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The End ofOne China

After a historic surprise meeting with the leader of Taiwan, Xi Jinping could go down in history for recognizing the island democracyor choose conflict instead.
By Andrew Browne
Nov. 13, 2015 12:01 p.m. ET

source: 華爾街曰報


When the leaders of China and Taiwan met last weekend for the first time since 1949, the unseen presences in the room were the ghosts of Mao Zedong, the Communist Party’s Great Helmsman, and his bitter rival, the gaunt Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. They had been adversaries in the Chinese civil war for more than two decades, before Mao’s victorious peasant revolutionaries took power in Beijing that year.

Chiang was driven into exile on Taiwan, taking with him his Chinese Nationalist Party, or Kuomintang. The enmity of Mao and Chiang endured across a Cold War frontierfor a time, their troops hurled shells and propaganda messages at each other across the narrow strait separating Taiwan from the mainlandbut they always shared a dream, born of their long struggle: “One China.”

The unification of China and Taiwan has been the sacred mission of every Communist leader since Mao, including the current president, Xi Jinping. And though the idea ofOne Chinatoday commands virtually no popular support on Taiwan, which prizes its fledgling democracy, it nevertheless clings to life as a legacy within the Kuomintang, the party of the country’s current president, Ma Ying-jeou.

Not for much longer, though. As the political heirs of China’s wartime foes reached out for a historic handshake in a five-star Singapore tourist hotel, both men surely understood thatOne Chinaas a common goal is now as good as dead.

Mr. Ma is a lame duck, nearing the end of two terms in office. His signature policy of economic opening to China has been spurned by angry young Taiwanese who stormed the legislature last year to block a trade bill. The Kuomintang is in disarray, and the likely victor in presidential elections in January, Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party, can’t bring herself to utter theOne China” mantra. Her party espouses independence, although she herself doesn’t go that far.


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WordCategoryDefinition
 China第三級[名詞] 中國
 civil第三級[形容詞] 市民的,國民的
 commands第三級command(命令;掌握; 指揮;控制) 的第三人稱單數現在式; command(命令) 的複數
 current第三級[形容詞] 現行的; [名詞] 水流;電流
 decades第三級decade(十;十年) 的複數
 democracy第三級[名詞] 民主
 democratic第三級[形容詞] 有民主精神的
 economic第四級[形容詞] 經濟上的;經濟學的
 elections第三級election(選舉) 的複數
 endured第四級endure(忍耐,忍受) 的過去式及過去分詞
 historic第三級[形容詞] 歷史上著名的
 including第四級include(包含) 的現在分詞; [介系詞] 包括
 instead第三級[副詞] 反而,卻
 mission第三級[名詞] 使節團;使命,任務
 nevertheless第四級[動詞] 仍然,不過,然而; [副詞] 仍然,不過,然而
 P.M.第四級[縮寫] 下午
 political第三級[形容詞] 政治的;政治上的
 recognizing第三級recognize(識別;認識;承認) 的現在分詞
 revolutionaries第四級revolutionary(革命者) 的複數
 signature第四級[名詞] 簽名,簽署
 tourist第三級[名詞] 旅遊者,觀光者
 troops第三級troop(群集,集合) 的第三人稱單數現在式; troop(軍隊,部隊) 的複數