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WHY (almost) NO COUNTRIES recognize TAIWAN – VisualPolitik EN

WHY (almost) NO COUNTRIES recognize TAIWAN – VisualPolitik EN

Despite being a small country with barely
20 million inhabitants, for at least the last seven decades, Taiwan has been a hot spot
of international politics. Its official name is not Taiwan, but the “Republic
of China”. This is because its origin goes back to the
country that emerged in China after the Xinhai Revolution of 1912. A revolution that led to the fall of the Qing
Dynasty. However, the story doesn’t end there. A few years later, China was to face a new
nightmare with the invasion of the Japanese Empire, which managed to control the richest
and most powerful parts of the new country, and whose capitulation in 1945 served as a
breeding ground for the outbreak of a new power struggle: that of Mao’s communists against
the republicans of the Kuomintang nationalists. And so, you can imagine who won, right? Mao was able to establish his people’s republic
in mainland China, while the leaders of the counter-revolution and what remained of their
army settled on the island of Formosa. There, they created a state considered for
decades to be the legitimate successor of the model government that existed in Mainland
China prior to the invasion of Japan and the subsequent communist revolution. That one thing is important, the legitimate
government of the Republic of China. And in this way, for more than 30 years the
nationalist government of Taiwan was, for many countries, the valid interlocutor, the
Government of China. The natural successor of the Xinhai Revolution. The legitimate government of the entire country. Viewed from this perspective, Mao’s regime
was nothing more than a government that illegitimately occupied mainland China. In fact, that has traditionally been the claim
of the Taiwanese authorities. And we need to tread carefully here, because
we are not exactly talking about a democracy, but of a rigid dictatorship under the control
of Chiang Kai Sek. To give you an idea, there were no elections
held there until 1996. In spite of this and thanks to its alliance
with the United States, until 1971, the Republic of China, i.e. Taiwan, occupied the seat that belongs to
China at the United Nations to the detriment of the People’s Republic founded and controlled
by Mao Zedong. In 1971, however, everything began to change. That year Taiwan lost its seat at the UN in
favour of the People’s Republic of China. Of course, let’s see, a country can only
have one representative in the UN. And if there are two governments that consider
themselves to be legitimate, then… you have to choose one or the other. And therein lies the problem, Taiwan has never
been considered as an independent country, but as the legitimate China. What a mess! From that moment on, international recognition
and the global influence of Taiwan have done nothing but plummet. Now, what happened to the Taiwan that was
once fully recognized by all the major western powers? What will become of it now that mainland China
has become a superpower? What happened to Taiwan’s claims? And what is even more important, what can
we expect after the enormous protests that have occurred in Hong Kong, and the recent
presidential elections of January 2020 in Taiwan? Let’s take a look! (FROM LEGITIMATE HEIR TO POLITICAL NUISANCE) As I’ve just explained, for many years the
government of Taiwan was, for most countries, the sovereign representative of the Chinese
nation. Of course, the increasing influence of the
People’s Republic of China together with the economic awakening of the Asian giant, has
really turned the tables. Taiwan began losing recognition from all the
countries with a few exceptions from smaller nations. The United States, Taiwan’s most important
ally, officially switched its recognition to the People’s Republic of China to the detriment
of the Republic of China under the Carter Administration in 1979. Currently, only 14 countries in addition to
the Vatican recognize the Republic of China as the valid state of China. This situation and the fact that even the
fiercest allies of Taiwan cease to officially recognize them, led the island government
to abandon its claim as legitimate government of China in the early 1990s. Since then, Taiwan has relaxed its efforts
on recognition and has opted for a strategy that is becoming increasingly clear and is
gaining more support over time: Not to be recognized as the Republic of China, but only
as Taiwan. Given the story so far, that makes perfect
sense. The Taiwanese understand all too well that
the political, social, economic and democratic measures they have taken over the years on
the island have created a great divide between it and mainland China. The lifestyle, current politics and society
in Taiwan are completely different to what exists in the People’s Republic of China under
