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A Study of State-building through De-sinicization: Taiwan’s Rectification of State Name and Its Limitations Viewed from the Unsettled International Status

  • 중앙사론
  • 2015, (41), pp.263-303
  • Publisher : Institute for Historical Studies at Chung-Ang University
  • Research Area : Humanities > History

Byoungseok Park 1

1서울사이버대학교

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ABSTRACT

The People's Republic of China, Taiwan’s Kuomintang of China, and the UN currently consider the Republic of China and the People's Republic of China are separated entities, and interfere the sovereign “independence” of Taiwan or the Republic of China. However, Taiwan’s nationalists and the mainstream group of the Democratic Progressive Party pursue complete independence from China by the rectification of state name. On the basis of Taiwan's unsettled international status, Taiwan has the right to independence from the People’s Republic of China. Although the international community recognizes the principle of “one China,” it does not have the right to deny the legitimacy of Taiwanese self-determination and impose the idea that Taiwan is part of China. For Taiwan to form a nation-state, it should choose to call itself “Taiwan,” instead of its official name: “the Republic of China.” Regardless of the international community’s recognition of the People's Republic of China as the “one China,” Taiwan should implement its policy of “one Taiwan, one China” and not use the name “China.” It should give up on the name “the Republic of China” and not fight against the People's Republic of China for the right to representation. Taiwan could become an independent country recognized by the international community and conform to international rules only by declaring itself to be a new country unrelated to China.

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