Written and Published by Han Institute, February 17, 2014
ROC Settlement Proposal Won't Be on Peace Surrender Terms
What ROC went through on China’s mainland typifies many central governments’ efforts in resistance war against foreign invasion. This precious history page is unfortunately lost on the horizon. But it only takes some effort to find the correct materials to inform your conscience.
Amidst the ROC Nationalist party’s honorary chairman Lian Chan’s visit to mainland China ruled by one Communist party, we want to remind him of history during North and South Dynasty, 420 AD —589 AD. One thing in common, is that both South Dynasty government and the Nationalist government fought the resistance war bravely.
When the northern part of China was taken over by the Xian Bei race, the Southern Dynasty conducted a resistance war to preserve land. So were the Nationalists in the modern day resistance war.
In 451 AD, Northern Wei Dynasty finally decided to return back to the north as they saw the South Dynasty had carried out great resistance war and with a good navy, because China coastal people excelled in sea power. The Northern Wei Emperor finally retreated back to north of Yellow River.
As they were passing the villages, they would flatten the land with not one inch of green grass left, beheaded the men, and tortured the infants with spears as racial genocide just like Japanese did in Nanjing 1937 with bayonets, soldiers competing as a game to see who cut off the most heads.
Yes, the dark humanity required the brave Nationalists just like the Southern Dynasty's courageous men to conduct resistance battles.
Resistance War, Converging War and Peace Dividends
However, the world perception about the Nationalists is only limited to the Chiang and Soong family. It is not clear how peace in China and Taiwan was obtained.
Peace dividends were not shared by the masses of people with the government organization who had great contribution and sacrifice in mainland China or Taiwan. Where is our peace dividend? If the peace dividend is only given to a few families which may not have made any contribution, we need historical truth and justice from ROC and PRC.
One thing in common on both mainland China and Taiwan
The privileged class and families take all the resources. The minorities in Taiwan are the descendants of the Nationalists, who didn't get any compensation, while the public land was given to 175,000 Taiwanese local households. This of course enabled the majority with the capital seeds to fund and build up more enterprises.
So these are the uneven playing fields and policies we are trying to address, and to reform and correct.
During the rule of Chiang Kai-shek, his son Chiang Ching-guo, successor Lee Denghui, and DPP Chen Shui Bian the minority’s interest had always been overlooked.
The privileged ruling class has been managing the country with our hard-earned sovereignty. But where are our rights? Our land was taken over by Communist China and people spent their youth in fending off the fascists. When we came to Taiwan we were hated by the colonial Taiwanese who were under colonial Japanese indoctrination. We had not much say due to the land policy favorable to the local Taiwanese.
So the privileged family like Lien Chan or his son cannot represent us as a class, so the PRC must address to the true Nationalist people who devoted their lives for the country’s sovereignty but have little rights in Taiwan and no rights in China.
Resistance War, Converging Battles, and Peace Dividend Issue
Comparison of North and South Dynasty to current two sets of Constitutions in China and Taiwan
Despite we freed China from fascists, we didn't get restful days to relax, but were evicted by Mao conniving with Stalin. The One China Policy is dodging the historical truth that WWII peace was earned by the Nationalists who bravely fought off the fascist Japan. But the heroes left in the cold to have no peace dividends.
The Resistance war started on July 7, 1937 and afterwards, a few large-scale converging battles were instrumented. The first one was the Shanghai Defense battle in August 1937, the second was Taierzhuang in March-April 1938, the third was Wuhan Defense war February through October 1938.
Throughout the wartime, the Nationalist government still convened in managing the interior and foreign relations, and advanced political structure. My grandfather was one of the political delegates who convened to develop the national constitution and congress, which was implemented post-World War II, with the January 1, 1947 promulgation of the constitution and the first election of the legislature members in 1948. This was a long process over many years, from the fledgling convention and policy-making into the eventual governing constructs and institutions.
We didn't surrender. In 1945 Japan surrendered unconditionally to Republic of China. Japan turned over sovereignty and the occupied pacific lands like Taiwan and Penghu to ROC.
We still own mainland China sovereignty. Although we have no ruling executive power in the mainland because of the Civil War, however no one signed any agreement to relinquish the sovereignty.
Some defectors surrendered to Beijing in 1949, but the Central Government avoided Mao and relocated to Guangdong and later Taiwan.
The Communists didn't participate in the Converging wars, and only participated in 1% of the resistance war effort, then, why can they claim the 100% of the entire China mainland?
We need to institute the ruling of fair justice to make the peace dividends shared.
Peace Dividend Sharing Proposal:
1. Recognize the Nationalist contributions and the rights to claim sovereignty over mainland China. 2. Taiwan Strait joint planning committee in organizing co-sharing the ruling executive rights. 3. If CCP delays KMT branch setting up points in Guangdong, Fujian, Hainan, as late as possible, this only wastes precious time with all the great minds sitting idle. You should strike the iron while it's hot, not after it has turned cold.
We don't want Lian Chan to be like Shi Jingtang, (892AD－942AD). He sold out 16 counties to Qidan so he could build his own empire, was willing to kneel down, and referred himself as 'son emperor'.
Taiwanese Definition: The Chinese Culture’s Value to Revive China
Taiwan is the place where, for example, the Han culture dance came across the Taiwan Strait, they preserved the Han court dance, called Cloud Gate Choreographer Group. This was lost on the mainland during the Cultural Revolution. A teacher in Shi Da (Teachers University) taught the founder, Lin Huaimin.
