26, Apr 2009 03:19
Taiwan is Taiwan, not a Province of China.
To whom it may concern,
At your latest World Economic Outlook issued on April 4th, 2009, you mistakenly named Taiwan as “Taiwan, a Province of China” (pp. 4, 15, 37, 72, 82, 88, 89 ). This is an unacceptable and inappropriate act against professionalism by default.
Taiwan which bears the title as “Republic of China” is not a part of China, let alone a province of it. This island is not covered within the sovereign sphere of China. China never exercises her sovereignty on this island. In 1945, Japan, the last legal ruler of Taiwan, abandoned her sovereignty over Taiwan without handing it over to any regime. On his statement for Neutralization of the Strait of Formosa on June 27th 1950, former U.S. President Harry Truman pointed out 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”. In the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty, the international community (including the U.S.) purposefully left the status of Taiwan, formerly a Japanese colony, undetermined. We see no reason for China to claim its sovereignty over Taiwan.
We understand that you are forced by China to name Taiwan as “Taiwan, a province of China.” However, such action without legal support and consent by the Taiwanese is not any better than raping the people living on this island. We sincerely urge you to respect our own name as Taiwan, or the Republic of China.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon, I remain.