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China Lowdown: Taiwan’s old beef with the Communist Party is heating up

This article is part of China Lowdown, WONKedition’s series to help you understand one of the world’s biggest super powers.

September 2020
Taiwan is an island off the coast of China. Throughout history the island has been self-governing but during different periods it’s also been under the control of Holland, China and Japan.

When communist armies established the People’s Republic of China in 1949 some Chinese officials fled to Taiwan and claimed the island wasn’t part of the newly formed communist China. In the past 70 decades, the Communist Party in Beijing has said Taiwan is part of China while Taiwan’s government in the city of Taipei claims to be independent from the People’s Republic of China.

Recently Taiwan has complained that China is ignoring Taiwan’s sea borders. That’s a threat to the peace between the island and mainland China, said a Taiwanese official, according to Al Jazeera.

Taiwan’s official name is the Republic of China, as opposed to the People’s Republic of China on the mainland. Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations, aka UN, as the People’s Republic of China doesn’t like to collaborate with those that treat Taiwan as an independent country.

Read also Chinese officials and viewers are influencing the Hollywood movies you love. And check out Al Jazeera’s story Taiwan tells China to ‘back off’ as airspace ‘incursions’ rise. For more background on Taiwan take a look at Encyclopedia Britannica’s page Taiwan - self-governing island, Asia

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