China and Taiwan’s Tension

The Chinese government and Taiwan had conflicts that date back to ages ago, and the tension only grows larger as time passes. The Chinese government views Taiwan as a small section of their land that will eventually come back to them. However, the Taiwanses people object to that idea. In fact, they are a separate nation, regardless of authenticity signed independence papers. 

It all started when the Chinese discovered the island and claimed the territory. Several decades later, migrants started to flee from China to Taiwan. In 1895, Japan won the First Sino-Japanese War while the Qing government had to give up Taiwan to Japan. But after World War Two, China took Taiwan back and began ruling it. Soon, a civil war broke out in China, causing many people to again, flee to Taiwan. This resulted in the election of the first non Kuomintang president of Taiwan in 2000. 

China, noticing the tension stated then, “one country, two systems”. This system would give Taiwan a great opportunity for independence if they accepted the Chinese reunification. Taiwan rejected the offer, however, relaxed most of their guards. For example, they relaxed rules on visits to China and investment in China, and even proclaimed the war with the People’s Republic of China on the mainland, over. Another reason of tension Taiwan is a semi-presidential republic while china is a communist state. 

Recently, there has been a spotting of the Chinese military showing off their military equipment to Taiwan. There were some clips showing military jets practicing drills. Some video US official say that these video clips aim to intimidate the people of Taiwan. Carl Schuster, a former US Navy captain, says that the Chinese’s president’s vow to never allow official independence of Taiwan is also a signal to the United States, an ally of Taiwan, “We can prevent you, from protecting Taiwan”. The Taiwanese Foriegn Minister strongly states, “We are willing to defend ourselves, and it is without any question. And we will fight the war if we need to fight a war”. Taiwan’s military is way inferior to China’s in many ways including the number of soldiers and nuclear warheads. This is why Taiwan relies so much on allies, rather than defending by themselves. Secretary Antony Blinken states that, “We have a commitment to Taiwan under the Taiwan Relations act to make sure that Taiwan has the ability to defend itself”.

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