Legal status of Taiwan


Legal status of Taiwan

The legal question of which legal entity holds "de jure" sovereignty over the island of Taiwan is a controversial issue. Various legal claims have been made by the People's Republic of China (PRC), the Republic of China (ROC), and supporters of Taiwan independence over this question, with a variety of arguments advanced by all sides. The question has significant bearing on the political status of Taiwan, and touches upon many aspects of international law. On a "de facto" basis, sovereignty over Taiwan is exercised by the Republic of China.

Historical overview

Taiwan (Formosa) and the Pescadores were permanently ceded by Qing Dynasty China to Imperial Japan via Articles 2b and 2c of the Treaty of Shimonoseki in May 8, 1895 in one of what the Chinese term as an unequal treaty. Kinmen and Matsu Islands on the coast of Fukien, and the islands in the South China Sea currently administered by the Republic of China on Taiwan were not part of the cession.

In 1895, subsequent to the Treaty of Shimonoseki, officials in Taiwan declared independence in the hope of returning the island to Qing rule. The Republic of Taiwan (1895) collapsed after 12 days due to political infighting, but local leaders continued resistance in the hope of achieving self-rule. The incoming Japanese crushed the island's independence bid in a five-month campaign.

The Chinese Qing Dynasty was subsequently overthrown and replaced by the Republic of China (ROC). Upon the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War, the ROC declared the Treaty of Shimonoseki void in its declaration of war on Japan. The war soon merged with World War II, and Japan was subsequently defeated in 1945 by the Allied Powers, of which the ROC was a part.

The United States entered the War in December 1941. Most military attacks against Japanese installations and Japanese troops in Taiwan were conducted by United States military forces. At the Cairo Conference, the U.S., United Kingdom, and the ROC agreed that Taiwan was to be restored to the ROC after the war, and the Potsdam Declaration outlined the terms of surrender.

When Japan unconditionally surrendered, it accepted in its Instrument of Surrender the terms of the Potsdam Declaration. Japanese troops in Taiwan were directed to surrender to the representatives of the Supreme Allied Commander in the China Theater, Chiang Kai-shek (i.e. the Republic of China military forces), according to the directions of General Douglas MacArthur, head of the United States Military Government, in General Order No. 1, which was issued September 2, 1945. Chief Executive Chen Yi soon proclaimed "Taiwan Retrocession Day" on October 25, 1945.

When the 228 Incident erupted in February 28, 1947, the U.S. Consulate-General in Taipei prepared a report in early March, calling for an immediate intervention in the name of the U.S. or the United Nations. Based on the argument that the Japanese surrender did not formally transfer sovereignty, Taiwan was still legally part of Japan and occupied by the United States (with administrative authority for the occupation delegated to the Chinese Nationalists), and a direct intervention was appropriate for a territory with such status. This proposed intervention, however, was rejected by the U.S. State Department. In a news report on the aftermath of the "228 Incident", some Formosans were reported to be talking of appealing to the United Nations to put the island under an international mandate, since China's possession of Taiwan had not been formalized by any international treaties by that time and the island was therefore still under belligerent occupation.Citation
url=http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F10F1EF63B5F1A7A93C2AA1788D85F438485F9
title=FORMOSANS' PLEA FOR RED AID SEEN; Harsh Repression of Revolt Is Expected to Increase Efforts to Escape Rule by China
last=Durdin
first=Tillman
date=March 30, 1947
publisher=New York Times
accessdate=2007-10-06
] They later made a demand for a treaty role to be represented at the forthcoming peace conference on Japan, in the hope of requesting a plebiscite to determine the island's political future. [Citation
url=http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F5061FFF395E17738DDDAC0894D8415B8788F1D3
title=Formosans Ask Treaty Role
date=October 5, 1947
publisher=New York Times
accessdate=2007-10-06
]

After the outbreak of the Korean War, U.S. President Harry S. Truman decided to "neutralize" Taiwan claiming that it could otherwise trigger another world war. In June 1950, President Truman, who had previously given only passive support to Chiang Kai-shek and was prepared to see Taiwan fall into the hands of the Chinese Communists, vowed to stop the spread of communism and sent the U.S. Seventh Fleet into the Taiwan Strait to prevent the PRC from attacking Taiwan, but also to prevent the ROC from attacking mainland China. He declared that "the determination of the future status of Formosa must await the restoration of security in the Pacific, a peace settlement with Japan, or consideration by the United Nations." [Citation
url=http://www.trumanlibrary.org/publicpapers/viewpapers.php?pid=800
title=Statement by the President on the Situation in Korea
date=June 27, 1950
publisher=Truman library
accessdate=2007-10-06
] President Truman later reaffirmed the position "that all questions affecting Formosa be settled by peaceful means as envisaged in the Charter of the United Nations" in his special message to the Congress in July 1950. [Citation
url=http://www.trumanlibrary.org/publicpapers/viewpapers.php?pid=822
title=Special Message to the Congress Reporting on the Situation in Korea
date=July 19, 1950
accessdate=2007-10-06
] The PRC denounced his moves as flagrant interference in the internal affairs of China.

