Taiwan: China's next target? | DW Analysis

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    Despite China’s increasingly aggressive behaviour both at home and abroad, Beijing’s open threat to take control of Taiwan by force is receiving comparatively little attention - leaving this flourishing liberal democracy uniquely isolated and vulnerable. The threat may be far more imminent than many imagine. According to Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu “the Chinese authoritarian leaders may find Taiwan as a convenient scapegoat. Therefore Taiwan needs to be doubly concerned about a possible Chinese use of force against us.”

    CHAPTERS

    5:09 What is Taiwan?
    16:05 Why China wants Taiwan
    26:25 Scenario 1: Chipping away
    33:10 Scenario 2: Crimea 2.0
    41:18 Scenario 3: Invasion
    49:05 What now?

    In this video DW's Chief International Editor Richard Walker explores the roots of the threat in depth - aided by military and strategy experts from Taiwan, China, the United States and Germany. He charts the dramatic expansion in Beijing’s navy and advanced missile arsenal that is shifting the balance of power against the U.S. in the Pacific. The video examines three possible scenarios: China gradually chipping away at Taiwan’s stability via military and hybrid means; a sudden, Crimea-style annexation of outlying islands; and a full-scale invasion. This final scenario would pose extremely dangerous for global stability. “Everything that happens in this scenario happens under the shadow of a potential nuclear war,” warns Ian Easton, author of “The China Invasion Threat.”

    Adding to Taiwan’s profound vulnerability, there is growing doubt that the any country would come to its aid in the event of Chinese military action - or even have the capability to do so. “Even five years ago, the ability of the United States to come to Taiwan’s defense was greater than it is today,” warns Bonnie Glaser, one of Washington’s top experts on the region. “It has eroded over the last decade. And that is, I think, problematic.”

    In the U.S., Congressman Ted Yoho of the House Foreign Affairs Committee explains his bill that would commit the U.S. to come to Taiwan’s defence, ending the longstanding “strategic ambiguity” that he and some experts see as destabilizing. But could this in itself pose greater dangers? Europe must also take the threat more seriously, argues leading German expert Janka Oertel. “We have not devoted enough energy to these kinds of scenarios. What we lack is a European conversation about what kind of player Europe in the future would like to be in these kinds of scenarios.” m concludes with a passionate plea from Joseph Wu for democracies to end Taiwan’s diplomatic isolation from global bodies like the U.N. and the World Health Organization: “It's not fair to the Taiwanese people.”
    What should the democratic world do to minimize the risk of an open conflict between China and Taiwan?

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Akash Dobhal
Akash Dobhal

It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war. - John F Kennedy

Vor year
C.H. TAN
C.H. TAN

@Chell-sama Other nations are also thinking the same as you think, the truth is u are using this cheap excuses to interfere, meddle with the internal matters of a sovereign nation that will leak to war. The peaceful way is stop taking side and let them settle by themselves.

Vor 3 Tage
Reagan Bush
Reagan Bush

Don't blame the victim

Vor 10 Tage
Jarvis Robert
Jarvis Robert

That's whyKennedy got mashed.

Vor 2 Monate
Red Mustang 1976
Red Mustang 1976

The fact that the EU shakes more hands whit China then whit Taiwan baffles me.

Vor year
Blake46
Blake46

@Sacha Stassen Even to this very day the KMT says that Taiwan is a part of China but that One China is the ROC and not the PRC. It was the Chinese Civil War. The KMT haven’t given up their claims to the mainland China.

Vor Monat
Amna Firdose
Amna Firdose

It's essential to prepare for war in order to maintain peace..

Vor year
Caudy Lem
Caudy Lem

what war..??? do you mean to say..... Apocalypse......!!!!!

Vor 4 Monate
Bruce Li
Bruce Li

Yes,!

Vor 8 Monate
William Young
William Young

OMG...are you telling me Mitt Romney was right?! 🤢

Vor 10 Monate
QKVooDoo
QKVooDoo

@Laszlo Zoltan this quote is from the Roman era. Humanity will wage war and will continue until the end of time.

Vor 10 Monate
Laszlo Zoltan
Laszlo Zoltan

that is what the military industrial complex would have you believe. like the tobacco industry wanted folks to believe cigarettes kept you healthy

Vor 10 Monate
Spartaculus Jones
Spartaculus Jones

"The prospect of nuclear war is not something that would be considered by any sane person." - Nikita Khruschev.

Vor 9 Monate
Lorenzo Qi
Lorenzo Qi

so my question is do you think politicians around the world are sane?

Vor 8 Monate
Crap Card Hub
Crap Card Hub

@Chang Tang china🚮🚮🚮

Vor 9 Monate
Crap Card Hub
Crap Card Hub

@Chang Tang id*ot🤡🤣😂

Vor 9 Monate
ynotawoody
ynotawoody

Maybe a sane person wouldn’t, but a “Rational Actor” as in “Game Theory” would do it, if it was optima to his interests.

Vor 9 Monate
Joan Swenson
Joan Swenson

Amazingly factual. Little or no agenda detectable. Thank you oh so much. We are very hungry for this type of information.

Vor 9 Monate
David Hall
David Hall

What a time to be alive. The next few years will show the will of the people around the world.

Vor year
U KNOW DAT DUDE DA dude
U KNOW DAT DUDE DA dude

well this aged well

Vor 4 Monate
Christian H
Christian H

@法国大姑爷-飞利浦Philippe When you view things through an outdated lens like that, it almost sounds like you WANT a war to happen.

Vor 8 Monate
cabrera m.
cabrera m.

I couldn't recomend enough a 5 year old documentary by Australian John Pilger called "The Coming war on China". Please check it out Share if possible. (If afterwards you want more insight check it out" The War You don't See")

Vor 8 Monate
HappyMemories
HappyMemories

If Taiwan falls, then Japan and South Korea are doomed. Then, India would be isolated as well. China would then be a major player on the board both economically and militarily.

Vor year
Nameless Guy
Nameless Guy

Really good analysis, looking at both sides. I see many taiwanese and supporter of democracy always makes fun of China's misfortune and calling the doom of CCP, but the CCP wouldn't go down without taking Taiwan and possibly other indo-pacific states along

Vor 10 Monate
Yong
Yong

@Max Grind Not unless CCP take taiwain first and they being bandit army, will take taiwain when catastrophic natural disaster strikes in the island. (Earthquake scale 9 to 10 or typhoon scale 9 to 10)

Vor 7 Monate
Pat Hat
Pat Hat

I think you mean japan also. Japan is next if taiwan does fall. The senkaku islands(part of ryukuku islands) could be next.

Vor 8 Monate
Ming-Yih Kao
Ming-Yih Kao

Taiwan doesn't want to fight with China, but does want to defend her way of life, freedom and sovereignty with any means necessary.

