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Ending the long rule of the KMT

Mon, Jul 25, 2011 - Page 8

It has been 60 years since the Treaty of Peace with Japan, also known as the San Francisco Peace Treaty, was signed. The treaty has become the international legal basis for discussing the status of Taiwan following the end of World War II and it takes precedence over the Cairo Communique.

However, Taiwan's undetermined status, as highlighted in the treaty, does not please President Ma Ying-jeou, and a few days ago he reiterated his view that the Cairo Declaration and the Sino-Japanese Peace Treaty, also known as the Treaty of Taipei, both confirm that Taiwan was returned to the Republic of China (ROC).

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The direct implication of Taiwan's undetermined status is that it does not belong to Japan, the US, or China, making Taiwanese self-determination the natural choice.

Note: The TSAC does not agree that self-determination is a feasible choice for the Taiwanese people at present.   For more details on this aspect, see Popular Sovereignty.

However, long-term rule by the KMT, a foreign regime, has covered up the fact that Taiwan does not belong to China. Instead of all the extravagant talk about sovereignty and independence, Taiwanese would do better to first ask themselves whether they can end the rule of the KMT.