Taiwan Was Temporarily Part of China, but That Was Long Ago

“After World War II, the Japanese empire was dismantled but Taiwan was never legally reincorporated as part of China. The 1951 San Francisco treaty, in which Japan relinquished its sovereignty over Taiwan, did not specify to whom title to the island would be transferred.”

This is from an International Herald Tribune article by Maysing Yang and Phyllis Hwang, in 1993. Hwang was a Human Rights Watch advocate for the international criminal court in 1998.

In 1995, her position on Taiwan was contested by Yun Feng-Pai, Information Division Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in New York, in a letter to the New York Times editor.

Was that in line with the concept of state to state relations with China? Lee Teng-hui stated it in 1996 1999, referring to it as part of constitutional reforms in 1991.

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