[quote=“mr_boogie”]you are partly wrong on what the so called TI’ers want.
They know that the ROC is independent. What they want is to make it a normal country, as in, the name represents the country (and not some other place), the constitution is more or less accurate on the territory it occupies and so on.
What the DPP really wanted was a separation between China and Taiwan, to represent reality. It is more correct to say that TI’ers are Taiwanese Nationalists, and want a Taiwan nation, opposed to living in Taiwan called “Republic of China”.
Other thing that the DPP also wanted but couldn’t get it done because it lacked legislative support was to basically make the Republic of China disappear, something that happened in reality 60 years ago.[/quote]
But it is not possible to separate Taiwan and China now. The lack of international space for the ROC is a problem, but “Taiwan independence” is not the solution. If the environment is challenging for the ROC, then it would be impossible for any “independent” Taiwan. I think most TI people know this, the TI movement more reflects domestic politics and a distaste towards the waishengren KMT regime that dominated Taiwan after the war. While this is understandable, they are not offering any kind of solution to Taiwan’s international situation. Domestically, a focus on Taiwanese identity has unfortunately often spilled over into ethnic chauvinism. Most Taiwanese, both waishengren and benshengren will tell you that relations between the two groups have become worse over the last 10 years. This is very worrying for Taiwan’s future.
I would suggest “smart” engagement with Beijing, but no surrender on fundamental issues of national sovereignty. There are benefits to this kind of engagement for Taiwan. Any move beyond this and towards some kind of “re-unification” will be rejected by the Taiwanese people, and I think Ma and the KMT know this.