Alarming News

February 24, 2005

Can’t say I saw that one coming.

Taiwan open to unification with China

Posted by Karol at 02:07 PM |

Why on earth would they seriously consider reunification. Taiwanese citizens are more productive and have a far better quality of life than their mainland counterparts.
China cannot invade for the forseeable future even if Ameria decides it isnt interested anymore, and if America is around then China has no hope in hell anyway.
Sounds more like the PM/President is saying this to get the opposition onside in order to get more done.

Posted by: Nick Saunders at February 24, 2005 at 6:43 pm

This is really bad news if true. Taiwan companies have almost a complete monopoly on producing electronic circuit boards in the world.
This would make it very difficult for our defense industry.
However, I agree with everything Nick says. Taiwanese people have a higher standard of living than Europeans. Why would they give it up?

Posted by: Jake at February 24, 2005 at 9:03 pm

1. internal politics. President Chen wishes to split the opposition, which controls parliament.
2. President Chen is trying to defuse the uproar caused by the Japanese declaring Taiwan a defense interest.

Posted by: RonL at February 25, 2005 at 3:15 am

Maybe, too, Taiwan is just trying to ease all that Chinese military buildup just across the Taiwan Strait.

Posted by: michael parker at February 25, 2005 at 8:57 am

The few people from Taiwan that I know consider themselves Chinese. They see Taiwanese separatism as ‘looking for trouble’. They like the status quo of nominally being part of China, but enjoying Western liberties.
I think the “unificators” are looking at a EU kind of gradual unification. It means little good for the US, but I don’t see the US doing much about it in the near future. There’s not much it can do, anyway.

Posted by: Ivan Lenin at February 25, 2005 at 9:42 am

North Korea and security probaly play some part in this.

Posted by: Michael C at February 25, 2005 at 2:52 pm
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