If it walks like a duck
and it quacks like a duck
then it is a duck, right?
Taiwan seems to meet all the criteria for a country:
A permanent population, Territory, its own currency, postal service, military, etc.
If only it were that simple....
I would LOVE to see Taiwan recognized as an independent country.
People are rooting for Taiwan and can't see why everybody seems to be ganging up on this underdog. Taiwan is constantly humiliated and shut out of the international community.
But if you understand the relevant laws, then you would see that, unless some changes are made to the government there, then it can never be a normalized independent country. Here's why:
The government which is running Taiwan is called the Republic of China, or ROC for short. It has democratized but it is still the same government.
Taiwan ( then known as Formosa) was legal and internationally recognized Japanese territory since 1895, when it was ceded by China. China had only made it a province of China ten years before, in 1885.
When WW2 ended, in 1945, Taiwan was still Japanese territory. The US instructed Generalissimo Chiang Kai Shek of the ROC to receive the surrender of the Japanese troops on Formosa. The US was the conquerer and the primary occupier. The ROC was the subordinate occupier. The ROC moved right in and acted like they owned the place. They lost no time in showing just how brutal, corrupt and inept they were. They proceeded to steal everything that wasn't nailed down. They forced all the Taiwanese people to become ROC citizens en masse, which is a war crime. These citizenships are invalid. The people of occupied territories have certain rights under international law and the Geneva convention. But for war crimes, they were just getting warmed up. They followed in 1947 with the 2-28 massacre in which they killed just about anyone who could be a threat to their power. As many as 30,000 unarmed people were gunned down by the ROC troops. This was followed by martial law and the white terror. Taiwanese abroad were not safe either. Even some university students were actually ROC spies who reported back on any Taiwan independence activities on American campuses. The present KMT candidate for the upcoming presidential elections, Ma, Ying-Jiou was one of these. Routinely Taiwanese were murdered by ROC secret police on US soil. A famous book was written by the naval attache, George H. Kerr, exposing the evils of the ROC regime and the events of the 2-28 massacre. After the first printing in 1965, the ROC promptly bought the copyright and it has been out of print since. It can be seen online in its entirety http://www.romanization.com/books/formosabetrayed/index.html
The only document with force of law regarding territorial sovereignty is a signed and ratified treaty. Let's examine the relevant treaty to Taiwan sovereignty: Japan ceded Taiwan in the San Francisco Peace Treaty in 1951 (to take effect in 1952). No receiving government was named. This was entirely intentional. Neither the ROC, nor the PRC were invited to the proceedings.The US didn't want Taiwan for itself for fear of being branded imperialist. The ROC were good lobbyists. The Chiangs were christians and were the darlings of the religious right in America so there was signifigant political pressure for the US to "return" Taiwan to the ROC (no one seemed to care about the rights of the Taiwanese-but then all the leaders and intellectuals who might have lobbied in the US for Taiwanese rights were now either dead or rotting away in ROC prisons). The US didn't want to give it to the ROC (as originally intended) since the ROC had already lost the civil war in China. And they sure as hell weren't going to give something as strategically important as Taiwan to the communists. Therefore starting in 1952, Taiwan has been a cession whose status is undetermined. Its sovereignty is still held in trust by the principal occupier named in the treaty , which is the USA. Untill there is a new treaty to supplant it, the Taiwan cession is in interim status to this day.
Taiwan is not legitimate ROC territory. They don't even say that themselves in their own constitution! The only ROC territory under their control are the islands of Kinmen and Matsu of Fujian Province, China. The rest of China is under PRC control.
Taiwan is a cession under US trusteeship. the PRC can bluster all they want, they've got no case at all.
The ROC is illegitimate. It is nothing more than a government in exile of CHINA which should have disappeared in 1949. The people of Taiwan are not legitimate ROC citizens.
The ROC only seems to have a territory.
The ROC only seems to have a permanent population.
It has neither.
Until the ROC is dissolved and a government of Taiwan is formed, then Taiwan cannot be an independent country. The worst thing is, the Taiwanese people have been brainwashed by the ROC government since childhood to be unaware of their own history and their rights. Since they are so unaware, they can't possibly take the correct course of action to save themselves.
The USA is responsible for the Taiwan cession but for political expediency it is sweeping it under the rug.
The Taiwanese have suffered all these 62 years because of Americas irresponsibility. SHAME ON YOU!
Taiwan deserves a chance. Taiwan should have been independent in the 1940's