Taiwan and China split amid civil war in 1949. Twenty-three nations, including Sao Tome and Principe, formally recognize Taiwan.I can't understand why it is so difficult for AP to accurately represent these relationships. Why the obstinate refusal to describe the actual situation instead of constantly and repeatedly lying about it?
Once more, with feeling...
The ROC/KMT and the PRC/Chinese Communist Party split in 1949. Taiwan could not split from China because Taiwan was part of Japan in 1949, not part of China, a fact which is easily available in any good history and which AP of course knows, since it has been publicly and privately informed of this fact on many occasions. Taiwan would remain part of Japan until April of 1952 at which point the San Francisco Peace Treaty took effect, Japan gave up its sovereignty over Taiwan, and Taiwan's status is now undetermined. That is official US policy, and the policy of all the other major powers save Beijing and Paris. Taiwan and China were not having a civil war nor was Taiwan part of China, as the first sentence appears to say. Nothing in this statement is factually accurate.
The second sentence is even worse. 23 countries recognize the ROC government on Taiwan as the government of China under the One China rubric in which Taiwan is part of China. No power on earth recognizes "Taiwan" -- there is no "Taiwan" as an independent nation. No one can recognize Taiwan!
No wonder Americans have trouble with foreign policy; their media reporting is awful. AP has been corrected on this nonsense dozens of times. It remains obdurate.
It is not difficult to frame accurate representations:
"Both the PRC and the ROC government on Taiwan claim to be the government of China, and claim Taiwan is a part of China. This latter position is rejected by most of the major powers, including the US, and by the majority of the people of Taiwan, who do not want to be part of China."
"The position that the ROC on Taiwan is the sole government of China is recognized by 23 nations. The US and most major powers do not take the position that Taiwan is part of China. Most people on Taiwan do not want to be part of China."
Or... write your own.
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