PRC Towards Taiwan vs New Japan Proposals


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The PRC’s new attitude towards Taiwan and Japan after the outbreak of the Korean War is portrayed in sharp contrast to the earlier China government policy. In 1950, after the outbreak of the Korean War, the Chinese government conveyed a strong message to the U.S. secretary of state that it would not be aiding the North Korean occupation of Taiwan. This marked a major change from the previous policy adopted by the Chinese government which had been to prevent any intrusion by hostile foreign forces into Taiwan. During the 1950s, the Chinese government and military made repeated visits to the United States stating that “the People’s Republic of China has no connection whatsoever with the Republic of Korea”. The U.S. stance on the issue was that “the PRC cannot be allowed a puppet state” and that “we will support Taiwan if its people need help”.

Effects Of The Talk

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As a follow up to the aforementioned talks between the Chinese communist government and the US secretary of state in 1950, the government of the People’s Republic of China conveyed a strong message to the UN Security Council on behalf of its citizens that “The PRC has no relation whatsoever with the Republic of Korea nor does it have any interest in Taiwan’s reunification.” The Chinese government used this argument to refrain from interfering with Kaishang affairs (i.e., Taiwan’s unification with Japan). In June of the same year, the communist PRC sent a letter to the UN stating that “the attitude of the PRC towards Taiwan has changed completely”. In early December of the same year, a meeting of high-level officials from the United States and Japan was hosted by the prime minister of the People’s Republic of China.

After the meetings, which lasted over a week, the Chinese communist party launched a full-scale propaganda offensive against the PRC and Japan. On December 8, they released an extensive documentary film titled “The Great Proclamation”, depicting the birth of the PRC and its rise to global power. On this same day, the Japanese were invaded by the Korean People’s Republic of Korea (KPR) at the Choson Peninsula. These two events prompted the Chinese communist party to launch “anti-Japanese agitation” throughout the country, with particular attacks against Japanese nationals living abroad.

As the Japanese suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of their southern neighbor, the PRC made it clear that it had no interest in trying to stop the reunification of the country. The PRC considers Taiwan a renegade province and wants nothing to do with it. The recent attacks on Japanese nationals working overseas are only a part of the general trend of Chinese support for KMT reunification. Since 19 March, the Chinese government has consistently expressed support for the reunification of Taiwan.

Increasing The Number Of The International Tourists

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 Recently, there has been an increase in the number of Chinese international tourists visiting Taiwan. Taiwan tourism has grown in recent years, with many Chinese tourists traveling to the island. However, many of these visitors are only interested in China’s territorial integrity and do not care about the rest of Taiwan.

The PRC regards Taiwan as a rebellious province and does not wish for unification with Japan. Therefore, the PRC is preventing the formation of a Taiwan government or any form of association with Japan. Even though the PRC government has refused to take a united stance against Japan on the issue, the Japanese Diet passed a motion in November welcoming the PRC into the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Diet also approved the inclusion of Taiwan as one of the countries eligible to join the SAAN. Although Taiwan has yet to apply for admission into the SAAN, it is widely believed that this will happen soon.

On the other hand, the Japanese Diet has taken a different stance towards China. At present, the PRC is seen as Taiwan’s largest trading partner. The PRC feels that the economic relationship with Japan is so beneficial that it will support Taiwanese companies when they finally decide to open a Taiwanese branch in Japan. In fact, in August, the Ministry of Finance released a business scenario that showed that a total of NT dollars 6.2 billion was spent between the two countries in the first five months of the year 2021. If the trend continues, it is expected that the figure will rise steadily in the future.

The United States and Japan have been cooperating closely on the development of economic and trade issues. Recently, the two nations reached an agreement on trade issues including reducing the duty-free allowance. This is seen as an important step forward in developing closer relations between the two nations. The two governments are also working on reducing the excessive imbalance in their currencies. It is believed that once the imbalance is reduced, both Japan and the US will feel more secure about their currency.

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