Taiwan: A tale of two foes

(1) “The Battle of Yangxia led by Huang Xing would be the major engagement in the uprising. These events served as a catalyst to the Xinhai Revolution, which led to the collapse of the Qing dynasty and the establishment of the Republic of China (ROC).”

As per usual with significant events in human social history, violence was involved with the overthrowing of dynastic rule in China. The savagery did not end with the deposing of China’s last emperor, Puyi. Two fractions came to the fore trying to claim sole control over Mainland China and its empire.

Fast forward a few years and familiarise yourself with two rightful rulers: The People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (ROC). In a civil war, there is one victor, and one also-ran. In this case though, the also-ran (ROC) kept on running, jumped on a ship, arrived on an island, claimed it as their own and have been beating drums and throwing stones ever since.

Not to make light of the whole bloody situation, because hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost over the ongoing issue of who is the rightful ruler of China. If one were to exercise pure logic, it would be easy to suppose that those who remained on the Mainland were the rightful rulers – the PRC. However, the conflict persists, and has brought the entire global community in to the fray. It isn’t truly over yet because, seemingly, there never was a victor. The past 63 years have merely been a stand-off between the PRC and ROC.

Before we get in to the conflict more deeply, T610 would like to state that it is possibly high-time that both parties decide that they are quite incapably running their own nations, to not bother with trying to run the others. Let bygones be bygones (seeing as how a couple of generations have been born between then and now) and just concentrate on evolving one’s own nation in to becoming fully integrated members of the global community (which itself needs to get sorted – that is another blog though). Neither nation has, so far, managed that. One more glaringly than the other, and yet, they remain an integral part of the United Nations – how can that be the case? Good question. It will be answered next year! You can bet your bottom dollar that, well, money is involved.

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(2) “The date of the uprising, October 10, widely known as Double Ten Day (Chinese: 雙十節), is celebrated as the National Day (Chinese: 國慶日) of the Republic of China.[11] It is one of the most important national holidays in Taiwan.”

So there you go. We can now affiliate the acronym ROC with Taiwan (an island). Perhaps you have heard of the place. Perhaps you thought it was a country – you thought wrong I am afraid. That leaves the PRC being associated with Mainland China.

October 10th is also revered on the mainland (it should now be coming clear as to why the term ‘mainland’ is used), but less so, as the closer connection resides with the ROC.

T610 is already confused. Lets call the PRC “China”, and the ROC “Taiwan” (two separate countries – just lost a lot of friends stating that) because it is easier…and you probably already figured out that things were about to get complicated.

(3) “In December 1949, Chiang evacuated his government to Taiwan and made Taipei the temporary capital of the ROC (also called the “wartime capital” by Chiang Kai-shek).[56] Some 2 million people, consisting mainly of soldiers, members of the ruling Kuomintang and the intellectual and business elites, were evacuated from mainland China to Taiwan at that time, adding to the earlier population of approximately six million. In addition, the ROC government took to Taipei many national treasures including China’s gold reserves and foreign currency reserves.[57][58][59]

Socialism. Communism. Nationalism. Anti-Communism. Whatever the KMT truly was, they initiated martial law on Taiwan in May of 1949. (4) “It was not repealed until 1987,[61] and was used as a way to suppress the political opposition in the intervening years.[62] During the White Terror, as the period is known, 140,000 people were imprisoned or executed for being perceived as anti-KMT or pro-Communist.[63] Many citizens were arrested, tortured, imprisoned and executed for their real or perceived opposition to the Kuomintang. Since these people were mainly from the intellectual and social elite, an entire generation of political and social leaders was decimated.”

Well that sounds very familiar to the what was happening on the mainland. Suffice to say, neither party claiming the soul of China had any regard for the souls that inhabited it. Taiwan has progressed a lot since those days. China remains somewhat backwards in its regard to the sanctity of life.

In fact, Taiwan has become and example, not a shinning one but more of a dull but realistic one, of how China could one day become a democracy and shed the, well, blood-shedding tendencies that are executed (poor use of words) in order to maintain order.

The HONOURABLE ALBERT HO – Transmission 6-10 Missing Fragment T610 10-10:

“People in Taiwan, when they have received education, when they have been able to see the outside world and understand how democracy functions so well in the western countries, and when they are given the chance, they have lived up to the expectations of all those people who believe in democracy. So I believe…people in China could be able similarly to perform as well as the people in Taiwan.”

So what is Taiwan’s international status. That isn’t straight forward. I suppose a phrase to describe it could go something like this:

Taiwan is officially an unofficially recognised sovereign state.

How has such a mess occurred?

THE MESS:

If Taiwan sought to be recognised as an independent nation (and in the eyes of the UN they have tried…more on that later), seemingly all the problems would be resolved. This is complicated by two points.

1 – Many in Taiwan still wish to take control of Mainland China.

2 – Mainland China very much intends to take control of Taiwan.

How, or who, can solve this issue?

Lets continue first.

(5) “Because of its conservative financial approach and its entrepreneurial strengths, Taiwan suffered little compared with many of its neighbors from the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.”

The economy of Taiwan is stable and has been thriving for years. In part, they have the Japanese to thank for that by introducing industrialisation, infrastructure, sanitation, health and education systems. Possibly they have little else to thank them for.

(6) “In the 1970s, Taiwan was economically the second fastest growing state in Asia after Japan.[69] Taiwan, along with Hong Kong, South Korea and Singapore, became known as one of the Four Asian Tigers. Because of the Cold War, most Western nations and the United Nations regarded the ROC as the sole legitimate government of China until the 1970s.”

Once again we hit a situation where the right to rule China comes to the fore. Suffice to say, for now and to wrap this up neatly before this blog is completed, the problem does not rest solely on the shoulders of the PRC and ROC. It involves every other nation on the planet – give or take a few – because it is the United Nations (typical it seems) who are the root of the impasse. They chopped and changed their minds, backing one horse and then another (as did the US) to confuse the whole situation to the point we have reached today.

How does all of this relate to Transmission 6-10 and the story of Falun Gong? So many ways you wouldn’t believe! The subject of Taiwan takes one down a rabbit hole in to a warren of related issues.

*The remainder of this blog will be released in December, the month that Chiang Kai-shek (leader of the Kuomintang) evacuated his government to Taiwan*