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  • On this episode of China Uncensored,

  • America has called Taiwan its unsinkable aircraft carrier.

  • But there's one thing the US better not call it a country!

  • Hi, welcome to China Uncensored,

  • I'm your host Chris Chappell.

  • The One China policy.

  • If you're not familiar with it,

  • the One China policy is an agreement

  • between China and Taiwan.

  • The policy says that the People's Republic of China

  • and the Republic of China both agree

  • that there's only one country called China.

  • Oh, and they both claim they're the legitimate government

  • of the whole thing.

  • Which is weird, when you think about it--

  • since both regions have independent governments,

  • laws, militaries and so on, the way that you know,

  • two seperate countries do.

  • The One China Policy also means that other countries

  • are only allowed to have diplomatic relations with one of them.

  • They might as well call it the "Highlander Policy"--

  • "there can be only one, China."

  • It's like a bunch of people agreeing

  • not to see the elephant sitting in the middle of the room.

  • And anyone who tries to say otherwise well--

  • that's a third-rail issue for Beijing.

  • But now, Taiwan's new Premier, William Lai,

  • has stepped on that third rail and electrocuted, uh,

  • China by saying,

  • "What are you stupid,

  • of course Taiwan is an independent country!"

  • That was a loose translation.

  • But as you can imagine,

  • the Chinese Communist Party was not happy.

  • The CCP has in the past promised military action

  • if Taiwan ever does declare independence.

  • Well, not to worry, Premier Lai

  • did not declare independence.

  • He merely said Taiwan,

  • "already was an independent country

  • called the Republic of China and so

  • had no need to declare independence."

  • Yeah, I'm not letting an elephant into the room!

  • I'm just pointing out that there's already an elephant in the room,

  • and it's been here the whole time.

  • How did you not notice this?

  • Premier Lai's comments came after the CCP

  • said on Wednesday that Taiwan would

  • "reap the consequences" of promoting formal independence.

  • Fortunately, Premier Lai

  • just pointed out objective reality,

  • without specifically promoting reality.

  • And Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council added,

  • "Taiwan's future and the development of relations

  • across the Strait will be jointly decided

  • by Taiwan's 23 million people."

  • In other words,

  • Taiwan's government wants Taiwan's fate

  • to be decided by the people of Taiwan,

  • and not the Communist Party in Beijing.

  • Now this may blow the minds of patriotic Chinese nationals

  • everywhere who freak out when anyone even suggests

  • that Taiwan might not be anything other than

  • a breakaway province of the People's Republic of China

  • that's totally been a part of it all along.

  • We've reported before about how professors and universities

  • face pressure for hurting the feelings

  • of the Chinese people whenever sensitive topics are mentioned.

  • Well, just listen to this interaction between

  • a Chinese student and an Indian lecturer in Australia.

  • Why you always keep saying that?

  • Saying what?

  • Saying Taiwan.

  • In this class you said it twice as a country.

  • That's because from where I am standing,

  • Taiwan is a separate country.

  • Relations between Taiwan and China

  • have been strained ever since Taiwan's 2016

  • election of President Tsai Ing-wen.

  • She came from the Democratic Progressive Party

  • that believes that Taiwan is already an independent country.

  • And in her acceptance speech, oops!

  • She failed to acknowledge the One China principle.

  • China suspended direct diplomatic contact with Taiwan

  • soon after that and drove a wedge between Taiwan and countries around the world.

  • Like Panama.

  • Known for its hats.

  • And canal.

  • Most recently,

  • a Taiwanese citizen was arrested and detained

  • for more than 170 days in mainland China,

  • then appeared on state-run media

  • for a forced television confession.

  • "I spread malicious attacks

  • that defamed the Chinese Communist Party

  • and China's government

  • and China's current political system,

  • and I incited subversion of state power."

  • Good old vague subversion of state power.

  • They can arrest anyone for it.

  • So, the objective reality may be that

  • Taiwan is functionally an independent country.

  • But the true test of Taiwan's status as a country

  • will come when other countries,

  • like the United States,

  • start calling the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office

  • what it really is,

  • the Taiwan Embassy

  • And also start calling Taiwan a country.

  • Do you see the elephant now?

  • What do you think of Taiwan's call of,

  • we've always been independent?

  • Leave your comments below.

  • Thanks for watching this episode of China Uncensored.

  • Once again I'm your host Chris Chappell.

  • See you next time.

  • You know if Taiwan is a country,

  • does this mean Mainland China is the breakaway province?

  • Oh who knows.

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  • is that if you went to ChinaUncensored.tv,

  • you could see more amazing content from me!

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Taiwan Declares It 's Been a Country the WHOLE TIME

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    葉品銳 posted on 2019/08/28
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