the Communist Party dictatorship. There are increasing differences in Taiwanese
society and the island’s government already understands how insurmountable these are,
and doesn’t view the possibility of melding with mainland China worth the struggle. Purely and simply, Taiwan is a foreign country. (AUDIO: “China’s suppression of Taiwan
in the international arena cannot change the indisputable fact of Taiwan’s existence,
nor can it coerce the Taiwanese people into abandoning their democratic and free way of
life,” – Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs) We could say that those who only a couple
of generations ago founded a country of exiled people on an island have managed to create
an independent nation with its own idiosyncrasies. And that is precisely the idea defended by
the current President Tsai Ing Wen, of the Democratic Progressive Party. But, wait a moment, there is one more important
thing to point out. This particular vision is not shared by all. The Kuomintang, another major party in Taiwan
defends a very different position: to build closer ties and come to an understanding with
the Chinese regime. But… Wait a moment, did I say Kuomintang? Does that name ring any bells? Exactly, the Kuomintang is the party founded
by the nationalist republican leaders who fought against the Chinese communist revolution
and established the present Taiwan. Yes, that’s right. Even though it sounds incredible, the party
that once went head to head with the Chinese regime now advocates to be their friend. Then, there are those that say nothing ever
changes in politics. Ha! In this case the switches are more frequent
than an Instagrammer snapping selfies. Now, the question that crops up is… What on earth has led to such a turnaround? Well, money plays a crucial role in every
aspect of this story. Yes, yes, the money. And I am not just referring to bribes, kickbacks
or opaque agreements of all kinds, but to the possibility of taking advantage of the
huge economy that has been developed in mainland China. And it is precisely here where we hit a crucial
question: Which would you choose? Fight for the full independence of your country,
although it means risking economic relations with an Asian superpower or seek an understanding
with Beijing? That is not an easy question by any means. This is the big question the Taiwanese are
trying to answer and their collective answer will determine the electoral result. Now, before we go on, there is a question
we haven’t covered. What’s been happening with Taiwan since
it began losing international recognition? Has it been isolated? The short answer is… No. Taiwan is an exception, it is not officially
considered a country, but there is a de facto international recognition regarding its sovereignty
and self-government. Their former international embassies have
become “economic and cultural offices”, which act as embassies, de facto as well. The Taiwanese have identity documents and
passports issued by their own government that are internationally recognized. And, this is something that angers Beijing. Few things bother the government of the People’s
Republic of China as much as seeing how Taiwan is, in practice, an independent country. (AUDIO: Taiwan must and will be reunited with
China. Independence will only bring hardship and
the re-unification with the mainland was an inevitable requirement for the great rejuvenation
of the Chinese people.” Xi Jinping) But do not think for a second that they put
up with this. No. The Chinese Government, the government of
Xi Jinping, has been harassing the island for years with strategies designed to wear
them down. How exactly? Many of you can imagine, I’m sure. China’s pockets are deep, extremely deep;
and don’t make the mistake of thinking there are only a couple of countries willing to
cast Taiwan aside in exchange for a handful of investments. We all know too well that money talks. But, just a moment, all this does not mean
that Taiwan is alone in the world. That’s something that China hasn’t managed
to achieve. Another thing that, by the way, drives them
crazy as well. You see, even if it is only recognized diplomatically
by a handful of governments, the Taiwanese retain many allies and common interests with
a lot of countries. In particular there’s an agreement with
the US that has been in place since the end of the 70s which states that the great American
power ensures that the island will be stocked with military equipment. (AUDIO: “Changes in the diplomatic arena
are indeed challenging. But Taiwan still has many friends around the
world willing to stand with us, and we are not alone.” – Tsai Ing Wen, president of Taiwan.) So, as we’ve already discussed in a previous
video that I’ll leave a link for in the description, the Taiwanese government has
opted for the strategy of differentiation: We have nothing to do with China, we are Taiwan
and we do not intend to rule over anyone other than ourselves, nor allow anyone to rule over