On September 8, 1950, President Truman ordered John Foster Dulles, then Foreign Policy Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State, to carry out his decision on "neutralizing" Taiwan in drafting the Treaty of Peace with Japan (San Francisco Peace Treaty) of 1951. According to George H. Kerr's memoir "Formosa Betrayed", Dulles devised a plan whereby Japan would first merely renounce its sovereignty over Taiwan without a recipient country to allow the sovereignty over Taiwan to be determined together by the United States, the United Kingdom, Soviet Union, and Republic of China on behalf of other nations on the peace treaty. The question of Taiwan would be taken into the United Nations (which the ROC was still part), if these four parties could not reach into an agreement within one year.

When Japan regained sovereignty over itself in 1952 with the conclusion of the San Francisco Peace Treaty with 48 nations, Japan renounced all claims and title over Taiwan and the Pescadores. Many claim that Japanese sovereignty only terminated at that point. Notably absent at the peace conference was the ROC which was expelled from mainland China in December 1949 as a result of the Chinese Civil War and had retreated to Taiwan. The PRC, which was proclaimed October 1, 1949, was also not invited. The lack of invitation was probably due to the dispute over which government was the legitimate government of China (which both governments claimed to be); however, Cold War considerations might have played a part as well. Some major governments represented in the San Francisco Conference, such as the UK and Soviet Union, had already established relations with the PRC, while others, such as the U.S. and Japan, still held relations with the ROC.

The UK at that time stated for the record that the San Francisco Peace Treaty "itself does not determine the future of these islands," and therefore the UK, along with Australia and New Zealand, was happy to sign the peace treaty.Citation
url=http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2007/09/30/2003381074
title=John Tkacik on Taiwan: Taiwan's status remains 'unsettled'
date=September 30, 1997
author=John Tkacik
publisher=Taipei Times
page=8
] One of the major reasons that the delegate from the Soviet Union gave for not signing the treaty was that: "The draft contains only a reference to the renunciation by Japan of its rights to these territories [Taiwan] but intentionally omits any mention of the further fate of these territories."

Article 25 of this treaty officially stipulated that only the Allied Powers defined in the treaty could benefit from this treaty. China was not listed as one of the Allied Powers; however, article 21 still provided limited benefits from Articles 10 and 14(a)2 for China. Japan's cession of Taiwan is unusual in that no recipient of Taiwan was stated as part of Dulles's plan of "neutralizing" Taiwan. The ROC protested its lack of invitation to the San Francisco Peace conference, to no avail.

Subsequently, the Treaty of Taipei was concluded between the ROC and Japan (effective August 5, 1952), where Japan basically re-affirmed the terms of the San Francisco Peace Treaty, and formalized the peace between the ROC and Japan. It also nullified all previous treaties made between China and Japan, implicitly repealing the Treaty of Shimonoseki. Article 10 of the treaty specifies: "For the purposes of the present Treaty, nationals of the Republic of China shall be deemed to include all the inhabitants and former inhabitants of Taiwan (Formosa) and Penghu (the Pescadores) and their descendants who are of the Chinese nationality in accordance with the laws and regulations which have been or may hereafter be enforced by the Republic of China in Taiwan (Formosa) and Penghu (the Pescadores)." However, the ROC Minister of Foreign Affairs George Kung-ch'ao Yeh ( [http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E8%91%89%E5%85%AC%E8%B6%85 葉公超] ) told the Legislative Yuan after signing the treaty that: "The delicate international situation makes it that they [Taiwan and Penghu] do not belong to us. Under present circumstances, Japan has no right to transfer [Taiwan] to us; nor can we accept such a transfer from Japan even if she so wishes." In July 1971 the State Department's position was, and remains: "As Taiwan and the Pescadores are not covered by any existing international disposition, sovereignty over the area is an unsettled question subject to future international resolution."

