After years Japan had occupied and ruled Taiwan, the island was returned to China in 1945.
Since that time, Taiwan has pretty much been its own island nation with its own government, but that is about toe change if Chinese President Xi Jinping has his way.
In a recent speech, Jinping revealed that he is determined to reunite Taiwan with the rest of communist China.
He made it clear that if he could not reunite Taiwan peacefully, he is prepared to use force in order to accomplish his goal.
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Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen responded by saying that his nation will never accept reunification with the Chinese mainland, especially not under the terms offered by Jinping and Beijing.
BBC – Xi Jinping says Taiwan ‘must and will be’ reunited with China – Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the people of Taiwan to accept it “must and will be” reunited with China.
In a speech marking 40 years since the start of improving ties, he reiterated Beijing’s call for peaceful unification on a one-country-two-systems basis.
However, he also warned that China reserved the right to use force.
While Taiwan is self-governed and de facto independent, it has never formally declared independence from the mainland.
Beijing considers the island to be a breakaway province and Mr Xi’s comments are in line with China’s long-standing policy towards reunification.
But on Wednesday, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said the island would never accept reunification with China under the terms offered by Beijing…
Taiwan has a huge and booming economy that has to be a primary reason Jinping wants control of the island.
The fear is that once Beijing gets control of Taiwan, the communist government would begin taking over some to many of the businesses like they have elsewhere.
The rich economy would be hijacked and sent to the mainland for their evil purposes.
The problem is, Taiwan is no match to resist a military takeover from mainland China, and it’s uncertain who would dare come to their rescue.
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