Vor year
Yeshi Yangzom
Yeshi Yangzom

APPLE JACK 台湾九成九大陆移民,南岛语百分之一一下

Vor 2 Monate
Yeshi Yangzom
Yeshi Yangzom

Immanuel Halim Christianto DPP bot.

Vor 2 Monate
Richard 7901
Richard 7901

@Devin May you know since that tian an men indident, just search china gdp per capita growtg since 1990 till now, who cares about politics system when people economy wealthy

Vor 5 Monate
Richard 7901
Richard 7901

@Immanuel Halim Christianto ini juga, terima nasib aja , roc kalah, gak usah klaim cina daratan

Vor 5 Monate
Richard 7901
Richard 7901

@Ruoyu Li you are true in us part, but big wrong about independence, just get over it, taiwan economy under democracy style much better

Vor 5 Monate
Abraham 2
Abraham 2

Awesome quality, as always! Keep up the great work!

Vor year
mouthpiece200
mouthpiece200

The good peoples of the world must stand up together.

Vor year
Blake46
Blake46

Well Australia claims Antarctica. Perhaps greed.

Vor 3 Monate
J C.
J C.

@o Tianamen square.

Vor 7 Monate
Caloin He
Caloin He

ROC should just merge with POC. Without good US sending army, the civil war should end 70 years ago. Look at how much trouble US is causing all over the world.

Vor 10 Monate
J Quanzy ThaGoat
J Quanzy ThaGoat

One obvious solution, Taiwan invest more in all-electric powered airplanes with solar panels along with a larger naval fleet

Vor year
Dean
Dean

One nation i respect in this regard is Germany. They dont take threats lightly and have enough courage to not feel threatened by a new bully in town.

Vor 11 Monate
renu mihai
renu mihai

@Shane Jones no, m8, you do not see the bigger picture, the EU doesn't want WARS, even Russia treat EU in better therms than US, let's check the past years in today @ NATO, US have problems of communication over NATO, the way how US treat NATO allies on past few years, will lead to more hard talks with it's allies, even this year, Turkey, France have a problem with US actions; in the end of the day, US it behaving like an imperialist country

Vor 9 Monate
MrGwax
MrGwax

Haha Russia bullies them still.

Vor 10 Monate
SteuerInnenzahler
SteuerInnenzahler

@Shane Jones I am german by the way, despite of the Israeli flag. Concerning the genocide question I qould like to add that it is always wise to clean your own backyard first and then blame others, mate. I have heard of a people that lived in your land before certain people slaiughtered and / or displaced them. And of others that were deported to it for forced labor. Not too long ago. Just saying.

Vor 10 Monate
Shane Jones
Shane Jones

@SteuerInnenzahler Agreed. No American military outside the Western Hemisphere.

Vor 10 Monate
Sarah O'Neil
Sarah O'Neil

China in the recent years have become not competent enough even to hold its current territory together. Xinjiang, Tibet all hold potentials for separation. The Communist Party is trying its best to “维稳”, which means “maintain stability”. How comes it has the ability to annex other nations? Not to mention the way the world is run has changed considerably over the recent decades SAYS Yuan Bo Lee, Economic Adviser.

Vor year
KEISHINZAN
KEISHINZAN

Thank you so much for your reporting !

Vor 4 Monate
Jason Todd
Jason Todd

It’s not that the islands are the next target, it’s that they have always been the target.And now it just seems more and more realistically reachable.

Vor year
-Yumichan-
-Yumichan-

@Redman I agree with your judgement, there shouldn't be any sort of war. War only brings devastation, nothing actually good.

Vor 5 Monate
JJ
JJ

Actually it was releastic during the civil war. But now it's impossible. China would fall apart if they need

Vor 7 Monate
Jason Todd
Jason Todd

@mosquitobight then be ready to be surprised ,plz

Vor 9 Monate
mosquitobight
mosquitobight

All Taiwan has to do is maintain its independence until the CCP falls from power and China becomes a democracy. Then Taiwan can remain independent, or negotiate for reunification on acceptable terms. I would be surprised if the CCP is still in power later than 2050.

Vor 9 Monate
The Red Baron
The Red Baron

How amazing refreshing it is to see how DW provides information to people. !! kudos to their team for the level of effort and discipline to old school journalism!.

Vor 8 Monate
Ken wu
Ken wu

台湾和乌克兰一样?

Vor 6 Monate
Slobodan Pesic
Slobodan Pesic

Especially his comparison of Crimea’s session and it’s referendum with the future of Taiwan!? What a nonsense! German gobbledygook!

Vor 7 Monate
The eagle Eye
The eagle Eye

We the people of the work must demand our countries to recognise Republic of Taiwan

Vor 10 Monate
Winterborne
Winterborne

I have a lot of Taiwanese friends here in Japan, and they don't even like the term ROC (The Republic of China). They just prefer "Taiwan."

Vor year
Anomaly
Anomaly

I read a lot of what Ian puts out there and always value his input.

Vor year
Viktor Gartner
Viktor Gartner

In a way its heartbreaking that Taiwan cannot escape the grasp of China and that there is no recognition of Taiwan by the international community because of Chinas economic and military strength. As a progressive democracy Taiwan is very deserving of international support.

Vor year
Audrey V Tremblay
Audrey V Tremblay

@tsakane326 but Puerto Rico is not US 😝

Vor 2 Monate
Blake46
Blake46

But the Allies took Taiwan from Japan and returned it to China after the Japanese surrendered in 1945.

Vor 3 Monate
tsakane326
tsakane326

Taiwan is a province of China, more like Puerto Rico is to the US. No kidding look it up.

Vor 4 Monate
sundeep rawat
sundeep rawat

16:07 China wants land..land.. and land. Its neighbouring countries always feels threatened from its old expansionism tactics.

Vor year
Derek Kearns
Derek Kearns

@Chart Trakarn always british involved I'm irish and the people are fantastic north of london govermeant a joke always was

Vor year
r vanden
r vanden

Here's a good idea that wasn't mentioned in the video: The US explicitly promises to defend Taiwan — IF — Taiwan publicly declares a One China policy and that Taiwan pledges to work towards a democratic China: One country, one (democratic) system.

