MiddlePath...lol, you're thinking and looking at it so short term, not surprised. How do you want to bet Taiwan's status at the 2020 mark? 2050? 2100?
Taiwan was always about the long haul
I hope the U.S will lift the arms embargo on Viet Nam. Viet Nam does not necessarily need to spend billion dollar on U.S weaponry; just the option of being able to buy from the U.S will give us more leverage when dealing with the Russian. The Russian, afterall, have been taking us for granted anytime we buy their weapons.
Taiwan’s 1947 Constitution, written while Chiang Kai-sheik still had a Chinese capital, makes territorial land claims in all or part of 10 countries, including independent Mongolia, Tibet, and parts of India, Burma, Russia, Afghanistan and Pakistan. But those claims are never prosecuted by Taipei, and are only still enshrined in the Constitution because Beijing views any amendment to Taiwan’s territorial claims as a step towards independence and away from its “One China Policy.”
Would be interesting to here from MP.Net's vets.
And I highly think a Taiwan vying for independence is not going to try to pursue some of the absurd land claims. They will need all the help they can get
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What's funny is I can guarantee you no American liberals will have any problem whatsoever with the US making an alliance with the dictatorial and repressive Vietnamese government.
And what about non-liberal Americans, are they opposing an expanded military relationship between Washington and Hanoi?
You already have the economic integration. Millions living in Taiwan and traveling across the straits. Travel links especially the high speed boats that gets you to and from the mainland within just 2hrs. There are now more and more mainland students and tourists in Taiwan. Ancient religious links (Mazu Goddess which Taiwanese and Fujianese fisherman pray to) is now a regular event. You already have Taiwanese singers and actors performing in China (If you can name me one top Taiwan celebrity that is not performing in China). Now even Mainland singers are performing in Taiwan. I was very supprise that Song Zhu Yi held a corcert in Taiwan. Do you know what songs she normally sings ? Yes, patrotic songs.
Now they are talking about finiancial links and allowing Mainland banks in Taiwan. Nothing is impossible. Even militray talks is being talked about. A peace treaty is not far away.
The southern part of Taiwan is the Min Jin Dang (DPP) stronghold. Mostly farmers.... which now depends on the mainland to sell their fruits. I already know of one villiage leader from the south already defected to KMT.
Recent announcments by DPP says they have no problems if their members visit the Mainland. Wow!
Bottomline is this. Once Taiwan is fully integrated and that the entire world already says Taiwan is part of China, what is left of Taiwan independence ? Only the old and dying half Japanese population.