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Clearly, the Hong Kong experience teaches the people of Taiwan the lesson that freedom and democracy are words that do not appear in Beijing’s vocabulary. And that Beijing’s “One China” is a mere fallacy, a Chinese pie in the sky, to which the 23 million peace-loving people of Taiwan do not aspire to adhere at all.

Disturbingly, the United States maintains its own version of the “One China Policy.” The 1972 U.S.-China Shanghai Communique, the cradle of this One China Policy, stated that “The U.S. acknowledges that all Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China.”

True, at the time, both the Communist government in Beijing and Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist government in Taipei claimed sovereignty overt each other’s territory.

But in the early 1990s, the Taiwan side unilaterally gave up its claims on the mainland, thus effectively rendering the “U.S. One China Policy” null and void.

Now that Taiwan is a de facto independent country and a bastion of democracy and human rights, the time has come for the international community (including the United States) to accept the reality in the Taiwan Strait and either abolish the One China Policy completely or have this outdated Cold War relic replaced by a policy more clearly reflecting today’s reality: a “U.S. One China, One Taiwan policy.”

C.T. LEE

President

Formosan Association for

Public Affairs

Washington