us. This is the message from President Tsai that
has struck a deep chord with Taiwanese voters. In the recent presidential elections, the
victory of Tsai has been overwhelming: she got 58% of the votes, a difference of almost
20 points over the Kuomintang party of Han Kuo Yu. So this is much more than a simple victory. What Tsai has done electorally is to take
a steamroller, throw the candidates in the asphalt and roll right over the top of them. But why is it that the Taiwanese have voted
in this way despite the constant warnings of Beijing against the new government of Tsai
Ing Wen? Listen up! (TAIWAN: THERMOMETER OF CHINESE EXPANSIONISM) The recent elections of January 2020 in Taiwan
have been a tremendous democratic slap in the face to the Beijing regime. With the lessons learned from the recent events
in Hong Kong, the Taiwanese have seen the eyes of the beast clearer than ever. The constant meddling by Beijing in hongkongese
affairs, the violation of the special status of the city, and the huge protests to claim
back freedom, have led the Taiwanese to lose the very little trust they had left in China. That is why they have voted against the Kuomintang
and its trust in Beijing. A trust which, they claim, would result in
economic stability – That is to say, Chinese money and peace in the region, or put another
way, a reduction in the influence of the United States. However, the opinion of the Taiwanese people
has been very different. The nearly 20 points difference achieved by
Tsai Ing Wen marks the greatest electoral victory since elections have been held in
the country. (AUDIO: “The results of this election carry
an added significance. They have shown that when our sovereignty
is threatened, the Taiwanese people will shout our determination even more loudly back.” Tsai Ing Wen, president of Taiwan) Tsai has been able to take advantage of the
fear the Taiwanese have about loss of freedom due to the influence of China, and it’s
a point she drove home in her final campaign speech. Listen: (AUDIO; “The young people of Hong Kong have
used their lives, as well as their blood and tears, to demonstrate to us that ‘one country,
two systems’ is unworkable. Tomorrow, let our young people of Taiwan demonstrate
to them that the values of democracy and freedom will overcome all difficulties.” – Tsai Ing Wen, president of Taiwan.) The difficulties that Tsai is talking about
are international political isolation and loss of investments. The Asian giant is hell-bent on isolating
Taipei in order to stifle its economy and force the island nation to surrender to their
demands if they want to maintain their standard of living. And to this end they are not hesitating to
flash some cash. We have seen it most recently with two of
the few countries that still recognized Taiwan as the legitimate government of China: the
Solomon Islands and Kiribati. (AUDIO: China extends influence in Pacific
as Solomon Islands break with Taiwan – The Guardian) (AUDIO: Taiwan loses another ally as Kiribati
cuts ties – BBC) Two small territories in the Pacific that
could have been key for the United States in the containment of Chinese expansionist
aspirations. But now the balance seems tilted more than
ever toward Beijing. Of the fourteen countries that still recognize
Taiwan, there are only four in the South Pacific area. And the recognition or not of Taiwan by these
countries implicitly represents their level of loyalty to the United States against China. Which leaves us very striking results. The lax approach of the United States in this
part of the world coupled with the giant deterring power of Chinese money, have ensured that
no wars nor military ships were needed to ensure control of these seas which are very
important for world trade. But… let’s not stray from the issue. The thing is that now, with another four years
of the independentist Tsai ruling Taiwan, it is expected that relations with Beijing
will become colder than an ice cream in the middle of the North Pole. And when we talk about diplomatic relations
and China… we’re often talking about economic blockades. That is the challenge that President Tsai
is facing… Because, if there’s one thing Beijing has
argued for both actively and passively, it’s that they will never tolerate the full independence
of Taiwan. (AUDIO; “We reject the ‘one country, two
systems model. We value the lifestyle of democracy, and we
defend our sovereignty.” Tsai Ing Wen) But, at this point, it’s your turn, if you
were Taiwanese, which would you choose, your political and social freedoms, or China and
the business? Do you think that Taiwan can continue growing
and developing leaving the Chinese superpower aside? Leave your answer in the comments. So I really hope you enjoyed this video, please
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100 comments on “WHY (almost) NO COUNTRIES recognize TAIWAN – VisualPolitik EN

