China, US, Taiwan all have own interpretations of 'one China'
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Re âStop pretending that Taiwan isnât a countryâ by Jeff Jacoby (Ideas, Jan. 7): âOne Chinaâ is the decades-old concept guiding US-China-Taiwan relations. My research shows that there are five interpretations of it: China has two, the United States has two, and Taiwan has one.
China maintains the âone Chinaâ principle, which advocates for reunification under the âone country, two systemâ formula as practiced in Hong Kong and Macau. This means Taiwan would become subordinated to China and its Communist system. The United States rejects the âone Chinaâ principle because it contains the right to use force against Taiwan to resolve issues.
The United Statesâ âone Chinaâ policy consists of two different frameworks: the âcommuniquÃ©s frameworkâ and what I call the âsecond framework.â The former favors US-China ties, whereas the latter supports US-Taiwan relations. Trumpâs administration favors the second framework. Both frameworks oppose Chinaâs right to use force against Taiwan.Advertisement
China wants the United States to follow the communiquÃ©s framework only, which marginalizes Taiwan. China actively promotes this framework while actively countering the second framework.Get Truth and Consequences in your inbox: Michael A. Cohen takes on the absurdities and hypocrisies of the current political moment. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here
The Kuomintang on Taiwan has one interpretation, which backs unification with China under the system of democracy. Although the Democratic Progressive Party holds political power on Taiwan now, and wants to abandon âone China,â the principle itself, contra ry to Jacobyâs contention, is far from being dead.
The writer is the project manager of the East Asia Peace and Security Initiative. She worked in China for nearly 10 years and was a former research fellow on Taiwan, sponsored by Taiwanâs Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Source: Google News Taiwan | Netizen 24 Taiwan