The title is inexact, but as someone who’s an outsider to the raucous world of Taiwanese politics (one of the routine fistfights in the Legislature gratifyingly did break out on my one visit), this story seems interesting if only because it suggests things have come full circle:
As I vaguely understood it, from 1948, the official position in Taipei/the KMT was that there was one China – the R.O.C., consisting of Taiwan and a bunch of breakaway schismatists on the mainland, but that the government in exile was still the legitimate (if in absentia) ruler of the entire nation. And I guess the Reds thought the converse.
Now Chen is taking a third position, that the two regions are unrelated. From what little I understand from my (hardline KMT-type) acquaintances who would know, the DPP of course has no interest in identifying itself with a KMT era (and increasingly notional) idea of one day reclaiming the mainland under R.O.C. rule, and I know there are a host of political, ethnic, linguistic divides (none of which I want to steer into GD territory here) in play here too.
My question is simply if (a) the R.O.C; (b) the KMT; and/or © any significant grouping of Taiwan residents or exiles still officially (or unofficially) holds the position that the R.O.C. is or ought to be the legitimate ruler of all China, that the R.O.C. should be the sole official “Chinese” representative in international bodies, etc., or that there is any chance, or should be an ambition, of reunification which takes place under R.O.C., not P.R.C., terms/aegis?