波頓長期來一直都是大力支持台灣，主張給予台灣雙重承認。他曾於2000年2月3日投書台北時報 (Taipei Times: https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/insight/archives/2000/02/03/0000022655) ，在「Duel recognition acknowledges reality認清事實雙重承認」一文中呼籲，給予台灣明確、不模糊支持，將是最符合美國的利益US interests would be best served by giving Taiwan its unambiguous support。他在新書中的這一段話，其實很清楚地讓台灣人民有機會知道，原來台灣是白宮美國政府日常作業，筆尖的核心價值。
The author of "The Room where it happened: A White House Memoir” published on June 23, John Bolton, former National Security Advisor for US President Trump, mentioned a description of Taiwan in the book. “One of Trump's favorite comparisons was to point to the tip of one of his Sharpie and say, 'this is Taiwan,' then point to [his desk in the Oval Office] and say, 'this is China.' So much for American commitments and obligations to another democratic ally," Bolton writes. It has been quoted by media that Taiwan is a marker pen used by Trump can be thrown away when used up. Is that right?
Bolton has long been a strong supporter of Taiwan and advocated giving Taiwan recognition. He published an article in Taipei Times on February 3, 2000 title "Duel recognition acknowledges reality", https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/insight/archives/2000/02/03/0000022655 called for US interests would be best served b giving Taiwan its unambiguous support. In the passage of his new book, he actually gave Taiwan people opportunity to know that Taiwan is the core value as the tip of a Sharpie pen in the daily work of the White House.
Trump is most friendly US President in recent years
Trump is the US President who has been most friendly to Taiwan and defends Taiwan’s rights since the Clinton administration for nearly three decades. He has always prioritized US interests and has repeatedly encouraged manufacturers to withdraw capital from China and return to America. Although it is impossible to confine China, it is by no means inherited from the past that the Democrats openly engaged with China. Just look, if this world without Trump’s repeated adherence to the US priority and severe sanctions on Chinese bullying and coercion, I really can’t imagine what it would look like.
On June 17, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Yang Jiechi, a CCP Politburo Member and director of the Office of the Central Foreign Affairs Committee, met in Hawaii for about 7 hours. Regarding issues related to Taiwan, Yang reiterated as usual that there is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China. The one-China principle is the political foundation of Sino-US relations. China's determination and will to defend its core interests are unwavering. China demands that the US side strictly abide by the one-China principle and the provisions of the three Sino-US joint communiques, and handle Taiwan-related issues carefully and properly.
China does not understand the Sino-US Communique
The US seems to have been accurate for a long time. The Chinese side has always been BS and unrealistically playing tricks. Therefore, it is only emphasized that China must keep its promises to the international community, grant HK people autonomy, and be open to the pandemic. On the face of it, it seems that they have spoken their own words and there is no intersection, but in reality, I believe that both parties have clearly exchanged positions and brought the words to be conveyed and the information to be communicated to each other. One day, if there is any incident, then no one can complain. Trump also signed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act during the meeting between the two Yang and Pompeo, and took action to hold the CCP accountable for violations of Uyghur human rights and punish them.
China always repeats the one-China principle and the three joint communiques at press conferences. In fact, they simply don’t understand it, or say they don’t respect the US one-China policy at all. That means the US complies with UN Resolution 2758 and recognizes that there is only one China in the world, and PRC is the sole legal representative of it; but also according to the resolution of the 530th meeting of the UN Security Council, it is indicated that Taiwan is not a part of China at all. Yang was really BS and talked nonsense. The PRC was founded in 1949 but not recognized by the US until February 28, 1972, that the Shanghai Communique was signed with the US to acknowledge China's position on Taiwan; On December 25, 1978, the communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic relations was signed. The US recognized the PRC as the sole legitimate government of China. The two countries also reiterated their opposition to the consensus of any country to establish hegemony in Asia. On August 17, 1982, the August 17 Communiqué was signed to regulate the gradual reduction of US arms sales to Taiwan.
US de-recognized ROC while signed Sino-US communique
Interestingly, at time the Shanghai Communique was signed, the US recognized ROC stationed in Taiwan as legal China in 1972. When the communiqué establishing diplomatic relations with PRC on January 1, 1979 came into force, the US had attached a separate Taiwan Relations Act, officially de-recognized ROC, and it is clearly stated that Taiwan is not China. The August 17th communique talks about arms sales to Taiwan. In fact, it has no intersection with China; on the contrary, the US has always performed its due diligence under the authorization of the San Francisco Peace Treaty, maintained Taiwan’s defense and security, and immediately launched TRA after the joint defense agreement and the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act, which are in effect one after another for Taiwan’s security.
