Two Chinas: Part III

Disclosure: Yes, I am an ABC (American Born Chinese). On with the commentary. Part I is here. Part II is here.
Interestingly, the latest application has been turned down by the United Nations for Taiwan to join. For fourteen years, Taiwan has submitted the application as the “Republic of China” but this year, it was slightly different. Yes, it was sent in as Taiwan. To no avail, it was still rejected.
Very good for them to subtly go for independence. Although everyone in the West still has their history of the United Nations bid considerably incorrect. The San Jose Mercury News has it as:

Taiwan was expelled from the U.N. in 1971 when its seat—which it held under the name Republic of China—was transferred to the Beijing-based government of the People’s Republic of China.

Was this right? I had remembered Taiwan actually walking out on the United Nations before they were expelled. That was their first and foremost mistake, but everything on the Internet didn’t bother mentioning that part… until this juicy little tidbit showed up:

Taiwan also faced setbacks in the international sphere. In 1971, the ROC government walked out of the United Nations shortly before it recognized the PRC government in Beijing as the legitimate holder of China’s seat in the United Nations. The ROC had been offered dual representation, but Chiang Kai-shek demanded to retain a seat on the UN Security Council, which was not acceptable to the PRC. Chiang expressed his decision in his famous “the sky is not big enough for two suns” speech. In October 1971, Resolution 2758 was passed by the UN General Assembly and “the representatives of Chiang Kai-shek” (and thus the ROC) was expelled from the UN and replaced as “China” by the PRC. In 1979, the United States switched recognition from Taipei to Beijing.

That’s what I thought. Taiwan walked out on the UN to begin with when pride got the better of them, and never had a shot back since. Costly mistake.
John from 8 Asians points out the following:

This of course angered the People’s Republic of China (mainland China), which received entry into the United Nations at the Republic of China’s (Taiwan) expense in 1971. The reality however is that Taiwan has been functioning as an independent nation since its rejection from the U.N. and has a thriving economy with its own currency, native Taiwanese language, history, and self-elected democratic government.

I agree to a certain point with this comment although some of it is just plain wrong. In all technicality, it’s been functioning as an independent state when the KMT retreated there. Yet, the currency was brought by KMT, and the official language of Taiwan is actually Mandarin.

In Taiwan, Mandarin (guoyu 國語) is the official language, while Holo Taiwanese 臺語 (also known as Taiwanese or Minnanese 閩南語) is spoken mainly by those whose ancestors immigrated from China’s Fujian Province prior to 1949.

And I have to say that the self-elected democratic government for Taiwan is pretty amusing. Not that it’s not democratic, but if you’ve never seen a legislator slug another legislator before, you are totally missing out. It’s actually pretty cool that they (the legislators) believe in their jobs so much to see a little lady slug a guy in the face over a bill. If only you could watch something like that on C-SPAN. That channel could totally become a Pay-Per-View channel.
All in all, it’s not that I don’t agree with the independence of Taiwan. That’s fine, although I truly don’t see it happening anytime soon. Those like John, are definitely of the right mind in separating out from China. But from a standpoint of actual history, you cannot really stand there and say that Taiwan is a nation or has been when everything about it claims to be two governments within a nation. As I’ve said before, it would be no different than if Texas broke off and claimed it was a nation without actually declaring war. Nation? Not really. Unfortunately, there’s also the aspect of those of us that are Chinese that have backgrounds from those that retreated to Taiwan when the Communist overtook China. Are we also then Taiwanese? I can tell you that I’m not, and I’m just as proud to be an ABC as John is a TBC.
In the end, the results are the same. Regardless of who wants independence, and who’s oppressing the other, the painfully obvious is out in the open. It wasn’t until recently that President Chen’s 2007 campaign to move under the moniker “Taiwan” in the international community. With years of ROC under its belt, it will be difficult for Taiwan to establish itself under another name without drudging up that it’s one of two Chinas.