The Challenge of Legitimation
Samuel S. Kim
China is willing to develop relations of friendship and cooperation with countries all over the world.... However, China is firm in its stand on major questions of principle such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet, and other issues relating to China's state sovereignty, and the fundamental interests of the nation. China will never barter away its principles, and there is no room for concession in this respect. Any acts interfering in China's internal affairs would arouse strong reactions from the Chinese people.
-- PRC Foreign Minister Qian Qichen 1
Of all the guiding principles, the first is our one- China policy. We have made it very clear that there is only one China, the Republic of China. Of course, the mainland has a different view.
-- ROC Foreign Minister
Frederick F. Chien2
The status of the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan in the international system poses a paradox. On the one hand, Taiwan's "achievement status" -- the so-called Taiwan Miracle -- has become the envy of many developing countries. The basic indicators of Taiwan's economic progress with considerable social equity are impressive: per capita GNP of $10,215 in 1992 surpassing the $10,000 benchmark for passage into the exclusive club of rich countries (double that of Greece