According to my girlfriend, a number of Taiwan scholars have recently come forward and stated that an analysis of all relevant treaties shows that the ownership of Formosa and the Pescadores was never transferred to the ROC. In the last couple days, of course the KMT and PFP have denied this . . . . . . but their point of view seems to be without legal basis, when you consider the actual provisions of these international treaties.
What this all amounts to saying is that “the ROC is a government-in-exile.” But, in my opinion this fact is only occasionally mentioned in the various scholarly reports . . . . . . when in fact it should be the center of attention. Again, according to my girlfriend, this fact is not mentioned at all in Taiwanese school history textbooks.
It seems that if the ROC government has no legitimate claim to the land area of Formosa and the Pescadores, this should be stated clearly at the beginning of every discussion of the ROC government’s status in the world . . . . . . but it seems to me that it clearly isn’t. There has been a lot of talk recently that “the ROC does not exist”, and of course this has been firmly rejected by the KMT and PFP supporters . . . . . but these two groups also never address that fact that the ROC is a government-in-exile.
Does anyone have any related insights on this historical matter?