The Chinese Communist Party published its official position on the Republic of China (Taiwan), in a white paper released on August 10, after months of intense harassment.
The book’s title is “The Taiwan Question and China’s Reunification in the New Era.”
It should be noted that Taiwan has never been ruled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), yet it intends to annex the territory, including its 23 million inhabitants, claiming controversial historical antecedents.
“The authorities in Beijing have never exercised sovereignty over Taiwan or other islands administered by it,” according to the historical overview on the island’s government website.
In addition, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said: “This paper is filled with lies that are ‘wishful thinking and a complete disregard of the truth,'” and stresses that Taiwan is a sovereign state.
“Taiwan’s future can only be decided by its 23 million people, and we will never accept the endgame set for cross-Strait relations by an authoritarian regime,” the MAC proclaimed.
It added that the comments mislead people “about the so-called post-unification development prospects of Taiwan and attempts to shift the blame for the CCP’s hostile encroachment on Taiwan’s sovereignty.”
There is ample evidence to cast doubt on the CCP fulfilling the promises stated in its white paper on Taiwan.
The contents of the recent white paper have drawn strong criticism, as it postulates the “One Country, Two Systems” policy for a post-unification Taiwan, promising that “Taiwan may continue its current social system and enjoy a high degree of autonomy in accordance with the law.”
However, these promises were badly discredited after the CCP failed to abide by the international treaty in which it promised to respect Hong Kong’s democratic rights.
The CCP crushed those rights with a security law it imposed in 2019. As a result, scores of Hong Kong freedom advocates ended up in jail, and hundreds of them emigrated to continue fighting for their rights.
In fact, in the new version of the white paper, the Chinese communist regime already defaults to versions issued in 1993 and 2000. In those versions the CCP would “not send troops or administrative personnel to be stationed in Taiwan,” but it now maintains that it would “not renounce the use of force” to ‘reunify’ Taiwan.
Also, the CCP removed from the new white paper the promises it made in previous ones about Taiwan maintaining “administrative, legislative, independent judicial, final adjudication rights,” as well as “autonomy over party, gov’t, mil, econ, financial matters.”
Moreover, although it promises in the 2022 version that “Taiwan’s social system and its way of life will be fully respected, and the private property, religious beliefs, and lawful rights and interests of the people in Taiwan will be fully protected,” doubts remain whether it will deliver.
It is enough to observe the relentless campaign of extermination that for 23 years it has been carrying out against the practitioners of the Falun Dafa spiritual group, who practice Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. These facts show that there is no religious freedom within the Chinese communist regime.
The arguments that the CCP tries to use to justify the annexation of Taiwan include the prevention of the island being invaded by other countries, despite the fact that delegations from several are lining up to show their support by traveling there.
The opinion of the Taiwanese
Even further from the truth is the argument that the CCP claims to have the support of the majority of Taiwanese for the invasion.
According to a poll, the Taiwanese desire for a political union with mainland China fell to an all-time low in the first half of 2022, the island’s leading pollster, the Center for Election Studies (CES), reported in July.
The results noted that 63.7% identified themselves only as “Taiwanese,” a near-record high. Also, 30.4% said they were “both Taiwanese and Chinese,” and only 2.4% of respondents identified themselves exclusively as “Chinese.”
During leader Xi Jinping’s time in power, his nationalistic rhetoric and assertive policies toward Taiwan contributed to an increase in Taiwanese desire for self-determination, and less association with mainland China, the survey said.
On the other hand, threats issued by the communist regime against the current Taiwanese leadership, which belongs to the Democratic Progress Party, suggest the worst.
The CCP has already taken legal action against them, accusing them of being “staunch separatists,” an offense punishable under the national security law passed in 2015.
As if that were not enough, the annexation would be followed by an exhaustive ‘re-education’ of the Taiwanese, as stated by the Chinese ambassador to France, Lu Shaye, which only serves to further worry those who have not decided which path to take in these circumstances.
For Lu: “Taiwan’s authorities” have “effectively indoctrinated and intoxicated” the population through ‘desinicization’ policies. Hence, “It is necessary to re-educate [Taiwan’s population] to eliminate separatist thinking and secessionist theory.”
Or, as the white paper states, “to increase our compatriots’ knowledge of the mainland and reduce these misconceptions and misgivings, in order to help them resist the manipulation of separatists.”
This prospect brings to mind again the concentration camps in which millions of Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other members of Muslim minority groups are subjected to forced labor and grueling indoctrination in the Xinjiang region.
This controversial “re-education” has been called a genocide by the governments of several countries, although the CCP evades responsibility.
“How can freedom-loving Taiwanese be taught to identify with and love authoritarianism?” questions author Chang Ping, in a Deutsche Welle article on August 13.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo exploded in an Aug. 12 tweet: “Taiwan is a free and sovereign country. It does not belong to China. Want proof? I’m banned from China because I dared to hold the CCP accountable for its actions. Yet, I walked freely on Taiwan’s soil, and I was warmly welcomed by both the people and government.”
Would the invasion of Taiwan mean the end of the CCP?
Despite the gigantic difference between the available resources of the CCP and those of Taiwan, it is not clear which of the two systems of government would suffer the worst consequences in the event of a military invasion.
It is clear that the Taiwanese people are determined to defend themselves, as expressed by their president, Tsai Ing-wen, on October 9 at the presidential office in Taipei.
Tsai said, “We … will not act rashly, but there should be no illusions that the Taiwanese people will give in to pressure.”
She added: “This is because the path that China has laid out offers neither a free and democratic way of life for Taiwan, nor sovereignty for our 23 million people.”
Taiwan’s Premier Su Tseng-chang also responded to the Chinese communist regime’s threats, saying last year: “We also tell foreign forces who want to invade and grab Taiwan — don’t be deluded.”
He further stated, “Today, there are powerful countries that want to swallow up Taiwan using force, and likewise we are also not afraid of being killed or imprisoned. We must guard this country and this land, and not be like certain people who always talk up the enemy’s prestige and talk down our resolve.”
The renowned British diplomat, Charles Parton, an expert on China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, maintains that invading Taiwan could be the biggest mistake of the Chinese regime, even implying it would disappear, according to his article on August 4.
Parton mentions, among other things, the disastrous consequences for the Chinese regime in the event that Taiwan suspends microchip production.
“The loss of imported Taiwanese semi-conductors, the basis of all computer devices and mobile phones, would devastate China’s economy on its own,” Parton wrote.
In that case, the whole world would be severely affected, considering that about half of the semiconductors manufactured in the world – and two-thirds of the high-quality ones – are made in Taiwan.
Paton said, “No one is more aware of the dangers of that miscalculation than the Chinese leadership.”
He added: “President Xi Jinping knows that if he takes a gamble and loses, the repercussions could destroy China’s economy or might even bring down the Communist Party that has ruled since 1949.”