Chronicle, Thursday, March 23, 2000
a reborn country
the intensive military threat from China's leaders, the people
of Taiwan elected "Taiwan's Son," Chen Shui-bian, as their
new president, March 18.
was an error, however, in the Chronicle's article ("Taiwan
defies China in vote for president," March 19), which stated
that this election makes the 51 year-old split with China
is, Taiwan has been separate from China for more than 105
years, as it was ceded in perpetuity to Japan from the Ching
Dynasty of Imperialist China in 1895 and was occupied by Japan
for 50 years until 1945.
Kai-shek escaped to Taiwan after being defeated by communist
China in 1949.
the legal status of Taiwan, the San Francisco Peace Treaty,
signed Sept. 8, 1951, by 49 allied powers (including the United
States), stated that Japan "renounces all right, title and
claim to Taiwan."
to sovereignty over Taiwan was not mentioned. Neither
communist China nor nationalist China received control over
Taiwan from the treaty.
has been separated from mainland China longer than there has
been a communist party- by what right could that party now
lay claim to Taiwan?
victory for the people of Taiwan to elect a new president
by their ballots. Taiwan emerges a reborn and more democratic
Chuang, president, Formosan Association for Public Affairs,