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Who is concocting 'Taiwan Question'?
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13:51, May 06, 2009

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By Li Hongmei People's Daily Online

Playing the same old tune, Saito, head of the Taipei Office of Japan's Interchange Association, again hyped the theory of 'undecided situation of Taiwan' just in time to chime with the Japanese PM Taro Aso's recent trip to China. His statement also echoed the unbridled clamor made lately by the Right Wing Forces within Japan preaching 'Taiwanese are not Chinese.' The despicable acts with unscrupulous interference into China's internal affairs will be definitely deemed as a political poor show, in defiance of international law and fairness, by the Chinese people across the Taiwan Straits.

It is already an unanswerable fact that some Western powers have for years aided and abetted 'Taiwan Independence' forces. And it is well-documented that as far back as 19th century the Chinese island had been highly-coveted by the U.S.-led Western allies including Japan. When the Korean War broke out in 1950s, the U.S. assumed that it could pounce upon the opportunity to carry out a long-brewed plan, in which Taiwan would be declared as an enclave under the authority of the U.S. or the United Nations.

In 1951, the U.S. put forward the proposal to stage the so-called San Francisco Peace Treaty on Taiwan Question, Japan followed suit, and some other designated Western powers showed endorsement, without China's presence. The treaty aimed to cultivate a puppet government in Taiwan in coincidence with a litany of subversive activities then to overturn the de facto Taiwanese position.

Judged by the international standards, San Francisco Peace Treaty is in essence a false document, as it lacks the desirable elements of truth and legitimacy to make up a formal paper. Even the then U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, who was also one of the creators of the treaty, wrote in his memo, 'the procedures involved (in devising the document) were totally illogical, and it still makes me feel ashamed if ever I happen to think of the role I had acted in working out those strategies.'

Today, in a vain attempt, Saito, as an iron-clad fan to the 'Taiwan Independence' preacher Lee Tenghui, brought up the cliché aiming to confuse the Taiwanese public and distort the Chinese history. It will be doomed to a failure. As a matter of fact, 'Taiwanese-Position-is-Undecided' Theory is the extension to the notorious San Francisco Peace Treaty, and like the treaty, it also cannot hold true in factual content and is superimposed on others by power and coercion. And the so-called peace treaty and attached to it the 'Undecided Taiwanese Position' Theory is nothing but an act to deprive Taiwan of the Chinese sovereignty, which not only proves an unspeakable distortion of the Chinese history and reality, but sets a bad precedent to international rules and treaties, and which is literally a farce staged by super powers.

As is well-known, Taiwan has been an inseparable part of China's territory since antiquity. Both the 1943 Cairo Declaration and the 1945 Potsdam Proclamation have reaffirmed in unequivocal terms China's sovereignty over Taiwan as a matter of international law. This is an objective reality that cannot be changed by anybody. To date, more than 160 countries in the world have diplomatic relations with China, with the general recognition of the one-China principle, and Taiwan being a part of China.

In recent days, a thaw has emerged in the long-frayed relations across Taiwan Straits, and with this, the momentum looms to ease tension and settle many of the thorny problems afflicting both sides. At this critical juncture, some people with ulterior motives again started to sort out the stale topics which should have discarded long ago in an attempt to incite trouble across the Straits. They are actually concocting an insidious poison harming both the regional stability and interests of the entire Asia.

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