Vor 11 Monate
r vanden
r vanden

​@Chris Sorensen It would work if thinking changed, both on the mainland and on Taiwan. The situation as it stands now is quite different from what you describe. Here's the reality in Taiwan at the moment:  1) It's currently democratic and has been for the past few decades. During the 1980's and 1990's Taiwan had a gradual shift from an authoritarian government to a full-fledged democracy. 2) There are two major parties, the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The former holds to the one China policy, the latter does not. 3) Tensions with the mainland increased when the DPP came to power because they do not adhere to the one China policy. Given this situation, it would be good, in my view, for the DPP to join with the KMT in affirming the one China policy while keeping their current democratic institutions. As a matter of current policy, the US supports the one China policy. They should defend Taiwan militarily if both the main parties in Taiwan affirm the one China policy, and stand by and watch what happens if they don't. The important thing for the US to do is to state this publicly so that everyone is clear about where they (the US) stands on this issue. Ambiguity could lead to war and that would be the worst outcome.

Vor 10 Monate
Chris Sorensen
Chris Sorensen

That won't work. Taiwan has never declared a democratic position with china to begin with even after the war ended in the 50's. Formally, Taiwan is still china based through congressional policy only. If they ever declared to be a democratic state away from china, then the country would be invaded by Xi's military forces overnight in Taiwan's breach of policy from china's laws. The communist party would never allow such a democracy to ever be implemented in Taiwan. In fact, so much so, that they would risk everything by bombing them back to the stone age first. Xi is running a new Sui dynasty and he is the tyrannical leader that is trying to subvert every known nation that wants out of the communist party's rule. The first being Hong Kong, which went very badly. The US would never allow themselves the luxury either to step in and stop the chinese forces from crossing the sea mainly because as the video had shown and suggested, that the US has become complacent over the last five years. Plus the payroll, which is often conscripted by the pharmacy companies that pays the military personnel has become -- stagnant as of late. Finding military funds to support the troops overseas would be a massive undertaking in itself.

Vor 10 Monate
Minh Trieu
Minh Trieu

That's why Taiwan should stop spending time and money to defend itself. What it should do it put all focus on cheap offensive weapons. Cheap rockets that point all over China's major cities. So many of them that China doesn't dare to start. That's deterrence instead of defense.

Vor year
icicicles
icicicles

I find it ironic that China throws claim to Taiwan, all the while it was the Chinese nationalist that were exiled in 1949. Therefore it is China that Taiwan should throw claim to.

Vor year
Kamrul Islam
Kamrul Islam

Taiwan should claim the mainland China as integral part of Taiwan and make legislatures to make Taiwan an integral part of China and negotiate with Beijing to maintain Taiwan 's present democracy and capitalist system of economy.

Vor Monat
Ruoyu Li
Ruoyu Li

@Marquall Uk had to fight a war with American forces before American gained independence. I don’t think Taiwan has the same outlook

Vor 4 Monate
Ruoyu Li
Ruoyu Li

@Adrian LeCesne when the national force fled to Taiwan. Was Taiwan a country. ? Did Chang Kai shiek have to show passport to anyone ?

Vor 4 Monate
Adrian LeCesne
Adrian LeCesne

@Ruoyu Li more like Americans claiming Canada because a bunch of American Colonial Loyalists fled to British Canada after losing the Revolutionary War. Taiwan maintaining claims on the mainland would similarly be like Canadians claiming all of British America.

Vor 4 Monate
粉红色的战狼
粉红色的战狼

@chenzo mutumbo i see. Makes sense

Vor 8 Monate
AtkaOrca Drawings
AtkaOrca Drawings

“I know exactly what we need to solve this.” “The UN?” “No that never works.”

Vor year
RC BUCK
RC BUCK

@Sung Johnny BUT THEY SELL BODY PARTS, EYES, HEART, LIVER, ETC

Vor 2 Monate
KugelKopf
KugelKopf

Taiwan says the same about the USA.

Vor 3 Monate
SOLID SNAKE
SOLID SNAKE

I feel so bad for Taiwan and how no one recognizes them

Vor 11 Monate
番茄E
番茄E

@FHB 自由这个问题大可不必担心,大陆的人太多了,容易乱了,熵增是自然铁律,没办法才限制其自由来维持秩序,随着人少自然会慢慢放开,不然也不会搞一国两制,而且这些限制对于受过高等教育的人来说基本是没有限制,比如我和我现在身边的同学,自由带来的问题是放纵,对于人少的国家来说这些放纵导致的灾难影响比较小,教育普及也比较容易,但是大陆有14亿的老百姓,一旦有人恶意煽风点火,那将是几百个家庭的灾难,百姓不想看见,政府更是头疼

Vor 20 Tage
法外狂徒貓三
法外狂徒貓三

@橘 根據元朝歷史 中國是蒙古囯不可分割的一部分 According to the history of Yuan Dynasty, China is part of Mongolia

Vor 5 Monate
DarkbyDesign
DarkbyDesign

It’s hard because to do so for many countries will mean choosing an allegiance. It could trigger war and best to wait it out and see.

Vor 8 Monate
Mouser
Mouser

@橘 台灣那是中國的一部分⋯⋯

Vor 8 Monate
MeZiM
MeZiM

Support to taiwan from the usa🇺🇸🤝🇹🇼

Vor year
Chi keung Chan
Chi keung Chan

Even American don't recognize Taiwan as a country.funny.

Vor 8 Monate
向芳
向芳

I personally against war ,but I also despise any country grab the high moral ground as you re innocent .all these conflicts are just geopolitical and economical interest .

Vor year
Yen Yen Hsieh
Yen Yen Hsieh

We fight for freedom which we already have it for long time ,and we don’t wanna to lose our country for sure ,even China is so much bigger and rich, when other country need to making money form China , you know what will be happen… But we all know Taiwan is Taiwan ,that is enough for me now I love my home country so much Taiwan is the best for me is true

Vor year
Kevin Mitchell
Kevin Mitchell

12:33 recognising Taiwan is "foreign interference in China's internal affairs." But it should be noted that recognising mainland China at the expense of Taiwan is also interfering in China's internal affairs because then you have chosen a side.

Vor year
Arthas Menethil
Arthas Menethil

looking at Gaza today and the escalating wartime situation, those so called geopolitical experts who said Taiwan is the most dangerous place on earth should really reflect on the basis for that argument.

Vor year
Jack Darcy
Jack Darcy

@Arthas Menethil All of our Computer chips come from Taiwan if it is taken by china they will have us by the balls economically we need those things badly, there's already a shortage. The taking of Taiwan would cause tariffs and a massive economical trade war. Not to mention Taiwan is only 440 something miles from Okinawa so they are closer to being able to stage an attack on japan. And if there's an attack on Japan we have an obligation to fight china and defend Japan. Taiwan is veryyyy important and we cant let it get taken. I call the bluff of them using nukes on Japan if there's an intervention in Taiwan, I don't think Winnie is that crazy.