Regrettably, in addition to those PRC politicians have no knowledge of Taiwan is not affiliated with China, all the elected presidents of the ROC are highly educated and professional also confused and ignorant. They proposed ROC in Taiwan, ROC is Taiwan and Taiwan belongs to ROC. Even today, the President said Taiwan is the largest convention of the 23 million Taiwanese people. They all coincide, closely linking Taiwan and the ROC. Is that true?
Subjective consciousness from bottom up
On December 17, 2005, I wrote to former President Chen Shui-bian, who was in charge at that time, and made six appeals and appeals: First, we must clarify Taiwan's current international status. 2. "Effective control" is by no means equivalent to "own sovereignty." 3. Although the peace treaty has already been signed, the state of Taiwan’s military occupation has not been terminated. 4. The people of Taiwan hope it come true of your "dreams are the most beautiful and hopes will follow you." 5. Reunification with China is not the expectation and authorization that Taiwan people have entrusted the political power to you. Sixth, keep its promises, insist on reform, bravely undertake, and shoulder the heavy responsibility of Taiwan's rise and fall. (As Attachment 1)
About two weeks later, I received a reply letter signed by President Chen on December 30, 2005 stating: "While ROC is still the current larger consensus within Taiwan, Shui Bian specifically proposed "ROC is Taiwan" The four-stage discussion of Taiwan's sovereignty development. This may not please everybody but the opinion has made a leap forward compared to the previous "ROC in Taiwan" argument put forward by the government. …With the democratization of politics and the establishment of Taiwan’s subjective consciousness as the mainstream value of society, the new national identity will also be formed step by step through the power of the people, naturally from the bottom up. As long as the issue of national identity is resolved and the people have a clear distinction between enemies and foes, and the difference between inside and outside, other issues can be solved. (As Attachment 2)
Taiwan does not belong to ROC
Chen’s reply letter vaguely disclosed us the plight and helplessness of the senior politician to Taiwan's national identity, he called for the need for civil power from the bottom up, and people's awakening is the only possible to reach it. However, looking around the current situation, what the politician concern is how to win election and gain power, and rarely take the lead to inquire about Taiwan’s true international status today. The government is at least obliged to inform Taiwan people when and under what international treaties, Taiwan’s territorial sovereignty is transferred from the Japanese government, and when is the National Assembly or the Legislative Yuan meeting to merge Taiwan and Penghu into the territory of the ROC and become an inalienable part of China’s territory. The current setbacks and suppression of Taiwan in the international community all stem from this wrong proposition and assumption. The problem is that no one involved is willing to face it pragmatically, unlocking Taiwan’s military occupation after WWII to implement Taiwan’s international legal status. Instate, they only count how to use the false ROC shell to support the crown.
In fact, as early as 1979, the US had clearly informed Taiwan people under TRA that Taiwan is not the ROC. The US only recognizes the governing authorities on Taiwan and no more ROC. Although Bolton mentioned in his new book, that Taiwan might be the next abandoned by the Trump administration after the Kurds. In fact, Bolton seemed to worry too much, because since WWII, Taiwan has been one of the most important military deployments of the US in the Western Pacific. Therefore, neither the Democratic nor the Republican in office, they won’t ignore Taiwan’s strategic position in the First Island Chain. Not to mention the authorization of the San Francisco peace treaty, as well as the regulatory constraints of the TRA.
Under old system no way to grow
What really worries us is when will Taiwan’s society wait for cooperation between the government and the opposition, and pragmatically discuss its legal international status. Those who insist on the ROC please tell the people frankly and honestly that he or she will take 23 million Taiwanese there, go to China to recognize their ancestors, and oust Xi from power to replace him? Or just want to hang sheep's heads and sell dog meat in Taiwan and continue to deceive and crush the people of Taiwan? In fact, regardless of the final positioning of Taiwan’s political status, it is called the State of Taiwan after independence or PRC after its reunification. The ROC is just a passenger, and its staged historical destiny has come to an end. Hopefully, the Chinese who want to revitalize China will return to the embrace of China as soon as possible to build his great Chinese dream with Xi Emperor. Those who stay should rely on Taiwan’s life and health.
Since 2005, 15 years has gone by. Taiwan’s international status is still unknown and it is not possible to join the UN and other international organizations. It seems that we have remained idle for 15 years. In the past, the DPP members had many ideals and ambitions for Taiwan’s future. Although they have won the second presidential election and are fully in power now, they still continue to carry the old rules and regulations of ROC. The expectation of the separation of the three powers is still pending in the shelf, and the expecting of Taiwan identification to enroll into the international community seems go nowhere. I just don’t know where today’s politicians are going to lead Taiwan to? What kind of vision and memory they will provide for our future generations? How could these herbs, so fair in former day, now changed into mugworts grey? The reason for their fall, not far to seek, was that to tend their grace their will proved weak. Will there be a day for Taiwan soon? Tough! Tough! Tough!