Historical events are conveniently forgotten by those who wish that the world overlooks them, and one of these events is the signing of the Treaty of Shimonoseki in 1895. This Treaty should lie at the heart of Taiwan’s right to independence from China.
After the Sino-Japanese War, an agreement was signed whereby China’s sovereignty on Taiwan was ceded to Japan. In a similar circumstance, after the Spanish-American War, the Treaty of Paris was signed in 1898 whereby Spain ceded the Philippines to the Americans. But while the Philippines has become an independent country, Taiwan remains in limbo over its status as an independent nation.
Taiwan has failed again, for the tenth time, in her bid to join the United Nations. This Organisation’s regard for international agreements should be challenged on the issue of the Treaty of Shimonoseki.
China’s invasion of Tibet, this peaceful region in the mountains, has gripped Taiwan in fear that China might do the same on their tiny island nation. Tibet, Hong Kong, Taiwan… By what right can China claim these territories?