Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
If no one would consider it legitimate for the U.S. to claim sovereignty over Canada simply because the U.S. defeated the British in the American Independence War, why does the world agree with the Chinese that Taiwan belongs to them?
Vince Dhimos certificate from Mandarin Chinese (language) & Chinese Culture, History, National Taiwan Normal University (Graduated 1990)
I don’t know if the world agrees with this or not. No all-world poll has been taken.
The fact that the US allowed China to manipulate it into accepting the one-China position on Taiwan is the fault of the very naive Jimmy Carter, who allowed the Chinese to foist the one-China principle on the US negotiators in 1979.
Thus Carter allowed the issue to be falsely framed as an either-or issue, but that was nonsense. Of course, it is silly to assume that Taiwan could speak for all Chinese, including the entire mainland. BUT that does not mean that Taiwan could not be recognized as an independent country.
Instead of de-recognizing Taiwan as demanded by the Chinese delegation, Carter could have insisted that the country remain sovereign but with a more appropriate name. The name Republic of China was obsolete by then because, as stated above, Taiwan could not reasonably represent China.
So instead of allowing himself to be manipulated, Carter could have asked Taiwan to drop the ROC name and call itself, for example, Republic of Taiwan. If that had been done, the US would not have had to pull its embassy from there, which was a huge slap in the face to a faithful ally and important trading partner. But Carter sealed the fate of Taiwan forever by allowing himself to be manipulated. He held all the cards but snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. And it is now just a matter of time before Taiwan is absorbed into the PRC.
Such a shame!