Vor 9 Monate
Arthas Menethil
Arthas Menethil

@Bearcat Ben US is allied with Japan with a mutual defense treaty, while no such deal with Taiwan. Moreover, if you equip the logic of a Hamas onto the brain of CCP, yes, surely there will long been wars and destructions; however, do consider the contrast between a militant group with a civilization lasted longer than 5000 years - self-destruction and total war will never be an option, not even as the last resort.

Vor year
Bearcat Ben
Bearcat Ben

Gaza and the people who are allied with the Palestinians don't have nukes, China has nukes, and the US which is allied with Taiwan has nukes, so objectively more dangerous because if Palestine gets invaded that's the loss of Palestine, but if Taiwan is invaded that's the loss of the entire world

Vor year
Candra Akbar
Candra Akbar

I have military theory, that island (Taiwan) its very significant to them. From my perspective, Formosa Island its very good to build vast military base cause its strategic position in South China Sea. If RRC succesfully achieving their goal, one of my theory, they will build a large military base as Chinese Maritime Command that based in Formosa Island. So its like, they try to make like American base in Hawaii, The Pearl Harbor. It seems, Chinese try to create the Pearl Harbor in Formosa Island. Any country who successfully occupy Formosa Island, that country will have a power to control all South China Sea and its sovereignity power becomes stronger in Indo-Pacific

Vor 8 Monate
Wolfdog370
Wolfdog370

I find it utterly spineless for any nation to not recognise Taiwan as an independent sovereign nation

Vor 10 Monate
板砖
板砖

你这么说是因为这不是你的祖国。

Vor 2 Monate
Joel Malone
Joel Malone

If I had any say in anything my country, the U.S., would give full recognition to, as well as complete normalization of relations with Taiwan. The world should recognize Taiwan as its own independent nation and not give a damn what 'Big Brother' thinks.

Vor 8 Monate
Parker
Parker

@Vsta Chen it was never yours and never ruled by China not even a day the Roc is the only rightful claim of Taiwan. We will support and defend Taiwan at all costs.

Vor 7 Monate
yograut
yograut

It's high time India should start recognizing Taiwan as an independent country. Jai Hind. Long live Taiwan.

Vor year
Louisarius
Louisarius

@Yau Charles Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, doesn't matter. When China managed to have a skirmish against India, what do you think they'll do to Pakistan?

Vor year
dds s
dds s

@Jeremy H. Pritchard Just a colony,What about your native language?

Vor year
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@I don't know my name search the newly released footage about the conflict, recognize the lies you have been told, you'll know that your life is a lie LMAO

Vor year
Matt Halves
Matt Halves

Taiwan is a result of western colonalization of China in the 19th century (and so is Hongkong). Without military invasions from European countries, China would likely never have experienced a communist period. Why? Because the communist movement in China was the only party militarily strong enough to end foreign occupation. So people started to support it. And the former non-communist section of the government fled to the island of Taiwan. China never had a colony in Europe but England had. They called it Hongkong, which actually is not the real name.

Vor year
Michelle Sheaff
Michelle Sheaff

I think other nations and international organizations should together, en masse, recognize and integrate Taiwan. First of all, once it has been established that Taiwan is a separate country with its own culture and history, and a distinct future separate from China, then maybe at some point China will stop seeing Taiwan as a rebellious Chinese province thumbing its nose at Beijing's authority. And I say the world should do it en masse because there is safety in numbers. If China carries out the threat of breaking off diplomatic relations with every nation and international organization then it would find itself the isolated state, rather than Taiwan. Obviously, one would hope China would not go to war with all the nations and international organizations, let people with far more expertise than me think about that. This is just a hypothetical idea anyway. The thing is, there actually is a basis for seeing Taiwan as a distinct country that wasn't really part of China to begin with. It is not only originally Austronesian, it is in fact the motherland of all Austronesian Islands from Rapa Nui (Easter island) to Madagascar and from New Zealand to Hawaii. The Taiwanese indigenous peoples created Austronesian culture on Taiwan a few thousand years ago and then invented oceanfaring with outrigger canoes and crab claw sails. They populated islands across the Indian and Pacific oceans. It was only a few hundred years ago Han Chinese migrated to Taiwan. The Qing dynasty annexed the island maybe two centuries ago (it was annexed, it didn't ask to join) and then it was ceded to Japan near the turn of the century and was not freed from Japan until Japan's surrender in 1945. Then followed the Civil War, and when Mao's communists won, Chang Kaishek retreated to Taiwan. He said he would win back mainland China but never tried. Instead Taiwan flourished over the years, developing a rich economy and flourishing culture, moving past any designs on China. Taiwan had already been different, 70 years later its culture and society and economy and political system are all the more distinct. So: 1. Taiwan had a culturally and ethnically separate history from China, for thousands of years quintessentially connected to the Indo-Pacific Austronesian Islands rather than mainland China. 2. Only a couple hundreds years ago China annexed the island and not because Taiwan had asked to do so. 3. Then China gave it away as a Japanese colony, from which it was liberated by the Allies in 1945. 4. Then Chang Kaishek lost mainland China in the Civil War; it wasn't Mao who lost Taiwan. 5. Taiwan relinquished its designs on China and went its own way as an independent country, moving towards an open, prosperous, democratic, responsible state. 6. My research may not measure up to experts' (and I just had my second vaccine today so I'm too tired to refresh my memory) but it seems to me this adds up to a state that arguably was never part of mainland China: for thousands of years it was the Austronesian motherland, then it was briefly annexed, then it was ceded to Japan, then it was the last territory not won by Mao's communist China. Whatever the case, let's find a way of not fighting World War III over one relatively small island that China does not need.

Vor year
Richard C
Richard C

The Chinese Civil War, with Mainland China on one side and Taiwan on the other, is not over. Please feel free to do your own research: There's been no surrender by either side, no peace treaty, no armistice, and not even a verbal cease-fire in that Civil War. So the Mainland and Taiwan are each ruled by an autonomous government, but they are both still parts of the same country.

Vor 5 Monate
Robert Davie
Robert Davie

Could conflict between China and the West be avoided if the Taiwanese people, for those so inclined, were allowed to migrate on mass to Australia and possibly other countries? After all, Australia needs to grow its population for developmental reasons. I support the One-China policy and recognise that some Taiwanese are happy to accept mainland rule while others are not. For those that are not, they should have the option of leaving Taiwan for Australia, or somewhere else, especially if that will help prevent conflict between China and the West. The US will not defend Taiwan because it supports the One China policy which means it recognises the territory of the former as being an indivisible part of China. This means the US believes that China is not committing an act of aggression against an independent or foreign nation by asserting its authority over the island. So, the question becomes, what chance have the Taiwanese got in a fight against its vastly larger and better-armed neighbour? The outcome is obvious and so it is really a matter of saving as many lives as possible that is the real issue here. That can be achieved by allowing those who do not wish to live under the rule of the Communist Party to leave and become citizens of some other democracy, such as Australia. Upholding Chinese sovereignty does not have to result in a massive loss of life on both sides of the Taiwan Strait in a military conflict that would also result in significant material destruction and environmental damage to both sides, and to any other nations choosing to involve themselves. A peaceful outcome that is in line with the beliefs of the democracies of this world concerning the sanctity of human life can be achieved in a manner consistent with allowing the democratic aspirations of the Taiwanese to live on, all be it, in another country or countries who are similarly committed to the same way of life. There does not have to be armed conflict between the West and China. There is another way to resolve the Taiwanese matter.

