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LETTER

China, not Taiwan, At Fault

I would like to address some of the errors in William Li’s column, “Bad Politics, Bad Business” [Feb. 4]. He incorrectly states that Taiwan “separated” itself from China in 1949. The Nationalist Party (KMT) under Chiang Kai-Shek fled to Taiwan after being driven out of China by the Communists, and for the next several decades the KMT sought to retake China. Meanwhile, the people of Taiwan were forced to live with a government that they had quickly grown to hate. They were promised a better life under Chinese rule after having lived as second-class citizens under Japanese rule. Unfortunately, this did not happen, and the people of Taiwan ended up lamenting that life under the Japanese was better than life under the Chinese.

Li also incorrectly suggests that Taiwan is the problem in China-Taiwan relations. The problem is that the Chinese Communist Party continues to use its power to unfairly manipulate the international political scene to in order to force Taiwan into submission. For example, any U.N. Security Council Resolution that benefits nations having diplomatic ties with Taiwan is almost certain to be vetoed by China.

China claims that Taiwan is an integral and inalienable part of China. However, before World War II, neither the Nationalists nor the Communists believed that Taiwan was a part of China.


Frederick W. Chen G