THE QUESTION

Should Taiwan hold a democratic vote on whether to declare independence from China, or do Taiwan's leaders have a greater responsibility to their people to avoid war?

Posted by Natalie Ahn on July 10, 2007 9:35 AM

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Shim Jae Hoon is a Seoul-based journalist and commentator writing for a variety of international publications including YaleGlobal Online, The Straits Times of Singapore, The Taipei Times and Korea Herald. He was a correspondent for Far Eastern Economic Review in Seoul, Taipei and Jakarta.

Tread Softly, Make China Responsible

Taiwan has been effectively independent from mainland China for a very long time, and the islanders should have the right to decide their own destiny. But President Chen should pursue this goal with utmost caution. If he does not give Beijing an excuse for war, China will have to accept the consequences of acting aggressively -- which Japan and South Korea would not tolerate.

Shim Jae Hoon South Korea | 27 COMMENTS
Jul 10, 2007 at 9:42 AM
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» FreePress | The answer to your question is that Taiwan's leaders have a greater responsibility to their people (and I would add to the world)to avoid war. With a...
» Nivedita | A lot of the Taiwanese friends I have spoken to assert their independence from China and I think China should respect it instead of casting hedgemonis...
» D. Hodara | With China's newly gained importance in international trade, politics and the coming Olympic games, war does not seem to be on its agenda. Furthermore...
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