Vor 7 Monate
XueHeng Zheng
XueHeng Zheng

Have a look at the map of the EU, what is the difference between it and the third Rich in 1940, in terms of territory and membership countries? What is the difference in the fate of Yugoslavia now and then? DW should pay some attention to what has happened close to its homeland, instead of talking about Taiwan.

Vor year
TRIX SEVEN ONE ROYAL BLUEZ
TRIX SEVEN ONE ROYAL BLUEZ

Stand up for Taiwan 🇹🇼💪

Vor year
A W
A W

Lol next target? Bruh Taiwan's been China's target ever since 1949.

Vor year
J C.
J C.

Hong Kong was the last one, that's why next as I see it.

Vor 7 Monate
J Coker
J Coker

@klp Wars tend to increase economic activity, also all USA debts will be cancelled - so I think US will make it happen and China / CCP will lose. It will be interesting if Emperor Winnie Xi Pooh will be taken down by the US or internal enemies. But 'get Taiwan back' ? They were only part of the Chinese Empire for 300yrs (like the USA being settled by English) I am not convinced the Taiwanese want to be part of China. Peoples change. I assume you are mainland Ch outside of the Great Firewall ?

Vor year
klp
klp

@J Coker,you are right, we need a war to finish this dispute. I am mainland Chinese, if we win, we can get Taiwan back, if we lose, Xi will end his political career and CCP will lose part of it's power, they are all good thing to me. But the war can bring economic decline and deaths too. I don't know if I want to see it.

Vor year
Bell Uh-1 Huey
Bell Uh-1 Huey

New high of relations break? What do you mean because in the late 50s air the air combat actually happened in which pilots were shot down and a thing called the "Taiwan Strait Crisis" and we had 2 of them over the 20th century.

Vor year
Juwon Jun
Juwon Jun

Very informative. Helped me a lot understanding the situation. The world needs awareness of global issues. Keep up!

Vor year
Mubariz Hajimuradov
Mubariz Hajimuradov

He also accepted the narrative, media is so powerful weapon.

Vor Monat
Angel Martinez
Angel Martinez

One thing to keep in mind. China was robbed of mad land by a bunch of countries that instigated war with the Chinese and after winning legally took land and I guess the still remember...

Vor 11 Monate
Mirracin Auguste
Mirracin Auguste

The men won't use it, each side clenching to who really uses first, dawning a first treaty. Or the SOLDIERS won't fight. An unnecessary loss of life is worst than utter victory.

Vor year
0OkE43eHXWlCeHkTfUG5yQ
0OkE43eHXWlCeHkTfUG5yQ

Mainland China and Taiwan were separated by civil war of China in the middle of the 20th century. The constitutions of both Taiwan and mainland China still recognize there is only one China, both mainland and Taiwan belong to China. But some people in Taiwan want to get independent from China and create a new country, this is why mainland China cannot promise to give up using force to reunite.

Vor year
999 Robot
999 Robot

I wish absolutely perfect indefendence of Taiwan.

Vor year
张健新
张健新

I can feel the malice from the usa through the screen, haha, if talk less, the US would be a more respectable opponent。Welcome to Taiwan as we did in 1953 in North Korea.

Vor 5 Monate
BIONG RENN
BIONG RENN

And russia seems to be very good friends with China. That adds more chills.

Vor 8 Monate
tyson atkins
tyson atkins

I love Taiwan. May they keep their freedoms and views free from China.

Vor year
He Yuan
He Yuan

@Sherman CDL The kuomintang has tried to administer China, but they failed.

Vor 3 Monate
Dave Zhang
Dave Zhang

@Sherman CDL OH! That's what most Chinese five-cents said. I can surely tell you I went to more place in China than you.

Vor 9 Monate
Panda
Panda

THANK YOU DW FOR THIS INFORMATIVE DOCUMENTARY

Vor 8 Monate
BlockHead
BlockHead

Long live Taiwan 🇹🇼

Vor 9 Monate
雷安
雷安

I'm now extremely worried of my home country and my family that lives there Long live Taiwan and our will of freedome

Vor year
chenzo mutumbo
chenzo mutumbo

@雷安 Taiwan has it written in their constitution that they are still the legitimate government of mainland China, not even Taiwan thinks Taiwan is separate.

Vor 8 Monate
雷安
雷安

@Brotha Box dude, you have no idea how like, different we are

Vor year
Brotha Box
Brotha Box

Dont worry,Taiwan is China.

Vor year
Josh Jones
Josh Jones

The US will defend you with our allies. We will defend you.

Vor year
Michael H
Michael H

I absolutely love Taiwan and have been there 11times in the last 6 years. After meeting many Taiwanese people, I've learned how different they are compared to mainland Chinese. I can't wait for tourists to be allowed again. Hopefully by the Lunar New Year?

Vor year
Brando Ferg
Brando Ferg

It’s like 1930s Germany but with jets and knock off drones.

Vor year
kirshak
kirshak

This show once again the double standard of our "good" society. All the Western countries promote a world of peace, freedom and democracy. But don't hesitate to trade or close their eyes on the worse dictatorships in order to gain money from those dictators.

Vor year
Olga Koschkina
Olga Koschkina

Не смешите! Весь мир познал демократию европы!

Vor 4 Monate
i potato
i potato

@Muu Hoang wrong

Vor 7 Monate
Clive McCall
Clive McCall

@Muu Hoang n

Vor 8 Monate
Jeff Hsu
Jeff Hsu

Let Taiwan do whatever so long as sovereignty remains under PRC? How’s that working out for Hong Kong?

Vor year
Tyler Black
Tyler Black

Taiwan revokes all deals with every country that needs their silicon from TSMC and suddenly you'd have alot of countries admitting taiwan is a sovereign state.

Vor 10 Monate
Driendel
Driendel

@Robert Garman I'm sorry, what?

Vor 9 Monate
ToasterOven
ToasterOven

31:31 section sounds familiar, you'd almost think China is waging political/media warfare on the USA as well...

Vor year
shamar mays
shamar mays

Been have well trying to lol but us Americans don’t gaf about them tbh we to busy in our own world honestly but let something serious happen you’ll wake up a nation that already be in constant war

Vor 9 Monate
Andrew Harrington
Andrew Harrington

They are.

