Distinguished Professor Peter Kien-hong Yu teaches at Taiwan-based National Quemoy University. His most recent books are Governing JinMen/Quemoy: The International Regimes and Non-international Regimes Dimensions (January 2017) and Reinventing the Methodology of Studying Contemporary China: Re-testing the One-dot Theory (summer 2017).
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By Peter Kien-hong Yu - 23 Feb 2017
Facing the dilemma of having to handle “two Chinas,” “One China, One Taiwan” or “Taiwan independence,” Beijing’s One-China principle appeared a few months before the signing of a mutual defense treaty between Washington and Taipei in December 1954.
The first wave of globalization began with Western colonization. In the last several decades, we have seen Americanization or internationalization. However, there are a lot of contradictions, for example, interdependence is not the same as Americanization.
The call between Tsai and Trump has shattered the status quo. If Trump and his advisors still choose to not to understand China’s mind and heart, Beijing may have no choice but, for example, to establish diplomatic relations with those 21 countries which still support Taipei.
On November 30, 2016, Zhou Zhihuai, director of the Institute of Taiwan Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said that Beijing was not against establishing a new consensus to replace the “1992 consensus” while at the same time reflecting or embodying the One China principle.
During the swearing-in ceremony of new lawmakers at Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, two lawmakers referred to the former British colony as the “Hong Kong nation.” A pro-Beijing publication translated the word “nation” as “guo” in Chinese. “Guo” or “guojia” can be understood as nation, country, or state.
Taipei and Beijing should designate a maritime commons area within the U-shaped line, which is equivalent to “other sea area,” so as to pacify an assertive Washington and other maritime powers.