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Taiwan, also know at the Republic of China, left the communist People's Republic of China (modern day China) in 1949. While many see Taiwan as a part of China's government, Taiwan says that it has its own government. An election in 2016 has sparked current events that China fears could be a threat to international peace.
Tsai Ing-Wen, a member of the democratic progressive party, beat the former president of the ROC, Ma ying-jeou in the 2016 presidential election of ROC. In addition to civil rights, the Native Lawyer of Taiwan based her campaign off of giving China full independence from China.
However, on the other side of the coin, recently Beijing has claimed that on a 1992 consensus, the Chinese Communist Party and the Kuomintang party of Taiwan agreed on "one China," meaning that Taiwan is apart of China. While Tsai Ing-Wen hardly mentions the contract, many other Taiwanese government officials claim that the consensus never existed!
In other recent news, the amount of tourists from China visiting Taiwan has plummeted ever since Tsai Ing-Wen was elected. Ing-Wen claims she seeks peace with China, but China believe that Taiwan wants nothing to do with them. The lack of tourism's effect on China is both economic and diplomatic, as Taiwan strives to strengthen its relationships with foreign nations.
The United States of America has historically backed One China and kept limited relations with Taiwan. However, our recently elected president, Donald Trump, believes that Taiwan should have to be bound to China as a "Special Administrative Region", and that we should establish a strong relationship with Taiwan. In a recent speech by actor Meryl Streep, she mentioned that as Taiwan continues trying to build a name for itself, it should be called, the Republic of Taiwan instead of the Republic of China, as this is ironic as they want to be their own nation.
Recently, China's only aircraft carrier was spotted by Taiwan and Japan in the South China sea. Although China claims the platform based on soviet models was running routine combat drills, while many officials of Taiwan believe that this could be a threat from China that they are not afraid to back up their view on "One China" using military force.
This chart taken from one of my sources, shows citizens of Taiwan's views of China. The majority replied with "Good," disproving China's view that Taiwan is hell-bent on revenge. Despite all of these problems like intrusive aircraft carriers, political hostilities, and tourism droughts, after communication and trust is established with China, Tsai Ing-Wen can keep her promise and become an ally of China