Sunday, September 2, 2012

67 Years ago today, Japan unconditionally surrenders to the Allies on board the USS Missouri moored in Tokyo Bay. After Japan surrendered, they gave up their claim on Taiwan in perpetuity in the Treaty of San Francisco but did not designate a recipient. By international law Taiwan's status should have been decided by self-determination. Instead it was taken over by an alien dictatorship of exiles, the Taiwanese peoples and languages were suppressed, and all forced be speak Mandarin and call themselves "Chinese" in order to embrace a fiction held forth by the dictatorship before the world.
Surrender of Japan, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945. Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN, signs the Instrument of Surrender as United States Representative, on board USS Missouri (BB-63), 2 September 1945. Standing directly behind him are (left-to-right): General of the Army Douglas MacArthur; Admiral William F. Halsey, USN, and Rear Admiral Forrest Sherman, USN. Many of the other officers present are identified in 80-G-701293 (Complete Caption)". Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives, 80-G-701293. Src: Naval Historical Center

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