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  2. The kuomingtang wasn't founded by Chiang Kai Shek but by Sun Yat Sen, a Democrat. Chiang changed everything and gave a new meaning of the word

  3. Prague, the capital city of Czech Republic, has just signed a strategic partnership agreement with Tchaj-pej, the capital of Taiwan. The previous agreement with Shanghai has been terminated.
    Though important czech companies operating in China, such as Home Credit, Skoda etc etc and opposed opinion from the czech government, it seems, that the government will co-operate and the whole Czech Republic is going to recognize Taiwan as a sovereign country..
    We'll see..

  4. I heard this One Weird Trick you can pull on someone from mainland China: tell them that you heard that China legalised same-sex marriage. While they sputter, or if they say "No way, we never…!", tell them it's legal in Taiwan. Then sit back and watch them go crazy and/or purple trying to keep themselves from saying "WELL, TAIWAN IS NOT CHINA!!!1!", which– of course– they're not really allowed to say.

  5. Gal Gadot making Huaiwei commercial and Wonder Woman working for a Pro PRC party. Princess Diana you really disappoint me!

  6. South Korea is ROK (Republic of Korea)

    Taiwan is ROC (Republic of China)

    Communist Kim has "ONE KOREA POLICY"

    Communist Xi has "ONE CHINA POLICY"

    Only cowards treat ROC different from their treatment of ROK.

    There will only be ONE KOREA and ONE CHINA when the communists dictatorships fail and FREE ELECTIONS are held in DPRK and PRC.

  7. Thanks for doing a video on TW. It's an important issue in the geopolitical dynamics of the entirety of Asia. TW is it! HK is too small. Japan has been demilitarized. Korea has its own concerns with DPRK. If TW falls to the commies, the world will be split in 2 hemispheres. THE REAL COLD WAR WILL BEGIN. NOBODY wants that.

    Go visit TW everybody. Most visiting passports don't require a visa. Or if you do, visiting visas are easy to obtain without a proctological screening (Yes PRC. That's YOU)

    <3 <3 <3

  8. Xi Jinping is the Hitler of the 21st Century! An un-elected tyrant who got his position from family ties and whose cover-up of the Wuhan Plague is a threat to the entire world. China's only level 4 bio-warfare facility just happens to be in WUHAN!! Mainland China in a vast, filthy third world cesspool, a giant San Francisco compared to Taiwan. (Just watch the updated version of Hotel California)

  9. We can only hope that Mainland China's thirst for absolute control, with leave them high and dry. Heart goes out to Taiwan and Hong Kong's struggles.

  10. I've lived in Taiwan for twenty years, permanent resident, have a company here. Fantastic COUNTRY. Very sad that world leaders bow to the Reds. This is a dynamic free democracy.

  11. The war between ROC and PRC is still going on because no treaty been signed. In both constitutions claims either island or mainland are part of their land.

    US is trying to maintain status quo between PRC and ROC because it benefits them.

  12. The UN need to stop being bitches and tell mainland China if they keep bothering Taiwan, we WILL make things tough for them. Cut off trade and isolate them from as many nations as possible. CHINA is just being bullies. If they had gone to war with Taiwan back in the 40's 50' or even 60's, I could understand this, but at this point they are just being dicks.

    As far as Hong Kong, their was a deal. Mainland China can legit do to them as they please.

  13. Well is the chinese economic boom a facade because they built while cutting corners. NO? More and more pollution considering the world is trying to cut co2 levels. Taiwan should take avantage of that if the want to grow but Freedom is the right of all people. A difficult choice considering Hong Kong is going to loose little by little their rights to chinese laws.

