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  • On this episode of China Uncensored,

  • two Chinas for the price of one!

  • Hi, welcome to China Uncensored,

  • I'm your host Chris Chappell.

  • And I've got a great idea

  • for all you countries out there

  • that need a little extra spending money.

  • First, establish formal diplomatic ties

  • with Taiwan.

  • This will anger mainland China.

  • Then, establish ties with mainland China

  • and agree to break off ties with Taiwan,

  • in exchange for millions of dollars.

  • That would never work, you say?

  • Well, just ask Panama.

  • A big win for China

  • and a major blow to Taiwan.

  • Beijing on Tuesday welcoming

  • formal ties with Panama,

  • after the Central American nation

  • ditched relations with Taipei,

  • saying it now only recognizes one China

  • and Taiwan is part of it.”

  • For those of you who need some background,

  • once upon a time,

  • that time being 1912,

  • there was a country called

  • the Republic of China

  • that was in mainland China.

  • But then in 1949,

  • the Chinese Communist Party

  • seized control of mainland China

  • and created the People's Republic of China.

  • So the Republic of China government

  • fled to the island of Taiwan,

  • creating two Chinas.

  • Ultimately, the two sides came to an agreement

  • called the One China Policy.

  • That's where both sides agree

  • there's only one China,

  • they just also avoid saying

  • which one is the one China.

  • Which is all very normal

  • and makes total sense.

  • It's almost like each China

  • exists in its own separate reality

  • where they are the only China.

  • And then they made

  • the rest of the countries in the world

  • choose which reality

  • they wanted to live in.

  • Confusing,

  • but it could be worse.

  • There could be 52 Chinas.

  • But lately, the One China policy

  • hasn't been working out

  • too well for Taiwan.

  • Sure, at first most countries

  • chose their reality.

  • But then in 1971,

  • the United Nations formally recognized

  • the Communist Party's People's Republic of China

  • instead of Taiwan.

  • And ever since,

  • more and more countries

  • have been following suit.

  • Panama was one of Taiwan's oldest allies.

  • It's recognized the Republic of China

  • since 1912—

  • basically from its founding.

  • But now Panama has found a shiny new ally.

  • It's kind of like how in middle school y

  • ou suddenly decided that instead of

  • hanging out with Chris C.,

  • your best friend since preschool,

  • you were going to hang out

  • with that jerk Chris R.

  • just because he had an N64.

  • Whatever.

  • Anyway, now that Panama has dumped Taiwan,

  • China's gonna treat them right!

  • With millions of dollars of infrastructure investments.

  • The Chinese regime pulls this all the time

  • with developing nations,

  • especially those still allied with Taiwan.

  • In the mid-90s,

  • Taiwan was recognized by as many as

  • 30 countries.

  • Now it's down to just 20.

  • When Costa Rica decided to make the switch,

  • they were rewarded with this delightful new

  • $100 million dollar stadium.

  • Are you not entertained?

  • Some countries even pit both Chinas

  • against each other/itself

  • for more lucrative deals.

  • Take St. Lucia.

  • No, the tiny Caribbean island named after her

  • that you've probably never heard of.

  • It used to recognize Taiwan.

  • But in 1997,

  • it decided to switch allegiances

  • to the Chinese Communist Party.

  • That came with funding

  • for large infrastructure projects.

  • But in 2007,

  • St Lucia switched back to Taiwan,

  • becausethe foreign minister at the time

  • is reported to have suggested

  • that one should

  • 'support those who give you the most.'”

  • Which in this case

  • meant a national tennis center.

  • But then in 2011,

  • St Lucia switched allegiances yet again.

  • The Prime Minister of Burkina Faso,

  • a small African nation allied with Taiwan,

  • told Bloomberg,

  • We get outrageous proposals telling us,

  • 'if you sign with Beijing

  • we'll offer you $50 billion

  • or even more.'”

  • This doesn't mean Taiwan

  • is on its own though

  • just because 9 out of every 10 nations

  • don't have formal diplomatic ties with it.

  • For example, the United States recognizes

  • the People's Republic of China,

  • but also keeps up diplomatic ties with Taiwan

  • in some roundabout ways.

  • Following the split with Panama,

  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

  • said the US was committed to both

  • the One China Policy,

  • and to Taiwan.

  • So we can have our pork bun

  • and eat it too.

  • In the US, and in many other countries,

  • you can visit the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office.

  • What's that?

  • Well, I'm sure you might get some idea

  • from their website,

  • which you can visit

  • at Taiwan Embassy dot org.

  • Of course, the Communist Party is no fool.

  • They've been tricking people for ages.

  • That's why Fiji just happened

  • to close their Taiwan trade office,

  • just as Prime Minister Frank Ban...

  • Baini...Frankie B...

  • traveled to China.

  • It was for for Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Forum.

  • The Chinese regime has also just been trying

  • to get the name Taiwan

  • off of thesetrade offices.”

  • Right, “Trade offices.”

  • Some countries even go a step further.

  • At the start of the year,

  • two Chinese companies announced

  • they're going to build the world's

  • tallest towers in Cambodia.

  • A month later,

  • the Cambodian Prime Minister

  • decided to ban Tibetan and Taiwanese flags

  • out of, you know,

  • respect for China's sovereignty.

  • And we know which China

  • they're talking about.

  • Just for fun,

  • imagine if the Chinese Communist Party

  • cared about more than just countries.

  • Imagine if they tried to bribe

  • individual people who recognize

  • the Republic of China

  • as the one true China.

  • Of course, that would be ridiculous.

  • So what do you think of Panama

  • breaking off ties with Taiwan

  • and the Chinese regime trying to bribe

  • other countries to do the same?

  • Leave your comments below.

  • Once again,

  • I'm your host, Chris Chappell.

  • See you next time.

  • You know, Shelley.

  • I cannot believe the lengths the Chinese regime

  • will go to to stop Taiwan from-

  • Hello?

  • Oh, Ambassador Cui!

  • Would I be interested in China

  • sponsoring new million-dollar studio?

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