September 30, 2007


Taiwan Party Asserts Separate Identity (ANNIE HUANG, 9/30/07, AP)

Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party passed a resolution Sunday asserting the island's separate identity from rival China and calling for a referendum on Taiwan's sovereignty.

The resolution for a "normal country" — passed after heated debate at a boisterous party congress — calls for general use of "Taiwan" as the island's name, without specifically abolishing its current formal name, the Republic of China. It also calls for the enactment of a new constitution, but gives no specific deadline for either that or the referendum.

The resolution, which passed 250-73, could rile China, which has repeatedly threatened war if Taiwan formalizes its de facto independence.

"We should rectify our name to Taiwan and enact a new constitution as soon as possible," the resolution says. "A public referendum should be held at an appropriate time to underscore Taiwan as a sovereign state."

Taiwan can probably defeat China even without our help, which they'll get anyway.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 30, 2007 9:31 AM

Rectification of names is always a good move.

Posted by: Lou Gots at September 30, 2007 12:16 PM

PLA General: "And we'll call our Invasion 'Operation Sea-Lion'!"

PLANavy Admiral: "Umm...Comrade General, perhaps a different name...?"

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 30, 2007 12:33 PM

The PLA are too busy making money with their airlines, shopping malls, super markets, TV stations, and banks, they are not going to fight.

Posted by: ic at September 30, 2007 1:15 PM

The PLA are too busy making money...

Gives new meaning to "military-industrial complex", doesn't it?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 30, 2007 2:50 PM