Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called for international support to defend the self-ruled island’s democracy and way of life in the face of renewed threats from China.
“We hope that the international community takes it seriously and can voice support and help us,” Tsai told reporters in Taipei, referring to threats by China to use force to bring Taiwan under its control. If the international community did not support a democratic country that was under threat, “we might have to ask which country might be next,?” Tsai added.
Tsai’s comments came days after Chinese President Xi Jinping said nobody could change the fact that Taiwan was part of China, and that people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait should seek “reunification”.
Chinese president went on to threaten Taiwan with force, which would mean an all out war, invasion and occupation of Taiwan, should they refuse to "peacefully" reunify with mainland China.
Last month a Chinese military official told an audience at a conference held in Beijing that China should “be ready to take over Taiwan” and Xi Jinping, in a meeting of the Chinese Military top brass, said that China’s armed forces must strengthen their sense of urgency and do everything they can to prepare for battle,
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.
The Chinese government views Taiwan as a breakaway province and has adamantly opposed the attempts of any country to carry on any official relations with it.
The split between China and Taiwan goes back to 1949, when the Republic of China (ROC) government fled the mainland to Taiwan.
After Japan was defeated in World War Two, the US and Britain agreed that Taiwan should be handed over to their ally, Chiang Kai-shek's Republic of China government, which was then in control of most of China. But in the next few years, Chiang's troops were beaten back by the Communist armies under Mao Zedong.
Chiang and the remnants of his Kuomintang (KMT) government fled to Taiwan in 1949. This group, referred to as Mainland Chinese and then making up 1.5m people, dominated Taiwan's politics for many years, even though they only account for 14% of the population.
The ROC administration of Taiwan under Chen Yi was strained by increasing tensions between Taiwanese-born people and newly arrived mainlanders, which were compounded by economic woes, such as hyperinflation. Furthermore, cultural and linguistic conflicts between the two groups quickly led to the loss of popular support for the new government, while the mass movement led by the working committee of the Communist Party also aimed to bring down the Kuomintang government and establish Communist rule.
The shooting of a civilian on 28 February 1947 triggered island-wide unrest, which was suppressed with military force in what is now called the February 28 Incident. Mainstream estimates of the number killed range from 5,000 to 20,000.
Having inherited an effective dictatorship, Chiang's son, Chiang Ching-kuo, began a process of democratisation, which eventually led to the 2000 election of the island's first non-KMT president, Chen Shui-bian. Washington cut formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1979, expressing its support for Beijing's "One China" concept, which states that Taiwan is part of China.
Today, China has hundreds of missiles pointing towards Taiwan and its 24 million people. It also passed a law in 2005 which basicly states that China will use force and will invade Taiwan if it declares independence.
Despite all of China's constant bullying and threats, Taiwan remains defiant, flaunting its democracy and free society in the face of China's dictatorial Communist one party rule.
It's not a question of "if" China attacks Taiwan, but when, because Taiwan would never willingly choose to become part of Totalitarian China, so the other question would be is what would be the world's and the international community's reaction when totalitarian China attempts to invade, occupy and destroy democratic Taiwan.