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Originally posted by imAMERICAN
hmmmmmmmmm ok w/e you say about the satelites, but id bet either way the U.S is keeping a close eye on things there, and about the stem cell research comment, im not sure what you meant by it, but i am pro-stem cell research i dont think religious beliefs should impede on scientific advancement of the whole country (im not a fan of organized religion..BUT im NOT an atheist either) but none of that has anything to do with the topic at hand! anyway although Taiwan is rightfully part of China, with all the time thats passed, i dont think that it would be civilized for China to just stomp in, and i think that its the rest of our rite to defend the taiwanense...unless of course they want to become one with China again-which i dont think they do. anyway new question: do you think that U.S intervention would be met with threats and/or a nuclear response from China??????
In Taiwan, there is a debate now as to just how much a part of China, Taiwan is. One group says it is without question part of China and they want "eventual" unification (but maybe not now). Another group says that Taiwan basically has a local variant of Chinese culture but it doesn't necessarily have to be part of China (but could consider it). A third group argues that Taiwan is culturally and ethnically distinct from China, with important Chinese elements for sure, but its own identity.
95%+ of the people there do not like the Beijing government. In fact, I have not met even one person there who had any good words for the crew in Beijing. If China was anything like an open society politically speaking, unification would have a lot more support. Even the one country/two systems approach used in Hong Kong is viewed with suspicion but there are some who would be willing to risk it.
Ethnically speaking, Taiwan is
- about 20% Chinese people who came from the mainland after 1949. This group speaks a form of Mandarin similar to that on the mainland. This group was politically dominant for a long time.
- about 75% Taiwanese Chinese who came to Taiwan in the 1600s. This group speaks a local form of chinese.
- less than 5% of various indigineous people who are not ethnically Chinese being more closely related to certain peoples on Western Pacific Islands and the Philipines. They have their own languages. The present goverment in Taipei loves to promote these people and their culture.
Originally posted by revengeogmakhno
As you said, the Taiwan issue is a damn hard one for China. Who needs it in the face of all the other challenges they face?
Direct Flights between China and Taiwan Take Off for First Time in 56 Years
Nonstop flights between China and Taiwan took off Saturday for the first time in more than half a century as part of a temporary plan to ease tensions across the Taiwan Strait.