Translation:The West is independent from the East.
CapnDoug, I agree about "separate"... we use from not of. But independent usage is not the same as separate. For one thing, separate can be a verb (one can separate a calf "from" its mother, for example). One cannot 'independent" one thing "from" another. Perhaps that's why they use different prepositions. Not sure, but that's the way I've always heard it used. Both of and from certainly can be understood and in this case mean the same thing.
One cannot 'independent" one thing "from" another.
I agree, although one cannot "independent" one thing "of" another either.
To me, whether to use "of" or "from" is quite nuanced.
The commission is independent of government control.
The commission is independent from government control.
either "of" or "from" would work in this case.
She has escaped and is now independent from her captors. - would work where:
She has escaped and is now independent of her captors. - wouldn't.