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Despite constitutional overlaps, ROC sovereignty not in dispute

The notion that Taiwan independence is something that has yet to be declared is somewhat misguided. When it comes down to it, Taiwan independence, as it is used in everyday speech and writing, is generally about changing the name of this country from the Republic of China to the Republic of Taiwan. That of course hasn't happened, nor is it likely to happen in the near future.

Prominent politicians affiliated with the Taiwan independence movement — at least those vying for office — have pointed out somewhat ironically that Taiwan is already an independent nation. As Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) pointed out, "The Republic of China is Taiwan ... Taiwan is the Republic of China."

In this sense, everyone in Taiwan is pro-independence. Who in their right mind would want to give up the right to autonomous rule in exchange for governance by an authoritarian regime frequently accused of human rights violations?

Those who favor the name change argue that aside from solidifying Taiwan's political status in the global community as a de facto and a de jure state, it would help distinguish Taiwan from China, because having two Chinas in the world is too confusing. Strangely enough, people don't seem to be all that confused with there being two Koreas. Furthermore, one might add that there is no guarantee — and indeed it is highly unlikely — that the world's major powers would be more willing to recognize a Republic of Taiwan, instead of the Republic of China, as a sovereign state.

Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) recently traveled to Shanghai and said at Fudan University that the DPP advocates Taiwan independence and the call for Taiwan independence is supported by a vast majority.

As indicated by countless polls, a vast majority of people on this island support the status quo, which in effect means that they support sovereignty. As far as rhetoric is concerned, both the Kuomintang and the DDP are openly supportive of the same thing.

What about the Chinese Communist Party?

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