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Taiwan's new President Lai in his inauguration speech urges China to stop its military intimidation

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By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN and SIMINA MISTREANU

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Always relevant to keep in mind is this breakaway province of China has no UN recognition.

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Given that KMT has most seats in the legislature, Lai should be prioritising relationship between TPP an DPP. Already there's a brawl because the KMT is working hard to block all DPP bills.

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The best of luck to you, Mr. Lai.

Please continue the great work that Tsai has done, strengthening Taiwan as the modern, progressive democracy that it is. The country is a model for the rest of Asia.

Please also continue working closely together with Taiwan's allies (even if they're officially "informal," due to China's wholly unwarranted aggression) and the very successful New Southbound Policy.

I'm sure you'll do a great job... as long as the KMT and its allies don't put personal gain/kowtowing to Emperor Xi over the needs of the people (which they are, unfortunately, likely to).

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JJEToday 01:02 pm JST

Always relevant to keep in mind is this breakaway province of China

Always relevant to keep in mind the many millions of people who actually live there, who completely disagree with this.

https://www.pewresearch.org/short-reads/2024/01/16/most-people-in-taiwan-see-themselves-as-primarily-taiwanese-few-say-theyre-primarily-chinese/

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I simply loved the bilingual event. Uncle Sam approves.

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deanzaZZRToday 01:17 pm JST

I simply loved the bilingual event. Uncle Sam approves.

Just like most people across the world (that is, those who aren't taken in by CCP propaganda) approve of a democratic Taiwan.

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Keep dreaming..

The reunification is unstoppable..

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JJE

Always relevant to keep in mind is this breakaway province of China has no UN recognition.

Always relevant to keep in mind that while it considers Taiwan a part of China, it is ambiguous about defending Taiwan if China tries to use force.

This effectively makes Taiwan an independent nation.

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TokyoLiving

Keep dreaming..

The reunification is unstoppable..

Keep dreaming..

It will never happen.

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People predicting the “inevitable” reunification are, dare I say, part of a deluded and delusional pathetic decadent circus.

Or so I’m informed.

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JJE

Always relevant to keep in mind is this breakaway province of China has no UN recognition.

Well, it is more than a "breakaway province", but your point is valid. Very few countries recognize Taiwan as a country, and that the US one hand signed off on the one-China policy to appease the CCP and on the other hand ignores its own stated policy and tries to pretend that Taiwan is independent is total hypocrisy. Recognize Taiwan first (and deal with the CCP reaction), instead of trying to have your cake and eat it.

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ZaphodToday 02:39 pm JST

JJE

Always relevant to keep in mind is this breakaway province of China has no UN recognition.

Well, it is more than a "breakaway province", but your point is valid. Very few countries recognize Taiwan as a country, and that the US one hand signed off on the one-China policy to appease the CCP and on the other hand ignores its own stated policy and tries to pretend that Taiwan is independent is total hypocrisy. Recognize Taiwan first (and deal with the CCP reaction), instead of trying to have your cake and eat it.

You're not American so I don't know why you are telling us what to do.

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ZaphodToday 02:39 pm JST

the US one hand signed off on the one-China policy to appease the CCP and on the other hand ignores its own stated policy and tries to pretend that Taiwan is independent is total hypocrisy.

You appear to be misinformed, or confused, or parroting the CCP party line.

The US's "One China Policy" is very different to the CCP's "One China Principle." The US only acknowledges (and does not support) China's claim to Taiwan. There is therefore no "hypocrisy," as the US does not recognize Taiwan as part of the PRC.

The CCP purposely conflates the two things, and fallaciously asserts that other countries support its claim to Taiwan, but this is untrue. (Countries that are dependent on/client states of China usually do; the rest usually don't).

https://www.us-taiwan.org/resources/faq-the-united-states-one-china-policy-is-not-the-same-as-the-prc-one-china-principle/

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The 3 letter agency spokesperson speaks once again.

"The US side declared: The United States acknowledges that all Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China. The United States Government does not challenge that position. It reaffirms its interest in a peaceful settlement of the Taiwan question by the Chinese themselves." Shanghai Comminuqe, 1972.

https://www.ait.org.tw/u-s-prc-joint-communique-1972/

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deanzaZZRToday 05:00 pm JST

The 3 letter agency spokesperson speaks once again.

"The US side declared: The United States acknowledges that all Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China. The United States Government does not challenge that position. It reaffirms its interest in a peaceful settlement of the Taiwan question by the Chinese themselves." Shanghai Comminuqe, 1972.

https://www.ait.org.tw/u-s-prc-joint-communique-1972/

Acknowledging a patently false statement doesn't make it true.

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deanzaZZRToday 05:00 pm JST

"The US side declared: The United States acknowledges that all Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China. The United States Government does not challenge that position.

That's precisely my point. It "acknowledges" both sides' (PRC and ROC) claim to Taiwan. That's very different to saying that the US recognizes Taiwan as part of the PRC.

...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Communiqu%C3%A9#Document

The United States formally acknowledged that "all Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain there is but one China". The use of the word "acknowledge" rather than "accept" is often cited as an example of the United States' ambiguous position regarding the future of Taiwan.

...

That was the ROC's position at the time, but the current government does not lay claim to the Chinese mainland. It sees Taiwan as independent.

https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2023/08/16/2003804803

...but you no doubt already know all this, and are just reposting the CCP line as always. My purpose in replying to you is merely to inform anyone who may not already be aware.

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Always relevant to keep in mind is this breakaway province of China has no UN recognition.

Correction, it was the communist forces that broke away from Republic of China rule, not the other way around. Even the CCP is well aware Taiwan has never been under its rule.

It is always relevant to keep statements factual to keep from having "egg on face" syndrom.

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ZaphodToday  02:39 pm JST

JJE

Always relevant to keep in mind is this breakaway province of China has no UN recognition.

Well, it is more than a "breakaway province", but your point is valid. Very few countries recognize Taiwan as a country, and that the US one hand signed off on the one-China policy to appease the CCP and on the other hand ignores its own stated policy and tries to pretend that Taiwan is independent is total hypocrisy.

No it's not hypocrisy.

The United States "signed off" on the One-China Policy. In which the US agreed that Beijing was the sole representative government of "China".

However, the US has never recognized China's sovereignty over Taiwan. The U.S. simply "recognizes" that China has such a position on Taiwan.

That is why the Taiwan Relations Act came into being just 8 years after recognizing the People's Republic of China.

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