Excerpts from frontline's interviews with david lampton and kurt campbell, two china specialists erik eckholm, beijing bureau chief of the new york times sen fred thompson (r-tenn), a china critic yang jiechi, china's ambassador to the us zhu bangzao, spokesperson for the chinese foreign ministry and dr joseph wu, deputy director of the institute of international relations in taiwan.
China-taiwan relations excluded the island from international entities addressing civil aviation and global health issues, and pressured global corporations to list taiwan as a chinese. The kuomintang (kmt) ruling clique retreated from the mainland to entrench in china's taiwan province in confrontation with the central government with the support of foreign forces this is the origin of the taiwan issue.
Tsai and the green fundamentalists have different priorities in their policy agenda: the former would like to bridge different interest groups and to tackle the imminent economic and social issues first, while the latter are eager to accelerate the project of “normalizing taiwan” — re-evaluating taiwan’s history, political institutions, and constitutional order, and eventually getting rid of the current “republic of china” architecture. In taiwan, there is an added complication to the use of the term chinese province between 1895 and 1945 taiwan was ruled by japan, which had seized it after a war with imperial china especially in the early years after 1945, kmt rule on the island was brutal.
An outline of the government system of taiwan the constitution taiwan is now a multi-party representative democracy the constitution of the republic of china (the constitution) is the fundamental law of the republic of china (commonly referred to as “taiwan”) the examination yuan: in taiwan, as per the constitution, all civil. Taiwan is located in the western pacific approximately 100 miles off the southeastern coast of china and north of the philippines the island is bordered by the east china sea, the philippine sea, the south china sea, and the taiwan strait.
But china does exist it provides taiwan with opportunities, to be sure many of you young people may work on the mainland but china is a source of insecurity for taiwan, and so an added challenge so the task for the island’s leaders and citizens will be to balance their desire for security, prosperity and welfare.
On january 1, 2007, president chen shui-bian of taiwan announced in his new year message, “the international community must forthrightly pay heed to the will of taiwan’s people, and must respect their right of free choice the sovereignty of taiwan belongs to its 23 million people, not to the people’s republic of china.