posted on Jul, 21 2019 @ 02:13 PM
a reply to: AnakinWayneII
You state there will never be unification of the PRC and the ROC and its too much of a "hassle", despite the words and actions of China proving
otherwise. You've repeated this several times without any reason to back it despite me asking for some thread of logic so I'm left to assume this is
just how you feel about it and the actual history past and present will not convince you otherwise. I will argue that same passionate feeling you have
about China not wanting the "hassle" pales in comparison to how passionately the Chinese actually feel about it. So passionately that they have
included it into the national goals year after year for almost 60 years.
Just because the benefit is little in your eyes understand that sometimes a principle of power that rests on the perception of strength and unity
within an ideology can drive a nation to act against its own perceived interests, just as religion can drive a nation to act against its own interests
purely because of a doctrine within that religion.
That might be too much so let me simplify, China's government seeks reunification because Chinese people see it as a benchmark of a unified China,
they are taught that this piece of land is being held by usurpers who are holding Chinese land hostage against the wishes of its own people. This
lesson has been taught for several generations so despite our perceived value, to them it has a cultural significance tied to the birth of their
nation and freeing of their own people.
This Nationalism or extreme patriotism mirrors religious fanaticism in that the revisionist history creates an altered perception of the world and is
the driving force for much of their views regarding Taiwan. Things like the Tienanmen square protests is banned from search engines because they are
taught a different history from the rest of the world. It's also why religion is suppressed so heavily as any religious identity has to take second
place to the National interest.
I could argue that country willing to go to these lengths to suppress divergent thoughts and ideas is capable of anything.
But just as IkNOwSTuff and other people have said, China doesn't have a history of military action against foreign nations to achieve objectives,
Korea and a few others would be outliers in the history books so I understand that perspective to a degree. Their own history of being invaded is
taught ad infinitum as a reinforcement to the need for a strong unified China. However they have a long history of internal warfare and suppression
and they consider Taiwan as part of China which places this well within the realm of possibility.