefinite future with the ultimate goal of reunificaiton because unification under the current political climate in PRC is unacceptable to its members and the public.
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 Asia Times Online :: China News, China Business News, Taiwan and Hong Kong News and Business.
As one Chinese official put it: "The status quo of the cross-strait relations is that both sides of the [Taiwan] Strait belong to one and the same China." He added that it is "a status quo not defined by other countries such as the United States, nor by the Taiwan leaders".
To Beijing, the status quo is a synonym for a one-China policy and Taiwan's eventual reunification with the mainland.
From Taiwan's perspective, China's new Anti-Secession Law is an aggressive and threatening attempt by Beijing to alter the status quo, while Taiwanese efforts to secure international recognition by joining the United Nations and other international organizations are consistent with the status quo.
www.atimes.com /atimes/China/GD28Ad01.html   (804 words)

 Political status of Taiwan
The political solution that is acceptable to most of the current groups is status quo, which is to leave Taiwan's status the way that it is. This is acceptable in large part because it doesn't define what Taiwan's status is, leaving each group to interpret the situation in a way that is acceptable to it.
The current position of the People's Republic of China is that Taiwan is part of China and the PRC is the sole legitimate government of China, although the government has hinted that it would be willing to moderate the second part of the formulation if the ROC accepts the first part.
The position of supporters of Taiwan independence is that Taiwan isn't part of China and the PRC is the sole legitimate government of China.
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 News Analysis: 'What Is China?' Taiwan's New Answer Is Puzzling
Danger was the first word in many minds, because tampering with Taiwan's political status is akin to tweaking a hornet's nest, easily provoking military action from Beijing, where eventual reunification with Taiwan is considered a patriotic imperative.
Taiwan and China have acted independently of each other for the 50 years since Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist forces retreated to the island, defeated by the Communists in a civil war.
Yet Fung, a political opponent of Lee's who believes the policy shift is potentially disastrous, cited another possibility echoed by several political analysts: Lee may want to create a crisis to justify a postponement of next year's election so that he can remain in office.
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 washingtonpost.com: Taiwan's President Is Sworn In
Chen, 53, was sworn in under a relentless downpour in a ceremony attended by representatives of the 26 nations that still maintain diplomatic relations with the Republic of China, as this self-governed island is formally known.
Chen said his constitutional changes would be designed only to improve the efficiency of Taiwan's government and would not touch on the issues of sovereignty, territory or Taiwan's political status, that Beijing has defined as red lines not to be crossed under threat of war.
Chen's renunciation of steps leading toward formal independence for Taiwan appeared to respond to pressure from the United States and other nations that he refrain from exacerbating his tense relationship with the mainland, which has deployed about 500 short-range missiles on the other side of the 100-mile Taiwan Strait.
www.washingtonpost.com /ac2/wp-dyn/A40991-2004May19?language=printer   (633 words)

 AEI - Short Publications
Taiwan is also currently on track for WTO admission as a "customs territory," thus avoiding, for WTO purposes, the flammable issue of Taiwan's international political status.
By so doing, the PLO hoped to enhance its international status (or at least the perception of that status, which may be nearly the same thing), and thereby create "facts on the ground" in its negotiations with Israel, thus bolstering its bargaining position.
Even successfully opposing efforts to use such agencies for political purposes, such as in the PLO case, can impose significant costs on the organizations by diverting them from their underlying missions, and by setting adverse precedents that are often not easily overcome later.
www.aei.org /publications/filter.all,pubID.17084/pub_detail.asp   (2146 words)

 CNN.com - Beijing calls for Taiwan-China talks - Nov. 27, 2002
A spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office — China's cabinet-level policymaking council on Taiwan — said he hoped Taipei would respond positively to what he said was increasing flexibility and pragmatism regarding cross-Strait relations, state-run media reported.
The 'wiggle room' Jiang referred to was quasi-diplomatic status for Taiwan economically and culturally but not on any official level.
Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian in September rejected China's terms for reunification, saying the self-ruled island would never give up its freedom, democracy or human rights.
edition.cnn.com /2002/WORLD/asiapcf/east/11/27/china.taiwan   (584 words)

 Rahman   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The problem, simply stated, is that the future political status of Taiwan itself is growing in significance as a vital national interest for other states in the context of the expansion of China’s power and influence throughout maritime East Asia.
Taiwan’s history is a complex one, in which inhabitants of the island were often ruled by outside powers, yet Taiwan has never been successfully integrated, politically, with mainland China.
If Taiwan is indeed the immediate strategic focus of the People’s Liberation Army, an important factor arises that is often neglected—the extent to which the fate of the island of Taiwan itself may determine China’s future ability to prosecute its regional security and sea control ambitions.
www.nwc.navy.mil /press/Review/2001/Autumn/art4-au1.htm   (9726 words)

 Taiwan Communique no. 104
During the past years, Taiwan has been considered a model for democratization in Asia: in spite of the continuing threat by China, it was able to make the transition from an authoritorian one-party regime under the Kuomintang from the 1940s through the early 1990s, to a fully blossoming democracy today.
Actually Chen was merely describing the current political status of Taiwan, the fact that Taiwan is a de facto independent country, not subject to the effective control of the People's Republic.
But a Taiwan that voluntarily decided to become a part of China would not likely be prevented from doing so, and in addition to the problem of security in the region, another, perhaps just as significant problem would be the backward step of democracy.
www.taiwandc.org /twcom/104-no3.htm   (2558 words)

 The Mainland China-Taiwan-USA Dilemma: Legacy of the Cold War   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The claim of the People's Republic of China (PRC) to sovereignty over Taiwan and the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan's resistance present the most volatile international confrontation facing the United States today.
Join a group of leading experts on international law and politics to discuss what many believe will become the gravest threat to our nation's security.
Communiques, and Other Agreements Concerning Taiwan's Political Status 1895-2000" may be accessed at www.abcny.org
www.taipei.org /press/war.htm   (286 words)

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