Legal arguments

Arguments for the Republic of China and/or People's Republic of China sovereignty claims

Arguments common to both the PRC and ROC ("Chinese" here is an ambiguous term that could mean the PRC and/or ROC as legal government(s) of China.)
# Taiwan has been a part of Chinese territory since the Ming Dynasty (by written record).Dubious|date=April 2008
# The waging of aggressive war by Japan against China in 1937 and beyond violates the peace that was brokered in the Treaty of Shimonoseki, and with the declaration of war against Japan, that treaty is void. Therefore, with no valid transfer of sovereignty having taken place, the sovereignty of Taiwan naturally belongs to China.
# The Cairo Declaration of December 1, 1943 and Potsdam Proclamation of July 26, 1945 were accepted by Japan in its surrender. Those documents clearly state that Taiwan was to be restored to Chinese sovereignty (ROC) at the end of World War II.
# The proclamation of Taiwan Retrocession Day on October 25, 1945, by the ROC (when the PRC had not yet been founded) was entirely uncontested. Had another party been sovereign over Taiwan, that party would have had a period of years in which to protest, and its failure to do so represents cession of rights in the manner of prescription. The lack of protest by any non-Chinese government persists to this day, further strengthening this argument.
# The exclusion of Chinese governments (both ROC and PRC) in the negotiation process of the San Francisco Peace Treaty (SFPT) nullified any legal binding power of the SFPT on China. In addition, the fact that neither ROC nor PRC government ever ratified SFPT terms, prescribes that the SFPT is irrelevant to any discussion of Chinese sovereignty.
# Taiwanese culture and Chinese culture have many similarities, currently the majority of Taiwanese are descendants of Han Chinese who moved to Taiwan from mainland China.
# No states in the world recognize Taiwan as an independent state. Regardless of which government PRC or ROC is recognized, the recognition government is recognized as the legitimate government of all of China.

Arguments in support of ROC sovereignty claims
# The Treaty of Taipei formalized the peace between Japan and the ROC. In it, Japan reaffirmed Cairo Declaration and Potsdam Declaration and voided all treaties conducted between China and Japan (including the Treaty of Shimonoseki).
# Applying the principle of "uti possidetis" with regard to the Treaty of Taipei would grant Taiwan's sovereignty to the ROC, as it is undisputed that at the coming into force of the treaty, the ROC controlled Taiwan. [Citation
url=http://old.npf.org.tw/PUBLICATION/NS/093/NS-C-093-187.htm
date=November 22,2004
title=Is sovereignty over Taiwan undecided?
publisher=National Policy Foundation
author=Joe Hung
accessdate=2007-10-06
]
# Article 4 of the ROC Constitution clearly states that "The territory of the Republic of China" is defined "according to its existing national boundaries . . . " Taiwan was historically part of China and is therefore naturally included therein.
# Post WWII, no country ever contested ROC's sovereignty over Taiwan till now, except old civil war rival PRC. The absence of contest from non-Chinese entities validates ROC's sovereignty claim over Taiwan.
# The ROC - USA Mutual Defense Treaty of 1955 implicitly recognizes ROC sovereignty over Taiwan.
# While Taiwan independence supporters once used arguments not in favor of Chinese sovereignty to dispute to legitimacy of the Kuomintang-controlled government that ruled over Taiwan, these arguments have been dropped by a majority (except the most extreme) supporters of independence due to the democratization of Taiwan. This has allowed the more moderate supporters of independence, such as President Chen Shui-bian, to stress the popular sovereignty theory in order to accept the legitimacy of the Republic of China (whose government the Democratic Progressive Party now controls) in Taiwan. President Chen has repeatedly confirmed that the "Republic of China is Taiwan."

Arguments in support of PRC sovereignty claims
# The PRC does not recognize the validity of any of the unequal treaties the Qing signed in the "century of humiliation," as it considers them all unjust and illegal. As such, the cession of Taiwan in the 1895 Treaty of Shimonoseki actually never took place in a "de jure" fashion. The PRC, as the successor to the Qing and ROC in that order, therefore inherited the sovereignty of Taiwan.
# The return of the sovereignty of Taiwan to the ROC was confirmed on October 25, 1945, on the basis of the Cairo Declaration, Potsdam Proclamation , Japanese Instrument of Surrender, and the invalidity of the Treaty of Shimonoseki. According to United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2758, the PRC became the successor government to the ROC in representing China, and as such the PRC unquestionably holds the sovereignty of Taiwan.
# The Preamble to the 1982 version of the PRC Constitution states that "Taiwan is part of the sacred territory of the People's Republic of China. It is the lofty duty of the entire Chinese people, including our compatriots in Taiwan, to accomplish the great task of reunifying the motherland. In building socialism it is imperative to rely on the workers, peasants and intellectuals and unite with all the forces that can be united." (The 1978 version of the PRC Constitution was the first to mention the PRC's claims over Taiwan; previous incarnations were silent about Taiwan.)

