Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters about Letters

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters about Letters

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'One China' in perspective

There are obvious flaws in the case presented by the Dec. 10 letter, "One China, Under Beijing," which is a response to the Nov. 22 letter, "Taiwan is not a 'renegade province.' " Seen from the perspective of someone not immersed in the long-standing "One China" debate, things appear much less confusing than the two letters would indicate. Throughout history there are countless examples of recognized governments being overthrown by new ones that eventually become accepted as legitimate governments themselves. The problem here is that the Communists did not finish the job. The previously recognized legitimate government of China (ROC) did not cease to exist - it was just pushed into a small corner of its territory. The new government of mainland China (PRC) became legitimate by virtue of the sheer power it amassed. But that hardly makes the remaining government on Taiwan any less legitimate. The change of status between the two in the United Nations was not based on any ideological shift; it was simple pragmatism.

By not taking over the entire nation in the first place, the PRC should not have the right to claim any portion that's left over. And since it's not practical for the ROC to continue harboring designs of getting the mainland back, the only thing left is for any future reunification to be the result of a gradual evolution of ideas that brings the two back to common goals and outlooks. Until then, both nations need to accept what the rest of the world has been dealing with for decades - there are two Chinas. Mike Tupper Ashland, Ore. 'Just saying no' not so easy The author of the Dec. 3 letter, "Drugs and the CIA: Who's at fault?" equates the choice of buying cigarettes from a grocery store to buying drugs on the street, and comments, "I wonder if residents of L.A. ... thought about just not buying drugs." I have taught in Washington, San Francisco, and San Diego, and have seen firsthand the reasons why people buy, sell, and do drugs. …

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