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Nov. 7th, 2006 @ 12:34 pm the cold war is over? really?
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In response to all the China/Taiwan groups out there on Facebook, here's one with a clear and noble purpose. *** We welcome suggested changes to this description and well as a logo ***

In 1911, the Chinese people overthrew the Manchu Qing Dynasty and began their struggle to found a modern Chinese nation-state. Unfortunately, the corruption of warlords, the Japanese, Nationalists, and Communists left the country war torn, divided, and weak.

The establishment of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the retreat of the Republic of China (ROC)government to Taiwan in 1949 marked the beginning of authoritarian rule on both sides. The Mainland suffered under the immense failures of Communist government, while the Taiwan people suffered under KMT White Terror. As the PRC attempted to erase the old
"feudal"system from mainland society, traditional Chinese culture came to be preserved only on Taiwan and Hong Kong.

With the opening of the PRC economy in 1979 and lifting of martial law in Taiwan in 1987, both sides finally took steps to become "normal countries" in the eyes of the international community. In 1997, Hong Kong was retroceded back to China, signaling the end of the
Unequal Treaties imposed by foreign powers more than a hundred years ago. With the retrocession of Macau in 1999, all traditional Chinese land was, for the first time in modern history, finally under the control of Chinese governments. However, the Chinese nation is still divided across the Taiwan Strait.

As Luo Guanzhong (羅貫中) wrote 600 years ago in the opening lines to "The Romance of Three Kingdoms" (三國演義), "what has long been divided will unify, and what has long been unified will divide" (分久必合,合久必分). Our Chinese nation has been split for most of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st. But this time period is a drop in the bucket in the long glorious history of China. After all, China was divided for over 60 years
before being unified by the Jin Dynasty (A.D. 280), over 160 years before the Sui Dynasty (A.D. 581), 53 years before the Song Dynasty (A.D. 960). We can wait another century if we have to.

One day, the Chinese people will join together and realize Dr. Sun Yat-sen's dream of a unified, democratic nation that we can all be proud of, regardless of regional or political affiliation. First, democratic and civil society
must develop in all Chinese regions. Second, the ROC and PRC will unify peacefully into a single nation-state operating under the principles of democracy, rule of law, and respect for human rights.

Our Chinese people are richly diverse, with many different dialects, customs, and foods. Our government must respect and celebrate our diversity, while at the same time safeguarding our common national identity, history, and culture.

It's a long shot, but we can do it.

We Support:

1. Continued rapid economic growth on the Mainland.
2. Deepening democratic institutions on Taiwan.
3. Gradual implementation of democracy in Hong Kong and Macau in accordance with the "One Country, Two Systems" policy.
4. Increased political, economic, and personal links between the Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.
5. Peaceful resolution of differences between all sides.

We Oppose:

1. Continued authoritarian rule in the PRC.
2. Taiwanese independence, the establishment of a Republic of Taiwan, and the "de-sinification" of Taiwan.
3. Corrupt government anywhere.
4. War between the PRC and ROC.
5. Foreign political and military influence in the region, especially in the event of a war.

I don't agree at all with their overly broad definition of Chinese identity, so I'm not joining their group. Nevertheless, I'm impressed by the sentiment.

Unfortunately, most of the responses on the discussion board have been of this nature:

I don;t know and don't care what the rest of this horse shit is about. All I know is if that little bitch, Taiwan tries to sneak away, we need to fuck the shit out of it with every damn soldier, missile, tank, and plane we got. Negotiation my ass, muthafucka.


The only path to a peaceful unified democtracy is war


Amen, my Chinese brothers and sisters! Here is a group we can finally unite around! (And if the TI people start spamming even this group, I will be very VERY angry.)

As some of you may know, I have many opinions on this issue. I do not think this is the proper time and place to divulge them. Nevertheless, I do have one thing to say, in the form of an open letter.

Dear People's Republic of China:

Please stop threatening to kill us.

The People of the Republic of China
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