  14. I really don't know how Taiwan and Hong Kong will sort the problems out with China. After all taking it all as a hard pill it is with no fancy wrappings Taiwan was the part of China that lost the long march and Chiang Kai-shek and his follower's took, stole every thing they could put their hands on and escaped to Taiwan. I have no problems with what they did, that's survival for what you believe. It is now a very profitable country with a great people but you are reminded of their plight by visiting the museum in Taipei. Nothing there is any bigger than a box that could be carried by vehicle and shipped to Taiwan. The truth is in what you see. Same in Hong Kong, those dam British that I am ashamed to admit I am bulled China to giving them the island for 99yrs over the opium wars. But to British credit it made it became one of the most profitable counties in Asia. But fact is fact and is still a 99yr lease. It was never Britain's to keep. In hard reality it belongs to China. Imagine leasing a property for X amount of time but when it expires you can't say "It's now MINE." It's not and never will be. It was a 99yr lease. Personally I can only hope China simply relaxes it's policies allows 100% free trade & people movement between Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. Like three buckets of water representing the three with a siphon pipe between teach I'd be most interested to see where the three uniform bucket levels end up. Just common sense!

  15. NO!! As a Chinese, TAIWAN is the LAST beacon of CHINA's demorcracy. As long as TAIWAN exists as a government of China, Mainland Chinese people will have something to look upon to, and know that there's a possibility of demorcracy in them too! CCP do not repersent the people of CHINA. Everyone knows how important China is to the world.How beatiful it will be for the development of mankind if China stands on the same side of demorcracy and freedom? Isn't that what we should be fighting for?

  16. Thank you for making this video about Taiwan. The term unification used by PRC China is simply a propogadna lies they sell to the world. Throughout the history there isn't one single day that Taiwan has ever been ruled by Communist PRC China, which means that Taiwan has never been part of communist China. If one has never been part of something, to say one has claim over the other is plainly wrong. Taiwan is an independent entity that has had nothing to do with China. It has always been PRC China's intention to ursurp Taiwan, and they would go as far as to tell lies to the world that Taiwan is part of theirs.

  17. We indian recognise Taiwan as country and India government recognised Taiwan as a country officially but due to pressure from China India has to withdraw recognition. China is a problem.

  18. China can eat my shorts. Business was fork even when Kuomintang was in power, business partners/clients slowly but surely drift away from Taiwan to China. Yes, have close ties to China do have some benefits but only temporary, not worth of ricks and effort. Because the only industry that was booming and earned large amount money was Tourist. Also because of the recent pandemic, Taiwan don't have to suffer.

  19. We will keep Taiwan great, make it freer, and contribute to the world with greater effort. Thank you VisualPolitik, and thank you America

  20. The people in Taiwan right now are not recognizing themselves as inheritance of Chinese nation, that is a really dangerous thing

  21. I, as a Malaysian, support Taiwan as an individual country with own sovereignty! China is big and "powerful" but it doesn't have the right to control others!!
    Support Taiwan as a country!! 台灣加油!!

  22. The Republic of China on Taiwan is not a successor states to the Republic of China in mainland China. It literally is a continuation of that government. This is the same Republic of China that helped create the United Nations and fought the Japanese on and off for 12 years, while dealing with ongoing communist Insurgency
    It's just a government in exile on an island that have been Japanese until 1945. And that's basically the position they had until the 1990s. But over those 50 years, the people of Taiwan create a new culture. The mainland refugees and Exile Community came to an island with a pre-existing Chinese population that had developed quite independently of the Mainland, as well as the native Formosan people. I want is a separate country just as the Republic of Korea is separate from the People's Republic of Korea. The idea that there can only be one country represented in the UN for every nation is an lie that flies in the face of History. There were two Vermanys and two Vietnams. There is no real ethnic difference between Romanians and moldovan, but not only are they separate countries with seats in the UN, but they're both members of NATO. China occupies a large percentage of Mongolia and Korea. With the fact that there are separate Mongolian in Korean Nations does not undermine the existence of China or their control on these territories. An independent Taiwan would not threaten China. What it would threaten is their expansionist goals.

    Insofar as Formosa is the motherland of the entire austronesian language group, it is unfortunate that so many Pacific Islands take the side of Red China. It seems that they have no understanding of China's vision of taking over island chains

  23. Your accent is very similar to lifeintaiwan, AKA Allan, who has been living in Taiwan as a British expat for twelve years.

