From The American Spectator:
It is campaign season in Taiwan. With opposition candidate Ma Ying-jeou the favorite to win next year's presidential election, President Chen Shui-bian is pushing a referendum on Taiwanese membership in the United Nations. The measure is roiling politics at home and international relations abroad -- with America stuck in the middle between Taipei and the People's Republic of China.
Taiwan represents left-over business from the late 19th century, when Tokyo seized the island of Taiwan in a war against what once was a great imperial power. Japan's rule came to an abrupt end in August 1945. Chiang Kai-shek's nationalist government reasserted Beijing's authority over Taiwan before turning the island into its final redoubt after its 1949 ouster from the mainland by Mao Tse-tung's communist forces. [Full Text]
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