The infrastructure was built up by government personnel from mainland China, like the Taiwan Electricity power plant by Prime Minister Sun Yunxuan. Taiwan Semiconductor was founded with Nationalist governmental support. Also the political structure like the legislature was founded by senators from mainland China.
Taiwanese locals (who have been in Taiwan for several generations, as opposed to 1949) never have any compassion or the capability to feel for the Nanjing Rape, as they were under the Japanese colonial system after Jia Wu in 1894, when Taiwan was given to Japan, and were not redeemed back by the Nationalist government until post WWII 1945.
Talking to Taiwanese about reconciliation with China is almost like negotiating with someone who was not involved. We lost homes, lives, youth, time, in expelling the invaders, but Taiwanese identity during World War II was as colonial subjects of the Japanese, the very invaders. So Taiwanese do not have the same compassion to go back to mainland China, as they were given the public land which mainlanders fought so hard to earn.
Throughout Chinese history, there have always been central governments who resisted against invasion. Comparing fascist Japan to Northern Dynasty invasion, Nationalist Chinese did the works to expel them as did the Southern Dynasty.
Who represent our voice to talk to mainland China to reconcile the civil war issue?
Taiwan’s already-privileged families understand nothing about Equal Amendments.
If Taiwan is controlled by a few families, these already well-off ones know nothing about the disadvantaged, in lack of works because of discrimination against them as they are not considered local even they were born in Taiwan, but due to the parents from mainland they don’t speak the Taiwanese dialect (Minnan), so they are deprived of all works.
One person is an exception, we see some hope. We have Executive Yuan minister Jiang Yihua notice this lack of respect for mainlanders' rights by the Taiwanese majority and implemented the voting rights for the outside Taiwan overseas Chinese, and listing human rights as interior department’s main policies Feb 2010.
PM Jiang Yihua is a local Taiwanese, however he has great humanity training in the US political science, and he is able to see the plight of the minority and to help us out.
This is a small step, but demonstrates that we can count on some governmental measures in correcting the problems. We also anticipate real substantial reform in mainland China. It is more than a few banquets, it needs work and proposals.
Mainland people who migrated to Taiwan in 1949 have been subjected to two forms of terror. The recent one under DPP and Chen Shui-bian is a persecution of people who are from mainland China or whose parents are from mainland China. The earlier one is from cold war military white terror surveillance and suspicion by the Chiang Ching-kuo KGB-style secret police. Although there are good members of the intelligence community, he polluted the original works by the good members. So we have become the prey, and have been locked in with persecution fear and suppression for many years. We wish this deprivation of rights can be removed by a policy like the US Equal Rights Amendment, so that minorities need not fear, to allow them to live and work in Taiwan with dignity.
I have pointed out some history, some measures for the promotion of peace.
This is my hope to advance peace and not to wither the historical chance.
Throughout institutions establishments, and reforms, Since the Nationalists founded the capital in Nanjing 1928, for coming 10 years until 1937, they achieved great strides in economics. Then, from 1937 to 1945, they did the 8 years full-fledged resistance war against fascist Japan. We undeniably contributed to world peace. But where is our peace dividend?
Taiwan Industry Decline Reasons
Before we had Economic minister Yin Zhong Rong, working with US enterprises like GE to advance development. We had Economic minister KT Lee working with US Defense Secretary MacNamara in developing electric power plants.
Why Taiwan Enterprises withered and how to revitalize them.
1) Privatization of national enterprises in Taiwan
2) Financial system degraded, Gold Reform only benefits a few individuals in exploiting national enterprises like banks.
3) No reinvestment, the money going away to private hands. Government without long term investment in plants, like chip production plants. TSM was a great effort by the country’s visionaries to develop, but right now the country owns 51%, the rest is owned by private individuals. The second-largest chip maker, Lian Dian United transplanted everything to mainland China and their technology has been stolen, so they lack independent operations.
4) Taiwan car maker Yulong was courted to set up a manufacturing plant in Hangzhou's suburb Xiaoshan, which was the old Nationalist airport. This helped mainland China's domestic national car-making capability. Since then, Taiwan Yulong terminated one production line with the excuse of strategic alignment, but Taiwan lost jobs and lost a brand name.
5) Mainland China has built alliances to support Korean car business, all Beijing taxis are from Korea. Korea took Chinese ancient mojo soft power and brand name, Samsung symbolizing, means 3 stars, Luck, Profit, Longevity. Korea trade competition comes from cultivation of its own strength, not to count on regional alignment.
6) Mainland China is building up contemporary links like Alibaba to Yahoo.
7) Mainland built up ties to manufacture Apple products, and is becoming a production line for US enterprises, superseding Taiwan.
Two Diverse Political and Economical Structures
Mainland China forgot they are one party fully divested from the rest of the economy but yet they demand Taiwan a diversified political power to be submissive to a Communist structure.
What Taiwan needs is to develop industry and not realignment with Communist structure
"Skilled Executive rulers will honor consensus and the wish of the people in order to develop a profitable congenial society" by Shiji (History Compilation on Sun Tze Wuqi biography)
As Lian Chan visits China, we ask what the achievement will be, as no one is addressing the real substantive issue. Since his family was not involved in the war, and he is a member of the privileged class, he is not addressing the core problem. The central issue is that the peace dividend which the Nationalists fought for only goes to the privileged families in Taiwan and the majority of Taiwanese locals.
We need historical justice and peace dividends should be awarded to the Nationalists who resisted the fascists. The ruling class must hear the sound of our hearts. The developing trend for 1.3 billion people in China mainland is to hear the historical truth on the Nationalist achievements and our rights to govern China, and in Taiwan it is to seek fair ethnic balance and rights.
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