  24. I think the world now is time to stand up for taiwan as well as for other countries itself. Chinese commie is a threat to nowaday rule-based order and democracy in the globe.

  25. I have to say that the values of democracy has taken roots in youngsters' mind, but not deep enough in that of people over 50 years old or so. As a Taiwanese identifying ethnically Chinese, I rebuked the ruthless invasion of CCP and dare to say that I am a Taiwanese. Hope that in future the people in mainland China can enjoy the rights and freedom of democracy.

  26. To those who accuse China of money diplomacy, how do you explain why most Western powers switched their recognition in the 70s and 80s when China was still very poor? Not to mention that France established ties with China even back to the 60s when China was poorer than India.

  27. 台湾实行的宪法规定国家名字叫什么?“the Republic of China”, 有人说我不是china的一部分?好,那你改宪法呗!民进党完全有立法条件,为什么不改?都只是网上叫嚣“台湾是个独立的国家”的嘴炮而已!有人说,the republic of China就是个独立的国家,问题联合国里没有这个国家,绝大部分国家也不认同你是一个独立的国家,免签多你就是独立国家了?香港澳门也有很多免签国!而且说白了,ROC和PRC只是一个国家的两个内斗政权,也不是一边一国的概念。台湾人不要整天自己在网上高潮!行动啊!台湾要独立只有一个途径,那就是改宪,彻底摆脱China的标签,只可惜现在没这个胆量和实力,以前台湾没有成功独立,面对实力越来越硬的大陆,以后你们就有机会了吗?指望大陆有一天会衰败吗?即使专制腐败的的CCP执政,也是不可能的,它会发展停滞,甚至倒退,但大陆绝不可能回到改革开放以前的社会了,长远看它只会越来越进步,就像民治维新后的日本一样,虽然经历了帝国主义战争后的衰败,现在却是发达国家一样,随着时间的推移,台湾独立的机会只会越来越渺茫!

  28. TAI-WAAAAAHHHHNNN 😆 Why? VisualPolitik? Why … Its damn funny and somewhat rude at the same 😁😣 It sounded like I-RAN on the last bit on acent.

  29. You can observe taiwan chinese, singapore chinese they are more civilize and quiet. Compare to chinese mainland they spit around Even in marble 5 star hotel.

  30. I'm watching your video from Taiwan and I am currently living in Taiwan in Tainan. What you have said in the video is true. Taiwan is not part of China according to what you have said at the beginning of the video. It was those original government from China lost to the fight and escape to Taiwan during that time and they are trying to make Taiwan a part of China. Yes that's right current president is now on her second term.

  31. One might ask if Taiwan is really as free and democratic as president Tsai likes to put it. Just before the elections, president Tsai's political party DPP forced, undemocratically, two laws through the political procedure. The first law is the anti infiltration law. If The DPP suspects you work together with the Chinese government, they can bring you to court. It is totally not clear under which circumstances and with which parameters this is done. The second law is the anti fake news law. If the DPP thinks news or statements in (social) media are fake, they can censor this and bring the producers to court. So if you bring negative news about DPP and they don't like that, they can simply erase it and make your life very difficult. Opposing parties call this 'green terror' (DPP represents itself with a green color). Former Taiwanese president Ma In-jeou compared the laws to martial laws under the white terror time (no freedom of speech, people were locked up for no reasons). "When the government is in the position to declare something 'fake news', it just opens the door to abuse," said Steven Butler, the Asia Program coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Obviously there is more political freedom in Taiwan than in China, but presenting Tsai Ing-wen as a Taiwanese Joan of Arc fighting for noble democracy against an evil China is an easily digested caricature.