Vor 10 Monate
Merrillizer
Merrillizer

Cheers to Taiwan!! Love from USA!

Vor year
cabrera m.
cabrera m.

I couldn't recomend enough a 5 year old documentary by Australian John Pilger called "The Coming war on China". Share if possible. (If afterwards you want more insight check it out" The War You don't See")

Vor 8 Monate
Late Night Gossip
Late Night Gossip

Stuff like this is so scary and seriously makes me grateful for this annoying, country I live in. I send my love and hugs to everyone in Taiwan also in China, for all they have to be put through as well... I pray for world freedom and peace ultimately 🙏🏽😔

Vor year
Late Night Gossip
Late Night Gossip

@Charles X 😂😂😩

Vor 17 Tage
Charles X
Charles X

What country is that?

Vor 17 Tage
Late Night Gossip
Late Night Gossip

@DAN HAIRIHENG ooh wow. That’s great information. Thanks for letting me. No, I haven’t had the pleasure to visit Chinese Mainland YET… hopefully in the near future I will 💕

Vor Monat
Brandon F
Brandon F

I can sense a fellow American

Vor year
Gooner 72
Gooner 72

Indeed it is in danger and Taiwan's allies need to be ready to help them at any time. Oh......... and we should never have given Hong Kong to China, things were much better as a British oversees territory.🇬🇧🇺🇸🇦🇺🇳🇿🇯🇵🇹🇼✌✌

Vor year
Jac Flasche
Jac Flasche

I can tell you what China would do if its situation and that of the USA were reversed regarding Taiwan. They would get another country such as Israel to send scientist to Taiwan to transfer the tech of nuclear weapons to Taiwan.

Vor 8 Monate
Daniel Shyr Angel&tree Org
Daniel Shyr Angel&tree Org

This reminds me the US Independent War, the British (Chinese)troops were fighting for their king , but Americans were fight for “Democracy & Freedom”! I will defend my freedom at any cost!

Vor 2 Monate
Mirash Sinishtaj
Mirash Sinishtaj

God bless you Taiwan I would be ready and we to defend you from the end of the earth I hope more people think and do the same you are a true democracy in world you are loved and appreciated

Vor 8 Monate
AssadNizam
AssadNizam

When they say "China now outnumbers the US Navy in number of ships" they're including everything from small patrol boats, missile corvettes and other brown and green water boats that can't operate far from China's shores (of which China has many) , all the way up to full size vessels that can operate in the open ocean, so called "blue water" ships.. The US Navy builds larger, more capable and longer range, blue-water vessels, and has a larger overall tonnage. .  The "China outnumbers us in the West Pacific" line also means their whole navy just managed to outnumber us forces in-theater and the 7th fleet. The 3rd and 5th fleets could probably come in to play within a matter of weeks, and if there was ever an actual mass mobilization....It'd be like that book Ghost fleet, with mothballed ships and aircraft being refurbished, modernized in a hurry and put back into service, huge numbers of civilians being drafted into a navy led by a core of career officers, and older, retired sailors pressed into mentorship duty. If we put our minds to it, in six months we could really raise a ruckus, even if China really bloodies our nose on the first day.. China is only now starting to build larger, more capable surface combatants, but most of their numbers are diesel-electric subs or smaller surface combatants like missile boats and small corvettes. The "Chinese Aegis" type 052b, 052c, 052d o55a probably make up less than fifty completed vessels bt together are planned in larger numbers. But their stats only mean they were signed off by the shipyard, not necessarily full integrated with its ships systems, fitted out or finished, or done with the trials that always come with a brand new ship class.. and only time will tell if the PLAN's command structure has evolved enough for them to be able to effectively operate a a carrier irl at all. They don't exactly have a naval tradition, aside from their massive fleets of pirate fishing trawlers....Also their carrier used to be a casino, and the new one's a clone of the one that used to be a casino. And their cousin kuznetsov in russia has a history of mechanical issues and catching fire. Even before this last, big fire (cause there have been enough you have to specify), the russians never went anywhere in it without at least two ocean-going tugs accompanying it, for when some mechanical failure left it dead in the water. Again.

Vor year
Americus Chaney
Americus Chaney

@Matt Halves well look at there army now.

Vor year
Matt Halves
Matt Halves

China is not an aggressive country unlike the US. China is more a stay at home country with not much focus on military. China military spending per capita is actually pretty low.

Vor year
AssadNizam
AssadNizam

@Americus Chaney Think about that for a sec- if they really believed that, do you think they'd have made it public? Of course not.  Public statements like that are meant to try and scare congress into funding the Navy's annual Christmas list. Hence the recent comments about potential "nuclear overmatch."...But, in really we still have over 4 times as many warheads, more advanced delivery platforms, more advanced targeting and guidance systems, more advanced recon...Tne list goes on. And on. And on. Much of that tech is a legacy of the Space Race, when we just wrote a blank check to R&D that proved extremely useful in all sorts of industrial and commercial applications, once it trickled down from the initial military applications. The computer you're watching this on, its components and, the internet that hosts it were all invented decades ago by DARPA/ its commercial partners and contractors. China can hack and spy and steal technology from the US, Europeans, Russians etc, but that doesn't mean they know how to actually integrate any of their new and untested assets in an actual battle. What's more, their entire system stifles actual innovation. The fact that so many uninformed people just assume that any conflict with China would see us lose is a testament to the success of PsyOps programs underway for years targeting the US public. It' was one of the most successful parts of their Grey Zone tactics in their undeclared, unrestricted war against us.They target domains where we are weak. They buy off wealthy and powerful individuals, coroporations and NGOS with juicy business deals, just enough to get them dependent on CHinee business. Then, once they have their target, they turn the screws. Many western companies truing to enter the China space follow a pattern. They'll bend over backwards to please the Chinese. Theyll self-censor and sell their soul. Theyre allowed into China, but only as a minority stake holder in a joint venture with a local (often state owned or state backed) enterprise. Theyre forced into FULL Tech transfer arrangements with said partner in order to build a factory in China, which isn't a guarantee they'll even be allowed to sell their products in China at all unless they play ball. So, the factory is built, the western firms start making money, and they experience a honeymoon phase while they sing the praises of the CCP. This could go on for a few years. This is why Elon Musk goes "China is Great." But his Shanghai GigaFactory is Tesla China - has its own board of directors who are all Cit hinese, and it conforms to Chinese law. He was a big fan because he was a unicorn, with tesla allowed to own majority stake via Tesla HK, due to its partnership the Shanghai government . The whole time, though, that tech transfer is percolating through their local chinese partner. The CCP cell within the company will harvest all that IP, and aggressively steal secrets. (every firm over a certain number of employees must have a CCP office, and most business people find they have to join the party in order to get ahead) Suddenly, competing firms ) Sooner or later, new startups spring up making copy cat products to compete with the foreign firm/local partner Joint Venture. The party will make sure that those favored Chinese firms are generously assisted with bottomless funds from State-backed banks, and Chinese intelligence will aggressively steal foreign proprietary tech to give to said local firms, allowing them to leapfrog the expensive R&D phase entirely. Next thing you know, there's a ton of local firms popping up, selling nearly identical SanZhai copy cat products, undercutting the foreign firms JV on price. Think XPeng. The Chinese gov knows that this phase allows Chinese companies to refine their products through competition with foreign firms, while still maintaining the training wheels of heavy government subsidies and backing. This is why NIO has so much enthusiasm, despite having never made a profit, lying to investors on its prospectus for its super shady, Variable Interest Entity's reverse-merger listing on the NYSE (its a ponzi scheme, basically)... Sooner or later, the foreign firms will no longer be able to compete with a wide array of mature Chinese competitors, who no longer have to make cheap copy cats. the Chinese competition starts trying to climb the value-added chain, competing on more than just price, which is necessary when the profit margins are negative.. SOme smaller firms have found their Chinese partners simply stole their IP and locked the foreigners out of their own factory. It's not new, and its not an isolated phenomenon.