Arguments for Taiwanese self-sovereignty claims

Arguments for Taiwan already being an independent, sovereign nation
# The peace that was brokered in the Treaty of Shimonoseki was breached by the Boxer Rebellion, which led to the conclusion of the Boxer Protocol of 1901 (Peace Agreement between the Great Powers and China), [Citation
url=http://www.china1900.info/ereignisse/boxerprotokoll.htm
title=Boxer Protocol, Peking 7. September 1901; Peace Agreement between the Great Powers
publisher=China um 1900; in Den Ugen Der Zeit
accessdate=2007-10-06
] and China, not by the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Treaty of Shimonoseki was a dispositive treaty, therefore it is not voidable or nullifiable (this doctrine being that treaties specifying particular actions which can be "completed," once the action "gets completed," cannot be voided or reversed without a new treaty specifically reversing that clause). Hence, the "unequal treaty doctrine" cannot be applied to this treaty. By way of comparison, as 200,000,000 Kuping taels were not returned to China from Japan, and Korea had not become a Chinese-dependent country again, the cession in the treaty was executed and cannot be nullified. The disposition of Formosa and the Pescadores in this treaty was a legitimate cession by conquest, confirmed by treaty, and thus is not a theft, as described as "all the territories Japan has stolen from the Chinese" in Cairo Declaration. It should also be noted that the Qing court exercised effective rule over primarily the west coast of Taiwan only, and even then did not regard the area as an integral part of national Chinese territory.
# The so-called Cairo Declaration was merely an unsigned press communique which does not carry a legal status, while the Potsdam Proclamation and Instrument of Surrender are simply modus vivendi and armistice that function as temporary records and do not bear legally binding power to transfer sovereignty. Good faith of interpretation only takes place at the level of treaties.
# The retrocession proclaimed by ROC in 1945 was legally null and impossible since Taiwan was still "de jure" part of Japan before the post-war San Francisco Peace Treaty came into effect on April 28, 1952. Consequently, the announcement of the mass-naturalization of native Taiwanese persons as ROC citizens in January 1946 is unjust and void ab initio. After the San Francisco Peace Treaty came into effect, the sovereignty of Taiwan naturally belonged to the Taiwanese people.
# Chinese claims of culture, history, and irredentism do not constitute legal bases for recognizing any transfer of sovereignty to China.
# Sovereignty transfer to the ROC by prescription does not apply to Taiwan's case since::1) Prescription is the manner of acquiring property by a long, honest, and uninterrupted possession or use during the time required by law. The possession must have been "possessio longa, continua, et pacifica, nec sit ligitima interruptio" (long, continued, peaceable, and without lawful interruption). For prescription to apply, the state with title to the territory must acquiesce to the action of the other state. Yet, PRC has never established an occupation on Taiwan and exercised sovereignty for one single day, 2) Prescription as a rule for acquiring sovereignty itself is not universally accepted. The International Court of Justice ruled that Belgium retained its sovereignty over territories even by non-assertion of its rights and by acquiescence to acts of sovereign control alleged to have been exercised by the Netherlands over a period of 109 years., [Citation
url=http://www.icj-cij.org/icjwww/idecisions/isummaries/ibnlsummary590620.htm
title=CASE CONCERNING SOVEREIGNTY OVER CERTAIN FRONTIER LAND
date=20 June 1959
publisher=International Court of Justice
accessdate=2007-10-06
(from internet archive)
] 3) Also by way of comparison, even after 38 years of continuous control, the international community did not recognize sovereignty rights to the Gaza Strip by Israel, and the Israeli cabinet formally declared an end to military rule there as of September 12, 2005, with a removal of all Israeli settlers and military bases from the Strip, 4) A pro-independence group, which formed a "Provisional Government of Formosa" in 2000, argued that both the 228 incident of 1947 and the Provisional Government of Formosa have constituted protests against ROC government's claim of retrocession within a reasonable twenty-five year (or more) acquiescence period, [Citation
url=http://www.taiwannation.com.tw/cairo05.htm
title=中國國務院台辦新聞發佈會實錄
language=Chinese
publisher=taiwannation.com.tw
accessdate=2007-10-06
] 5) Taiwanese residents were unable to make a protest after the 228 incident due to the authoritarian rule under KMT regime which suppressed all pro-independence opinion, 6) Japan was not able to cast a protest as it was under military occupation at the time; however it did not renounce its sovereignty over Taiwan until April 28, 1952. [Citation
url=http://www.taiwandocuments.org/sovereignty.htm
title=Sovereignty
publisher=Taiwan Documents Project
accessdate=2007-10-06
]

