In a move that is sure to upset the Chinese politburo, Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian has announced that it will cease operations of the National Unity Council, the department which was formed to set the groundwork for possible reunification with mainland China.
Taiwan split from China during a civil war that raged from 1946 to 1949 between the Nationalists and the Communists. The Nationalists were able to retain control of Taiwan, Penghu, and several other Fujinese islands while the Communists, aided by Russia, were able to seize the mainland. China became a communist state shortly after WWII, when during a cease fire, the nationalist party honored its commitment to demilitarize 1.5 million troops. The Communist Party, with much less honor, took that opportunity to arm itself to the teeth for an all-out battle for the future of their country.
The Taiwanese Strait has been the source of many crises over the years, but with the help of mainly the United States, Taiwan has been able to resist a Chinese takeover. In recent years, the Communist Party has cranked up the rhetoric and nationalist propaganda in regards to China, so much so that the Unites States has blinked with regards to its legal obligation, one which it entered into willingly, to equip Taiwan with the ability to stave off an attack by China.
With this latest stance by Taiwan, the situation is becoming much more emotional. The West should, however, recognize Taiwanese independence in the same manner in which the United States was recognized after its struggle for independence from Great Britain in the 18th century.
Since that time, the United States has stood for liberty, and its sons and daughters have bravely stood up to defend it, as have Canadians and many other thriving democracies.
With global politics changing rapidly and with China’s rise as a superpower imminent or already achieved, this latest move on the part of Taiwan could have some major implications. China, for its part, has always played the part of a paranoid schizophrenic well, as do most communist regimes which oppress their citizens.
Its leadership is no doubt terrified that a free Taiwan would sign agreements with ‘the wrong’ nations, thus compromising Chinese national security.
Will the free world now consider defending liberty too costly, or are we headed for a major international crisis? Is China now too powerful to thwart thanks to the fact that we import pretty much everything from their shores?
I don’t think so. Freedom prevailed over tyranny with Russia, Germany, and Japan, and its spirit can surely overcome the little men who control the Chinese people from their secretive Beijing dungeons.