TAIWAN: US writer questions legality of China’s claim to Taiwan

A commentary on the Foreign Policy in Focus Web site by US-based journalist Ian Williams says that “China’s arguments against Taiwanese self-determination are not particularly legal or ethical.”

Questioning Beijing’s arguments of China having a billion people and a huge economy, Williams said that the fact that China has more than 900 missiles pointing at Taiwan was indicative of the weakness of Beijing’s arguments.

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“In the modern world, few governments can pledge with a straight face to `liberate’ an island full of people it pretends are compatriots by blowing them off the map,” he added.

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