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I should clarify, however, I do think China's claims on TBT are very very weak. This doesn't mean I support independence for the region; for one I don't really care about TBT as a practical matter, for second, I don't buy into the idea of ethnic zones defining national boundaries. At the end of the day, I'm an American mutt and the whole concept of France-for-the-French, Germany-for-the-Germans, etc. is always somewhat lost on me.|
Likewise, though, the idea that the topic is simply verboten bothers me. Frankly, I don't grant other countries the same status I grant the US when it comes to union or claims of inalienability because the logic of their incorporation is radically different. US states acceded to it on account of a vote of their people, a corresponding vote of Congress and a generally involved legal process that could be broken off by either party unilaterally (this is why Puerto Rico isn't a state, by the way). So when someone says "it's an inalienable part of China/France/the UK/wherever, I balk: it's merely conquered ground or ground married into, it was never a mutual agreement baptized by the vox populi.
Of course, I'm consistent with this: Puerto Rico has certain rights of sec.ession I don't grant to other parts of the US, as do the Virgin Islands and the Pacific territories which have native inhabitants (we own several islands which served at one time as outposts which have never hosted a permanent population because they cannot support a society without external supply, most were coaling bases, navigational beacons or mined for resources but are otherwise worthless, all are currently nature preserves). But this doesn't mean I support it: I oppose any move by PC or Guam to sec.ede, more for Guam than PC because it has the special feature of having no economy whatever if the US pulls out.
My views on these things are rather nuanced, but they are consistent. In the case of the controversial Chinese territories usually discussed, I'll just state clearly that I don't much care what actually happens to them, though I'll happily debate the pros, cons, whethers or whys of their status.