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The TCG works to gain

human rights protections

for the people of Taiwan.

The Taiwanese people

deserve the freedom to

determine their own nationality.

The Taiwanese people

deserve a nationality

recognized by the world.

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A message from Dr. Roger Lin, Founder, Taiwan Civil Government

Taiwan has made headlines in recent weeks in the U.S. and around the world due to a phone conversation between President-elect Donald Trump and the leader of the current government of Taiwan, the Republic of China, Ms. Tsai, Ing-Wen. What gets lost in many of the stories written about “the call,” is the history of Taiwan and how the United States and world should view it today.

First and foremost, it is critical to understand that Taiwan, often referred to as Chinese Taipei or the Republic of China, is not a recognized country in the international community, rendering the Taiwanese people stateless. Throughout its history, many foreign powers have controlled Taiwan and the Taiwanese people including the Dutch and Spanish in the 15th and 16th centuries. Japan controlled Taiwan from 1895 through the end of WWII, which is a very important fact.

As everyone knows, the U.S. along with her allies, defeated Japan in WWII and, in so doing, removed Taiwan from Japanese control. This removal was memorialized in the San Francisco Peace Treaty of 1952, in which Japan relinquished control over Taiwan – then called Formosa and the Pescadores -- and the U.S. was stated as, “the principal occupying power,” in the treaty.

Instead of directly occupying Taiwan, the U.S. installed Chiang Kai-Shek as the administrator of Taiwan. He had recently fought and lost a battle against the communists on mainland China. Once in control Chaing Kai-Shek immediately stripped the Taiwanese of any Japanese identity and declared the people of Taiwan a national of the Republic of China (ROC). He endeavored to replace Taiwan’s history by insisting that Taiwan’s native language become Mandarin and by revamping its educational system.

While the U.S. began supporting Taiwan financially and militarily, it also began a policy of “strategic ambiguity” on other issues like Taiwanese nationality and ROC occupation. And, while Japan relinquished control of Taiwan in the San Francisco Peace Treaty, the U.S. never confirmed its sovereignty over Taiwan or granted any other nation the same. This current situation violates the human rights of that populace, and a resolution is long overdue.

It is, therefore, important to note that the ROC is a government in exile that does not represent Taiwan, and Taiwan is not the ROC in exile.

“TCG’s goals are to achieve the normalization of Taiwan’s legal status and to obtain human rights protection for the people of Taiwan. Without those freedoms and protections, the people of Taiwan will remain stateless, and with no internationally recognized government. We have been living in political purgatory for more than 70 years, and deserve the right to a nationality of our own choosing.”

--Dr. Roger Lin, Founder, Taiwan Civil Government