China Reverses Its Big Promise, Potentially Escalating Tensions With Taiwan

China Reverses Its Big Promise, Potentially Escalating Tensions With Taiwan

China Reverses Their Big Promise – DANGER LOOMS

( – The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has never wavered on its plan to reunify with Taiwan. But recent documentation from the government shows President Xi Jinping is taking a different approach to the situation. A white paper released on August 10 lacks a previous provision that would support self-governance on the island once it is back under Chinese control. This stance is a complete switch from those published in 1993 and 2000.

The missive failed to promise the PRC would not send troops or others within the government to Taipei if reunification occurred. The nation still proposes it wants to keep the process calm but does not take the potential for military involvement off the table. It spoke of a two-systems answer to the issue, which upholds independent rule on the island with support from the Chinese Communist Party.

Taipei was unhappy with the white paper, saying the only people who should be deciding the nation’s future were those living on the island. The Mainland Affairs Council noted the move threatened the ability to maintain peace and showed the PRC has no regard for the people’s opinions.

The Republic of China (ROC), Taiwan’s official name, and the mainland have been at odds since 1949. The ROC wishes to maintain a separate government, but China wants it back under its rule. The newest Taiwanese president, elected in 2016, Tsai Ing-wen, is a strong supporter of democracy on the island, which only fuels the issues between it and the PRC.

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