This article underscores the ongoing tug of Communist China against Fee China (Taiwan). The People’s Republic of China continually claims that Nationalist China is simply a territory/province of theirs. Free China replies:

(from the linked article) Joanne Ou (歐江安) responded by making it clear that Taiwan is a “sovereign and independent country and has never been part of China.”

Ou went on to say, “The People’s Republic of China has not ruled Taiwan for a single day, and only the democratically elected government of Taiwan can represent the 23 million people of Taiwan internationally,” reported EBC News. Ou said that the country expresses “strong dissatisfied [sic] and deep regret” that Philippine government officials have wrongly claimed that Taiwan is a part of China.

The People’s Liberation Army’s Navy exists in large part to land troops on Taiwan, support the bridgehead and crush its people, importing replacements from among the politically sound cadre on the mainland.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever. – Orwell

The propaganda campaign to date is that Taiwan is a break-away province that needs to be ‘re-educated’. The full Orwell quote, cited above (from 1984) is this: “There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always— do not forget this, Winston— always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face— forever.”

 

13 COMMENTS

  1. And what’s happening in Hong Kong likely makes them even more reluctant to “rejoin” the mainland.

  2. Isn’t Taiwan a creation of the Nationalist Chinese who fled there after they lost the mainland? The Formosans didn’t welcome them just as they didn’t welcome the Japanese.

    The decision to bypass Formosa during WWII was taking it would be too costly. We had the naval assets in place to do it, if the decision were made. The PLA(N) doesn’t.

    If the PLA(N) were to invade, they probably would fail unless they went nuclear. It isn’t too far fetched to think the Taiwan government doesn’t have nuclear capability.

    Will the standoff continue indefinitely? Is mainland China headed for their own civil war? Their history as a unified country is short.

    • The PLAN is building an alligator navy. They’d need to hold a beachhead without having those naval assets sinking behind the Chinese Marines. But if they were not heavily opposed, and if they could seize, hold and defend an airfield (paratroops), maybe??

      Of course they’d have to wipe out Taiwan and they’d be left with a broken rock, but you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs (Stalin). I think that they’d do it if they could get away with it. Limited nuclear strikes followed on by amphib landings. American President AOC would remain paralyzed with fear, cowering in the White House. There are scenarios.

      • American President AOC would more likely be out on the front lawn of the White House, cheerleading for the PLAN assault.

      • Out of a population of about 25,000,000 there are approximately 1,080,200 gun owners in Taiwan and about 3,332,235 legally owned guns.
        Not exactly a rifleman behind every blade of grass.

  3. I think the best way for Taiwan to prevent war with China would be to have an armed, trained populace ready for guerilla war. They should also have hidden caches of man portable anti tank and anti armor weapons plus mines and demolition equipment so that China will know that they’d be bled dry if they ever hit the mainland regardless of their military strength. The Baltic nations are pursuing a similar strategy.
    But unfortunately I doubt this will happen; it would require a huge change in laws and policy that we haven’t seen anywhere else in the world.

    • Good observation/good comment. There is a different mindset in Confucian societies than there is in Western societies. The Swiss model of every adult man under arms in the Army Reserve works in Switzerland, but would it work in Taiwan? You’re right, they’re unlikely to try it.

  4. If China goes full Taiwan will we nuke China? Or turn all their cities to glass using “normal” munitions? I’d think twice before squeezing the trigger if I were Xi. Which of course I’m not, thank God.

    We need to utterly and completely quarantine this Red Menace and its 5th Column in the US. Bad luck for Biden, Pelosi, DiFi et al. Good luck to the rest of the world.

    Just my ha’penny.

  5. Nonsense about Taiwan being a province of the PRC. The territories of the mainland are illegally in rebellion against the legitimate government of the Republic of China. (I managed to type that with a straight face.)

    “The Formosans didn’t welcome them just as they didn’t welcome the Japanese.”
    If you mean the aboriginal inhabitants of the island, they are less empowered than Amerinds in the US. The people calling themselves “Taiwanese” (as in Taiwanese Liberation types) are mainlanders from Fujian province who arrived there about 400 years ago. Many of those Fujianese-descended Taiwanese saw themselves as more Japanese than Chinese when the remnants of the Kuomingtang (Nationalists) arrived on Formosa. I know many Taiwanese whose grandparents spoke better Japanese than Mandarin, and were very proud of that fact. Seeing as actual Chinese hate the “dwarf rapists” this needless to say was quite a source of tension. (But no one hates the Japanese as much as the Koreans.)

    • The if the ROK types had nuclear weapons, they’d turn them on the Japanese before they fired them north. I didn’t believe that until I spent time there in the Navy and it’s 100% true.

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