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The Nationalist Party says, if we express an opinion, it is Taiwan independence, it is rebellion. Why can’t we ourselves plan our future? 51 Fellow countrymen! What we dangwai are going all out for is the historical mission of we Taiwanese over the last four hundred years. 52 It is important to note that the above are speeches given by candidates, not academic discourses. It is also important to note that many other subjects beyond the status of Taiwan were also raised. But the status of Taiwan and its future had clearly become part of the dangwai election rhetoric in the campaign of December 3, 1983.

Finally, self-determination would help build a sense of common fate among Taiwan’s residents. At present, the mainlanders “believe Taiwan only has value as a tool that is temporary. ”57 Jiang Pengjian argued that self-determination had two key meanings for Taiwan. First, the 18 million residents of Taiwan should decide Taiwan’s future and not the United States, Japan, the Chinese Communists or even the Nationalist Party. ’ ”59 As soon as he heard that the Nationalist Party authorities had prohibited discussion of self-determination, Zhang Deming began to discuss the issue.

Tongyi zhanxian gongzuo shouce (Handbook on United Front Work), Nanjing: Nanjing daxue chubanshe, 1986, 272–275. 6. htm on November 12, 2003. Unfortunately, the original Chinese-language statement has been removed from the Web, but I have used a copy faxed to me at the time. 7. Mao Zedong , “Lun renmin minzhu zhuanzheng ” (On the People’s Democratic Dictatorship [June 30, 1949]), Mao Zedong xuanji (yi juan ben) ( ) (Selected Works of Mao Zedong [in one volume]), Beijing: Renmin chubanshe, 1969, 1362.

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