  32. There are quite a few things in which the presenter of this video jumps in conclusions. Like: "Kuomintang (KMT) once went head to head with China, but advocates now to be their friend." This is an enormous exaggeration, suggesting that KMT wants to be part of China. Which is not true. – Then the presenter builds on this wrong assumption: "What on earth has lead to this? -Well, money plays a big part." This is an extremely negative interpretation of a cautious KMT when it comes to doing business with China. More or less 80% of the Taiwanese economy is about China. So you need a sound strategy. Further, businesspeople from both Tsai's DPP and KMT work in China. And an increasing amount of graduating Taiwanese high school students go to universities in China as well, their parents might be KMT or DPP. So bit by bit Taiwan has come much closer to China than it was before. Which is the opposite of what the presenter of this video is saying. Finally, if earning money on China is wrong, the whole world is wrong. The whole world jumps on the do-business-with-China bandwagon, because it's extremely lucrative. It's rather hypocritical to point a moralistic finger at China in such a case.
    – I am not KMT, I am not DPP. I am for a truthful analysis of the situation.

  33. China's scared that the pc market will go away from them drastically if Taiwan gets its freedom. Never give up Taiwan we are with you!

  34. Taiwan: China is part of Taiwan.

    China: No, Taiwan is part of China

    Rest of the world: Looks at the West and goes wherever they go.

  35. It only means Taiwan is never been a part of China cause its been long time Taiwan had been recognized by the world before the China. Its only China who wants everyting to be under its control.

  36. Defend your freedom and dont let china stamp and control ypu their economy might be strong for now but as the situation goes on i think china will be brought to ots knees again

  37. I live in Taiwan and took part in the elections. I think this video is another masterpiece of anti China propaganda. From the Taiwanese point she clearly won the election, because the KMT dumbshit head, who took off his shoes during battle debate, because he felt itchy, the same guy who made a yoga exercise during a YouTuber interview and never, ever even once answered a question directly.

    So, for who would you vote if the difference is so clear? Taiwan is not the US. Someone like Donald Trump wouldn’t stand a chance.

    -10 points for the content of this video.

  38. Well, now the world clearly knows Taiwan is an independant country more than ever.Keep going Taiwan,the world is cheering for you all.Never ever let CCP bully or coax you at any cost.Please apply for UNO membership as a soveriegn nation as soon as possible when the world is watching over you all more actively than ever before.All the best Taiwan and congratulations to president Tsai for winning second term of election;Taiwanese made the right choice!!!

  39. all this fault of Qing Dynasty maybe if they didn't lose to the Japanese in Sino Japanese War non of this China-Taiwan bullshit never happen. since People's Republic of China Or Republic of China whatever witch is the true Successor of the Qing Dynasty still up for debate. still fucked up. really non this shit be happening "China threatens to invade Taiwan" think of all the alternatives either Japan kept Taiwan after World War 2 or UN Recognizes that Taiwan is Part of PRC or just Recognize Taiwan as Country. seriously. i dont see how China invading Taiwan will trigger world war 3 either. just be putting end of the Chinese Civil War been on hold for past 60 Years. Communist finally finish Nationalist

  40. I'm Taiwanese and I'll never be Chinese. Their barbarian way scares the shit out of me really. CCP only wants Taiwan for their benefits but they sugarcoat the whole thing as if they considered us "family". Their favorite thing to say is to "blood wash" Taiwan. What kind of human are these people?? Disgusting!

  41. I would say as a Chinese this guy is being really fair unlike most other Western personal.

    But people still have to remember the constitution of Republic of China claims sovereignty over the mainland, and Taiwan is recognized as a province. Also when Japanese lost WW2 they gave Taiwan back to “China” not a country call Taiwan. Taiwan is a part of China (which they currently are since ROC is one of the “China”); if Taiwan dare to claim independence, the PRC will have every right and reasoning to take over.

  42. The biggest failure of Chinese history (other then the opium war) is KMT’s split with the Communist. The Chinese Communist Party was actually a part of KMT (kind of similar to the Libertarian Party and the Republican Party). The split definitely cost millions of lives and the current Taiwan issue.

  43. The Taiwanese people have the right to self-determination! And Taiwan is still an economic powerhouse even with isolation and exclusion. The video makes it seem like Taiwan hasn't developed economically.

