Taiwan Perspectives (3): Lessons from the War of 1812





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Published on Jan 25, 2015

Many people who research and investigate territorial issues are in fact unable to offer a clear explanation regarding the difference between having "sovereignty over territory" with merely having "jurisdiction over territory," and vice versa. As we know, many essays on the internet and videos on YouTube try to explain the concept of "sovereignty" in an understandable fashion, but few succeed. As a result, the confusion over "jurisdiction" and "sovereignty" continues on, and many government officials make important political decisions based on their inadequate knowledge of these subjects. Looking at the current situation in Southeast Asia, particularly notable is that an accurate explanation of why the Republic of China on Taiwan is regarded a non sovereign nation is for the most part unavailable in encyclopedias or other reference materials in leading libraries, or even on the internet. Adding to the overall disorientation on this issue is the fact that a full clarification is also unavailable from any official sources, such as the officers in the executive departments of leading world nations, the Asian experts in prominent think-tanks, or the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations.

Surprisingly, what the majority of government officials, university academics, and UN staff members, etc. completely overlook are the similarities between the situations of the War of 1812 (as discussed in this video), and the situation of the 1898 Spanish American War cessions (as discussed in the second video of this series), with the situation of Taiwan beginning in 1945. A detailed analysis of the historical and legal situations in 1812 and 1898 provides an excellent framework whereby the "non sovereign" status of Taiwan can be derived, and the parameters of that "non sovereign" status can be dissected.

In summary, this series of TAIWAN PERSPECTIVES videos is one which every person interested in the USA - PRC - Taiwan triangular relationship should watch (and re-watch), as well as recommend to their friends, associates, teachers, professors, debating club members, and representatives in Congress.


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