Foreign Policy - Establishing Diplomatic Relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan)

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Beijing. Thousands of peaceful protesters were killed, many simply crushed by tanks. Their remains were flushed into the sewers. The responsible regime, the Government of the People's Republic of China, is a globally recognised sovereign nation and member of the United Nations. Nevertheless, the leadership of this powerful country disregards human rights, locks the entire Uyghur ethnic group in "re-education camps" in Xinjiang, builds unique surveillance and censorship technology, and brutally defies the concerns of other states in territorial conflicts in Southeast Asia and violates international law.

All this does not prevent the Australian Government from diplomatically recognising this country and trading with it.

However, since 1949 there is a second China, the Republic of China or Taiwan. It emerged as a result of the civil war between Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek. Both states were members of the UN until 1972, when the People's Republic of China prevailed on the exclusion of Taiwan from the UN.

There is no international legal basis for this.

The Cairo Declaration of 1943, in which the Allies promised China the return of Taiwan after the war, was not binding under international law. For decades, the UN had recognised the existence of two German states (East and West Germany), and to this day the two Korean states are treated equally. Taiwan started its democratic development in 1987. Today, unlike the People's Republic of China, the Republic of China is a democratic country by our standards, in which the people themselves determine their government. Nevertheless, we do not recognize this country. This is incomprehensible given the constant violations of international law and human rights by the PRC described above.

We therefore demand diplomatic recognition of the Republic of China.