  44. I would hardly say that Taiwan was founded by exiled people – the vast majority of the people in Taiwan arrived prior to the KMT takeover in 1945

  45. I live in Taiwan and I would say China is a big bully and always gets mad when it doesn’t get its way. Their people are brainwashed by their government and it hurts ties both ways of the Straight.
    Taiwan is its own country, own people, and has its own culture compared to the people of China. 🇹🇼

  46. I really like to see these issues from a western perspective aka jumping into a issue without a understanding of the context and playing saviors. Just go home……Taiwan people will and can choose their nationality as they deem to fit. I, as a Chinese citizen only want them to be free from the meddling of AIT, and can respect their Chinese heritage. All the presidential candidates of Taiwan need to seek support from AIT. Who is really in charge of Taiwan? Anyone with a basic understanding of politics should see this through. Do you really think CCP does not want to sit down and talk given they were still trying to talk as recent as 2015? This is the same shit show as the division between the Koreans. If these countries all make peace with each other, the US government will lose its foothold in Asia. Since you mentioned Hong Kong, did you know the DPP government initially supported the extradition bill before they find they can leverage the protest to win their election? You really did not understand the causal relationship between the two, did you? Again, just go home, we Asian can figure these out. Free Japan, South Korea and Taiwan from this 21st century colonialism. We don’t need to buy your retired fighter jets, ships and tanks to fight among ourselves. Without you, all of us will be much more free.

  47. this fking world's running count on POWER and mutual interest not your pathetic emotional needs. Your fking country cannot afford to risk your relationship with China, or you gonna suffer economically, like a lot. The same goes as your westerner colonized the whole fking world 100yrs ago and start world war, built new world order , never considered what Asian or African ppl want. Be realistic, this your where your fking politician better than you average folks. This fking politician literally saving you idiots from harming yourself.

  48. Taiwan government Minjindon party has no guts to declare independence. They take advantage of this issue to cheat Taiwan peoples' votes.

  49. US regime is the biggest bully in the world and yet accusing others of being too rich. Every now and then I watch these videos to remind me the hypocrisy embedded deep into the western value system. Yeah it's shit

  50. Lol, Taiwan is struggling economically while it's leaders focus on politicking instead of improving the country

    Taiwan youths are now leaving Taiwan by the planeload, heading to Japan to do work that the native Japanese found unappealing – in other words, Taiwan is now no different from developing economies like the Philippines whose populations flock overseas to look for employment, a far cry from the 70s and 80s when it was one of the strongest economies in Asia

    Coincidentally, the 80s is also when Taiwan "democratized"

    And racism is a thing in Taiwan now

    Yes, you may find it strange, how can an island that is populated mostly by ethnic Chinese people engage in racism

    Yet they do

    They are starting to distinguish between those Chinese who settled down in Taiwan many generations prior, and those Chinese that arrived at Taiwan with the KMT post Chinese civil war

    This is what happens when leaders do anything they can think of in order to stay in power, including pitting its own people against themselves by stoking racism

    But sure, as long as the people are promised their precious "freedom" by their politicians they don't care if they are being played

  51. As proud Filipino 🇵🇭🇵🇭🇵🇭, we support the sovereignty and Independence of Taiwan🇹🇼🇹🇼🇹🇼

  52. I born in Taiwan, lives in Taiwan. I am Taiwanese, love the place where I live. And with no doubt, I will choose freedom.

    I voted for election and selected which one can be my president. I am free to talk everything even can complain my government isn't doing well and able to file feedbacks without Great Firewall. We respect every culture even people living in Mainland China and love to embrace people from different countries. We have great food like bubble tea, beef noodles, greatest public transportation system and friendly people. We also have great semiconductor manufacturing technology, IC, which is the soul embedded in your iphone even CPU. We also have many IT talents doing contribution in the world(Like brand you may hear about: ASUS, Acer even software developers). All happen in this small island.

    Folks, you definitely cannot miss this beautiful island must come here and see what's the different, we all are welcome guest from the world.

  53. It's surprising those wall flippers from PRC haven't flooded this place…maybe they're too busy fighting their homemade bio-weapons?

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