Vor year
Americus Chaney
Americus Chaney

@AssadNizam that sounds great, the pentagon ran a test of who would win in China would win if they come ashore.

Vor year
AssadNizam
AssadNizam

@Americus Chaney you should also read Disunited Nations by Peter Zeihan. You’ll sleep better at night, trust me. The Navy has a plan called “offshore control” that is built to play on our strengths and against their weaknesses. Just like the central powers during the First World War or the axis during the second, they’ll be locked into their large but poor landmass, unable to exploit the natural resources of an entire planet that we have at our disposal. Natural resources and logistics win wars. Beans, bullets and bandages. Their landmass is quite poor. Their massive population is actually a liability, they cant feed them all without massive imports of agricultural inputs like fertilizer, pesticides and diesel for tractors. We still control the ocean blue. Even if they lock us out of the first island chain for the first few weeks, so what? Once they start shooting at ships, nobody’s gonna sail a tanker full of crude or LNG or wheat into that part of the pacific. You ever look into what happens to maritime insurance rates in a war zone? It’s not pretty. And if a single civilian vessel is attacked, all those policies become null and void. We don’t need to import food to feed ourselves. We don’t need to import oil, or gas, or anything for that matter. The stuff we import is stuff we want, not need, and all of that is stuff we could make here. The manufacturing is already coming back. The cost of labor in China has gone up 7 fold in the last 15-20 years. Around 2007, it became cheaper to employ Mexicans than Chinese. Automation only accelerated the move back to fortress North America, where inputs are all local and safe. The panda boom was always a mirage. In a few years, like Xanadu, nothing beside will remain..

Vor year
kenix k
kenix k

If China want to be a regional hegemony, Taiwan must be united even at the expense of total nuclear. I'm tire of Western hypocrisy. If America can have a Monroe doctrine, then why can't China or any other nations. The one thing China needs to the most is increase their nuclear arsenal to over a thousand just in case of other nations getting involve.

Vor 11 Monate
garrett spillane
garrett spillane

All of the countries around China need to work together. China might fight one but not all of these countries. Japan, Philippines, Vietnam all have modern militaries. Come together and face down the bully.

Vor year
Bens
Bens

@chenzo mutumbo seems like you're unaware of chinese vietnamese relations going back atleast 1000+ years

Vor 7 Monate
Josh Blocker
Josh Blocker

Why would veitnam they are communist as well

Vor 8 Monate
chenzo mutumbo
chenzo mutumbo

@Walter Velasquez do you think wars have been going well for the US in the last 70 years? The only time it goes well for them is when they backed fascist dictatorships in South America (but they don't like to keep those wars against random indigenous people quiet for some reason 🤔)

Vor 8 Monate
chenzo mutumbo
chenzo mutumbo

Vietnam would align with china immeadiatly.... Japan and Philippines not so much. Also maybe people are over blowing America's willingness to goto war with a country their economy is built around having a massive trade deficit with.... or maybe the US govt is actually that short sighted, but it sounds absurd.

Vor 8 Monate
james reynolds
james reynolds

I ponder this oft used "Follow the money" quote in my comment: picking the most dire of the proposed scenarios here, that is Communist China does use its military to massively invade Democratic Taiwan. Yes of course there will be massive loss of life and wounded, along with near total destruction of most of Taiwan's industrial base...however; repairing such damage, replacing such loss of life represents a much more massive potential for profits for Communist China, and like the Communist Chinese government has already done in Tibet, an influx of, a new home for many thousands of Communist Chinese citizens who all support the central government back in Beijing. Destroying the place presents great profits for the manufacturers of weapons of war in Communist China, rebuilding the place presents yet even greater profits for Communist Chinese construction conglomerates. In short, disregarding loss of life, a war to conquer Taiwan will produce profits for Communist China sufficient to not just stabilize it's own economy, but greatly boost it as well, and as history (beyond the soothing pablum presented to the public), the tearing apart then rebuilding from war has always been the most profitable industry mankind has yet to come up with... ... ... ...

Vor 10 Monate
Apathetic Degeneracy
Apathetic Degeneracy

We love taiwan ❤️❤️

Vor year
Christopher Tillack
Christopher Tillack

I think that a lot more countries are willing to stand up to China than you think if Taiwan is attacked. Taiwan is the biggest exporter of computer chips, which are very important.

Vor year
James Hunter
James Hunter

Am I wrong in thinking as fast as china's military has grown over say last 3 decades it can't bode well for their stuff being reliable and accurate.i seen a documentary done by a south Korean and in it a aviation mechanic let it slip that quite a few of their fighter jets can't fly in rain or even get wet. Due to a fault coating meant to protect from rust,not to mention corruption comparable to Russia along with junk tanks riddled with problems from rushing quantity over quality.

Vor 4 Monate
ADHDoggo
ADHDoggo

Just over a year later and we are inching closer to catastrophic conclusion...

Vor 10 Monate
Johndie Vlog
Johndie Vlog

very afraid scene. God only prevail what happening right now to the world especially to the disputed waters south china sea.. and our prayer bring us to safe.

Vor year
Richard Alfaro
Richard Alfaro

Long Live an Independent Republic of Taiwan!

