An representative of the government in Taipei based in Sydney puts her country's case forward;
It’s time for the world to help Taiwan step out of China’s shadow
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/ ... 58ypr.html
Sunday is the 110th National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Most of the world has come to know us as simply Taiwan, yet even some are weary to call us that. We have our own judiciary, elections, military and currency. For as long as our existence, we have never fallen under another country’s jurisdiction.
The presence of our sovereignty could not be less subtle, yet we have constantly lived under the looming shadow of China’s oppression and intimidation.
For a country that claims us as part of its own, our beliefs and values could not be further apart. Over the past few decades, Taiwan has embraced its democratic values and flourished. Taiwan now ranks 7th and 11th respectively in the Freedom House report and the Economic Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index, leading the world as one of the most free and democratic countries.
There is one thing wrong however. "Sunday is the 110th National Day of the Republic of China
" Ms Fan contends. Count back 110 years from now and it brings you to the year 1911: the year in which the last Manchu emperor was deposed and the Republic of China was inagurated by Dr. Sun Yat Sen.
Herein lies the obcession of the PRC regime on the mainland with ridding the world of it by incorporating Taiwan (forced or otherwise) into its domain. As far as the rest of the world is concerned the (1927 - 1949) Chinese civil war ended when the Communist side came to power in Beijing and chased the remnant of the Kuomintang (Republic of China) regime off the mainland into permanent exile on Taiwan. But that would not be how they would see it the top echelon of the Chinese Communist Party. As long as the Republic of China still exists offshore on Taiwan the final battle of the Chinese civil war will still not have been won.
It means, in other words, that off the Fujian coast is this rival to the CCP for the loyalty and allegance of the Chinese people. It means that as long as the R of C still exists the CCP cannot feel that its grip on China is secure.
It means that on some future occasion when the PRC has entered a period of internal weakness and vulnerablity (Chinese policy makers think far ahead), Taiwan could act as the rallying point and nucleus for rebel forces that could plunge China back into renewed civil war. With foreign backing Taiwan and the revolt it formented would then be a real threat to the existence of the PRC.
(The fears of the PRC leadership would likely be informed from the long historical record of their country by past times of division. Possibly even by the Warring States period. There is nothing I know of in Marx that could have guided them in this.)
The ideal outcome as of now would be for the regime in Taiwan to abolish the title Republic of China
and rename itself the Republic of Taiwan: renouncing all future claims to be the legetimate government of China. If it could only convince the PRC establishment that it is only a harmless small island state of China's coast of regional Chinese heritage then all may be well.
Taiwan's Western backers should make this a condition of their support and if accepted repudiate their recognition of Taiwan as "part of China" and boldly enter into diplomatic ties with Taiwan..