Does Taiwan Have The Right to Be Autonomous?

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2061 words
2061 words

Taiwan has a very long history with China in its early years of colonization, and since China gave Taiwan to Japan during the World War II, Taiwan formed an autonomous government and wanted to gain political autonomy from China. The problem considering the autonomy of Taiwan has been around for centuries. On one hand, Taiwanese people claim their land was separated from the Mainland China for a long time and should be reasonable to gain autonomy, while the Chinese government says that Taiwan is still an inseparable part of China and should maintain unified. Many of us are concerned whether Russia has the right to claim Crimea as one of its lands, and the problem between China and Taiwan is similar. There have been discussions in Asia about whether Taiwan has the right to be independent, which is to gain political independence from China, but settling this complicated dispute is not easy. If wrongfully put, the economy of both lands could be harmed, and the worst case would be war between the two lands. Taiwan has the right to be autonomous, but the fact could be that they shouldn’t be autonomous. Speaking from different angles, it would be best if Taiwan can maintain its current relationship with China, if not even closer relationship.

Taiwan was founded by China and had a long history of being governed, but the land was given to Japan during World War II in return of truce and thus has no owner ever since. During World War II, Taiwan rebelled against the ruling of Japanese government, and many say that the idea of Taiwan Independence emerged at that time. After Japan lost the war, the country signed a treaty to return all of its occupied lands, but in the treaty, there was no specific assignment of the belongings of the cover...

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J. Michael Cole, August 23, 2013, ‘No Missiles Required: How China is Buying Taiwan’s "Re-Unification"’.

Shih-hwang Chiang, Oct 2013, <>

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  • Opines that taiwan has a long history with china in its early years of colonization, and since china gave taiwan to japan during the world war ii, taiwan formed an autonomous government and wanted political autonomy from china.
  • Explains that taiwan was founded by china and had a long history of being governed, but the land was given to japan during world war ii in return of truce.
  • Opines that taiwan has no official belonging, and it has shifted from one government to another but wasn't very satisfied with any of them.
  • Opines that taiwan has been self-governed since 1950, but it has never officially been independent before, and lacks experience when handling problems without aid from its mother countries.
  • Argues that taiwan's democratic progressive party should be autonomous because they have governed their country very well. however, the chinese government is in a balanced relationship with taiwan in terms of trade, communication, and investment.
  • Opines that taiwanese people feel insecure about the government because they shift so quickly. they fear that when the prc is in charge again, time will return to 60 years ago.
  • Explains that after world war ii, japan gave up control over taiwan and taiwan was put under the administrative control of the republic of china government since 1945. china specified the "one country, two system" policy and allowed taiwan to maintain their political stand.
  • Analyzes how the kuomintang of china (kmt) is inclined to have a unified china, and ma ying-jeou is reelected with 51.6% of the vote.
  • Opines that the chinese government wants to re-unite with taiwan to exploit its resources and make it one of the many insignificant cities in its land.
  • Explains that taiwan lowered the threshold for chinese investors to invest in the island. this deepens the bond of taiwan with mainland china and both lands benefited in this investment relationship.
  • Explains that taiwan has a long history of investment in mainland china. the percentage of trade between them has grown exponentially since 1996, reaching us$168.96 billion in 2012. harming the relationship could result in the end of many million-dollar businesses.
  • Explains that chinese investors are harshly censored when investing in taiwan by many different forces, and any politically inclined investment is called to end immediately.
  • Argues that the free trade agreement is an example of china trying to buy taiwan with its money and power. the agreement has led to massive student protests in taipei.
  • Opines that blogs show that many people are for the agreement, but are against the abuse of power of the current president, ma ying-jeou, in taiwan.
  • Opines that china respects taiwan and is trying to settle disputes through meetings and talks.
  • Opines that although china is making many promises now, the government may not actualize the promise it made. they fear that once reunited, taiwan will become one of the "best small-states provinces."
  • Opines that china granted hong kong self-governance rights that allow them to have their own executive authorities. this compromise to the working style of the prc but also a political view that mainland china did not agree on.
  • Argues that taiwanese people don't want to be considered chinese because they believe that china has low-educated people who are not civilized.
  • Opines that taiwan has the right to become autonomous, but should remain the current status with china because it is beneficial for both countries.
  • Analyzes how taiwan-china trade reached us$168.96 billion in 2012: china customs.
  • Cites j. michael cole's article, "no missiles required: how china is buying taiwan’s "re-unification".
  • Cites shih-hwang chiang, keri phillips, and channel news asia.

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