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This post was edited by abramicus at 2012-12-18 13:14|
Zheng Cheng-gong is a Ming patriot who refused to bow to the Qing dynasty, which at that time consisted mainly of the Chinese from Manchuria, later absorbed into the Chinese nationality practically completely. The Manchurians were those living in modern Liaoning, right next door to Beijing, which is located in Hebei province, a stone's throw from each other. The current separatists are not seeking separation on the basis of Zheng Cheng-gong, FYI, because to do so means Taiwan is a part of the Ming territory, which then dates back even further. The current separatists are seeking independence on the basis of their having been a colony of Japan since 1895, up to 1945, and thus, in their case, history works in favor of China, rather than against it. The historical artifacts on Taiwan date back even earlier than Ming dynasty, but the major emigration from the mainland to Tawan was in the Ming period.
By the way, we do not know how true it is, but it is certainly plausible that Zheng Cheng Gong (Koxinga to the Spanish) who tried to invade Manila, probably had extensive contacts with the natives of northern Luzon that is right next door to Kaohsiung port. It was rumored that your ex-President Marcos may have descended from one of his generals or from Zheng Chenggong himself by a complex linearge, that of course, is not verifiable today. Certainly, if his mannerisms are examined, he has the alpha male personality that the leader of a rebel naval force, stronger than the Dutch and the Qing navies, would need to have to brave the dangers and establish what amounted to an autonomous region in Taiwan.
But Koxinga, or Zheng Chenggong, is to his last breath, documented fully, to be a Ming patriot, and would consider Taiwan a part of the Ming China.