- Jan 14, 2003
Originally posted by: rchiu
[You are wrong. Taiwan was never part of PRC since the inception of PRC in 1949. If Taiwan was never part of PRC, how can it be a "breakaway" province?
In reality, Taiwan is an independent country. Taiwan has it's own government, economy and military. Taiwanese people have Taiwanese citizenship and live in a well-defined Taiwanese territory.
But it doesn't make a difference if there is a good justification or not when a country wants to invade another. We all see that power and tanks talk, and the victors write the history. As long as Taiwan remains an important issue for Chinese politicians, they won't take a soft stance over this. As long as China stays the most populous nation in the world with largest army, nations are gonna be take favorable position with China.
Taiwanese gotta be smart and play politics correctly to stay prosperous and free. As long as Taiwan doesn't declare outright independence or appear to be working on getting recognition, China won't do much to change the current situation. After all, you can say whatever you want about Chinese military, but if they do invade Taiwan, they risk taking high casualty in the war, destroying a prosperous Taiwanese economy, and slowing their own economy and foreign investment.
I'm assuming that you are disagreeing with Eaglekeeper? As I believe the point I was trying to make in my post agreed with yours. Taiwan is, for all intents and purposes, a independent nation. The mainland just bullies other countries into not recognizing Taiwan diplomatically, by threatening less favorable trade status/diplomatic standing with the offending nation.