Arguments by various groups that claim Taiwan should declare itself to be an independent sovereign nation
# As one of the "territories which detached from enemy states as a result of the Second World War" defined in the articles 76b and 77b of the United Nations Charter, which China signed in 1945 and also defined in the protocol of Yalta Conference, Taiwan qualifies for the UN trusteeship program, and after a period of time would later be considered fully independent. The ROC, as a founding member of the United Nations, has a treaty obligation to comply with the UN Charter and to help the people living in Taiwan enjoy the right of self-determination.
# The San Francisco Peace Treaty is definitive, where Japan ceded Taiwan without specifying a clear recipient. China was prohibited from acquiring Taiwan sovereignty as a benefit when the treaty was finalized. Moreover, the Treaty of Taipei only became effective on Aug. 5, 1952, over three months after the coming into force of the San Francisco Peace Treaty on April 28, 1952. Hence, the Treaty of Taipei cannot be interpreted to have ceded the sovereignty of Taiwan to the ROC or the PRC, as Japan cannot cede what it no longer possessed.
# Since the peace brokered in the Boxer Protocol of 1901 was breached by the second Sino-Japanese War, the San Francisco Peace Treaty specifies that the date to be used in returning territory to China in Article 10 was 1901, not 1895. The postliminium restoration of China was completed without sovereignty over Taiwan since Taiwan was not part of China when the first Chinese Republic was established in 1911. Moreover, the Treaty of Taipei was abrogated by Japan upon the PRC's request in 1972.
# Cession of Taiwan without a recipient was neither unusual nor unique, since Cuba, as a precedent, was ceded by Spain without recipient in Treaty of Paris of 1898 as the result of Spanish-American War. Cuba reached independence in May 1902. At the end of WWII, Libya and Somaliland were also relinquished without recipient by Italy in the Treaty of peace with Italy of 1947 and both reached independence later.
# In the Six Assurances offered to Taiwan in the 1980s, the U.S. is explicit in not recognizing the sovereignty claim over Taiwan by the PRC. The U.S. also denied the sovereignty claim by the ROC in a congressional report in the 1970s. [Citation
url=http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/tkacik200410290855.asp
title=Kung Pao Taiwan; Powell’s remarks in Taiwan are Asia’s “Chicken Kiev.”
author=John J. Tkacik Jr.
publisher=National Review online
accessdate=2007-10-06
]
# The Nationality Law of the Republic of China was originally promulgated in February 1929. However, no amendment or change to this law or any other law has ever been made by the Legislative Yuan in the post WWII period to reflect any mass-naturalization of native Taiwanese persons as ROC citizens. This is important because Article 10 of the Treaty of Taipei specifies: "For the purposes of the present Treaty, nationals of the Republic of China shall be deemed to include all the inhabitants and former inhabitants of Taiwan (Formosa) and Penghu (the Pescadores) and their descendents who are of the Chinese nationality in accordance with the laws and regulations which have been or may hereafter be enforced by the Republic of China in Taiwan (Formosa) and Penghu (the Pescadores) ... " Since no relevant laws or regulations have ever been promulgated, there is no legal basis to consider native Taiwanese persons as ROC citizens.
# The sovereignty of Taiwan naturally belongs to the Taiwanese people, who are entitled to form their own government under the nomenclature of their own chosing. According to recent polls in Taiwan, an increasing percentage of the populace favors Taiwan independence under the moniker of Republic of Taiwan (ROT). Self-determination is a fundamental right of people everywhere.
# Furthermore it is recognized that the ROC government currently administering Taiwan is not the same ROC that accepted Japanese surrender in 1945, because the ruling authorities were given popular mandate by different pools of constituencies: one is the mainland Chinese electorate, the other local Taiwanese. The popular sovereignty theory, to which the Pan-Green coalition subscribes, emphasizes that Taiwan could make fundamental constitutional changes and choose a new national title by means of a popular referendum. (In contrast, the ROC legal theory, which is supported by the Pan-Blue coalition suggests that any fundamental constitutional changes would require that the amendment procedure of the ROC constitution be followed.)
# Nevertheless the popular sovereignty theory (which currently has wide support in Taiwan) does not contradict any arguments in favor of self-determination, nor does it affirm arguments in favor of Chinese sovereignty. This means that at present the only obstacle against declaring Taiwan independence is a lack of consensus among the Taiwanese people to do so; however it is clear that the consensus is changing as the Taiwanese people begin preparations for their 15th application for entrance to the United Nations in the fall of 2007.
# The San Francisco Peace Treaty's omission of China as a participant was not an accident of history, but reflected the very true fact that the ROC had failed to maintain its original position as the "de jure" and "de facto" government of China. By fleeing to occupied Taiwan in December 1949, the ROC had already become a government in exile.
# Under international law, there are no actions which a government in exile can take in its current location of residence in order to be recognized as the local legitimate government. Hence, Taiwan's current international problems have arisen from the fact that the ROC government in exile is not internationally recognized as the legitimate government of Taiwan. The ROC should be dissolved and succeeded by the ROT.

