LETTER TO THE EDITOR - NEW YORK TIMES
to a March 20 editorial, "preserving the one-China formula
remains the surest basis for maintaining peace across the
Taiwan Strait." Nothing could be further from the truth.
political entities have existed since 1949.
exercised the rights of sovereignty, like holding elections
(bogus in one case) and collecting taxes.
China" concept was false from the instant Henry A. Kissinger
seized upon it as a convenient ruse.
of this Faustian bargain is becoming apparent. China threatens
to use force to annex Taiwan, asserting that the United States,
having accepted the one-China principle, has no right to interfere
in its internal affairs.
Clinton administration declares its continued adherence to
a patent falsehood.
myth is the real threat to stability.
Coral Gables, Fla., March 20, 2000
writer is a professor of political science at the University