Arguments for United States sovereignty claims

A small number of people have argued that the United States holds in trust the sovereignty over Taiwan based on the San Francisco Peace Treaty's cession of Taiwan without a recipient. [Cite news
url=http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2006/12/31/2003342809
title=Taiwan is US Territory
Letter: Taiwan is US territory
author=Roger Lin
date=December 31, 2006
page=8
publisher=Taipei Times
accessdate=2007-10-06
] Article 23 of the San Francisco Peace Treaty designated the US as "the principal occupying power" with respect to the territories covered by the geographical scope of the treaty, including "Formosa and the Pescadores".The argument also states that the ROC troops were acting under the directions of the United States when entering Taiwan. The relationship has never been formally terminated, hence the basis for the claim.

ee also

* Anti-Secession Law of the People's Republic of China
* History of China
* History of Taiwan
* Political status of Taiwan
* Free Area of the Republic of China
* Taiwan Province
* Taiwan Province, People's Republic of China

Further reading

*Bush, R. & O'Hanlon, M. (2007). "A War Like No Other: The Truth About China's Challenge to America". Wiley. ISBN 0471986771
*Bush, R. (2006). "Untying the Knot: Making Peace in the Taiwan Strait". Brookings Institution Press. ISBN 0815712901
*Carpenter, T. (2006). "America's Coming War with China: A Collision Course over Taiwan". Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 1403968411
*Cole, B. (2006). "Taiwan's Security: History and Prospects". Routledge. ISBN 0415365813
*Copper, J. (2006). "Playing with Fire: The Looming War with China over Taiwan". Praeger Security International General Interest. ISBN 0275988880
*Federation of American Scientists et al. (2006). [http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/china/Book2006.pdf Chinese Nuclear Forces and U.S. Nuclear War Planning]
*Gill, B. (2007). "Rising Star: China's New Security Diplomacy". Brookings Institution Press. ISBN 0815731469
*Shirk, S. (2007). "China: Fragile Superpower: How China's Internal Politics Could Derail Its Peaceful Rise". Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195306090
*Tsang, S. (2006). "If China Attacks Taiwan: Military Strategy, Politics and Economics". Routledge. ISBN 0415407850
*Tucker, N.B. (2005). "Dangerous Strait: the U.S.-Taiwan-China Crisis". Columbia University Press. ISBN 0231135645

Notes

External links

* [http://fmprc.gov.cn/eng/ Foreign Ministry of the People's Republic of China] en
* [http://www.gio.gov.tw/ Government Information Office - Republic of China] en
* [http://www.gwytb.gov.cn:8088/list.asp?table=WhitePaper&title=White%20Papers%20On%20Taiwan%20Issue Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council - White Papers on Taiwan Issue] by the PRC
* [http://www1.chinataiwan.org/web/webportal/W5023216/index.html China Taiwan Information Center] (PRC perspective)
*Citation
url=http://www.cfr.org/publication/7913/preventing_a_war_over_taiwan.html
title=Preventing a War Over Taiwan
author=Kenneth Lieberthal
month=March/April
year=2005
publisher=Council on Foreign Relations
accessdate=2007-10-06

* [http://www.taiwandocuments.org/ Taiwan Documents Project] en A complete collection of Taiwan-related documents, based in Los Angeles, USA (favors Taiwan Independence)
* [http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=458000 Taiwan and the World Trade Organization (by Steve Charnovitz)]
* [http://ssrn.com/abstract=1103384 Who Owns Taiwan: A Dissection of International Title]


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