Vor 11 Monate
John Lynch
John Lynch

I was growing increasingly depressed for Taiwan's chances ,and was sad to see the number of country's especially in Europe who abandoned this brave sweet country until 11:35; then I knew She will prevail. Despite what happens. She will stand the tribulation. Thanks be to our Father. Until then we must fight for her. Whoever doesn't is a coward.

Vor year
yang sir
yang sir

@Val K why not mentioned Catalonia and Kurd

Vor 4 Monate
Val K
Val K

@Patrick Wu  Oh, but you implied that it is problematic for China to state that they will use force to defend their sovereignty You literally opened your comment with, and I quote, "I've no intent to be ruled by a regime that outright states a region that seeks independence would be at the receiving end of military forces" That is literally the main thrust of your comment, that China maintaining the use of force to ensure its territorial integrity is a reason why you wouldn't live under its rule My point to you is, nations use force to prevent separatism all the time Why do you feel that when China does it, it becomes something particularly worth singling out?

Vor year
Patrick Wu
Patrick Wu

@Val K I do not pretend that there is no such reality. I simply mean to point out China is no savior, lest gullible outsiders believed that the majority of Taiwanese indeed WANTED to either be "salvaged“ by PRC, or have a burning desire to go to war.  China is violent, and it is no better than any country/state/forces that it smears to somehow distract from its own atrocities. It doesn't get to use other's moral decay to justify its own moral decay--and for damn sure its rotten.

Vor year
None
None

@Patrick Wu Catalonia? Sadly all leaders are hypocrites

Vor year
Hugh O'Reilly
Hugh O'Reilly

Go Germany and Czech Republic for their recognition! 🙌🏼

Vor year
George Palmer
George Palmer

I'm wondering if the CCP is trying to divirt attention from some kind of internal problem at home.

Vor 8 Monate
Will789
Will789

If I saw that Taiwan military recruitment video 😂 I wouldn’t want to join too and if I was the attackers n saw that video I would only gain confidence in a Victory from that video. Need aggressive pride n family not a k pop video. Don’t worry most of while world attack China if they did

Vor year
Adrian LeCesne
Adrian LeCesne

This video seems to assume that the US is entitled to hold our military network as it has been for the last 40 years. But historically that doesn’t really make sense. Isn’t the point of allies to have someone else foot the bill, and only use us as a backstop, not a sword?

Vor 4 Monate
Tomasz Pasternak
Tomasz Pasternak

Under no circumstance should one country try to hold power over another. Regardless of what happened in the past, I feel that if Taiwan wants to be separate from China, as it is geographically, it should be allowed to do so. They are a peaceful nation built on positive principles in the equal treatment of its citizens, they have lead the world in technology and culture, and I am sure they would continue to grow and be a positive influence on a global scale going forward. Just because I support Taiwan's independence doesn't mean that I am hating on China. I have family there. I just feel like if people don't want to live under that kind of government, they shouldn't be forced to. There is no need to cause problems and conflicts which our children's children will have to live with and which we will regret for the rest of our lives.

Vor year
white feather
white feather

See Tibet for example

Vor year
萧大宝
萧大宝

Not all Taiwanese want independence, only some do. Taiwan has always been in conflict, only this time it was the independence-minded man who was elected President. As an outsider, you should look at things objectively. It is in China's national interest to reunify Taiwan. Taiwan's desire for independence is entirely a subtle form of individualism.

Vor year
Yihao James Liu
Yihao James Liu

@Xingchen Xu You'd represent all Taiwanese citizen?

Vor year
Xingchen Xu
Xingchen Xu

I agree with you. I fully support Taiwan people’s independence. They can form a independent country anywhere they want, just not on China’s territory.

Vor year
Jerome Heng
Jerome Heng

@Tomasz Pasternak Too bad that you' and I are merely civilians and not politicians. We we can do is only speaking out own opinions on various platform. Any way, only certain percentage of Taiwanese want to independent, and we can't deny that also some percentage of people want to unite with the mainland. What I also believe is Agree to Disagree with peace.

Vor year
Joan L
Joan L

There is missing information about Taiwan's history. After Chiang Kai-shek, his son--Jiang Jingguo, who succeeded after him, governed over Taiwan. That was the time Taiwan's economy launched. Li Denghui just took over his successes. So, as a Taiwanese, I would not give credit to Li Denghui but to Jiang Jingguo. DW News is a professional new channel that should be neutral and precise to talk about other countries' histories.

Vor year
A T
A T

oh geez whatever dude blame the taiwanese reporter at 6:38

Vor year
Al Z
Al Z

As a realist, I believe it's in Taiwan's best interest to set with China and negotiate a political settlement. Concessions will have to be made, and ultimately Tawian would accept the "1 country, 2 systems" principle. The second option, unfortunately, is going to be war.

Vor 25 Tage
EASY TRADE AFRICA
EASY TRADE AFRICA

Very informative 🤝🤝

Vor 10 Monate
Dean
Dean

Josepth is right, official recognition on the interantional stage is imperative.

Vor 11 Monate
Bahadir Enes Er
Bahadir Enes Er

Never underestimate the will of a man who wants to defend his home.

Vor year
knoahbody69
knoahbody69

And logistical support from major powers. Plus the Taiwanese have underground air force bases. Good luck "cratering" them.

Vor 4 Monate
cabrera m.
cabrera m.

I couldn't recomend enough a 5 year old documentary by Australian John Pilger called "The Coming war on China". Check it out guys and share if possible. (If afterwards you want more insight check it out" The War You don't See")

Vor 8 Monate
Dany Dash
Dany Dash

@Jet Li it's not about how US f-ed up. It's about how we make china feel that they really f-ed up by messing with everyone.

Vor year
Jet Li
Jet Li

@Gilbert Tessier and you know why the us fail to win in any of those country, attack country far from home is not easy very hard to re supplied and troop support

Vor year
O000O
O000O

For all of the Taiwanese, we don’t want to fight with any one’s, we just want a peaceful life and keep our country alive

Vor year
TAPPS ONLINE
TAPPS ONLINE

I have Taiwanese family. It scares me so much.

Vor year
Nguyễn Hồng Anh
Nguyễn Hồng Anh

Soong Mei Ling addressed both houses of congress in english to a standing ovation...time magazine called her the most powerful women on the earth but now most people outside China-Taiwan have never heard of her...wesson people are fickel..(is that a good word )

Vor year
Sagittarius A*
Sagittarius A*

The mere fact that Taiwanese politicians speak English fluently while the CCP elite does not shows a lot about the different mindsets in Taiwan and West -China- Taiwan.

Vor year
Jonosan
Jonosan

@Natalia lol without the US assistance efforts, the Chinese people might have to change their surnames to Japanese during WW2.

Vor 7 Monate
Sagittarius A*
Sagittarius A*

@J C. I made a mistake. Actually it is West Taiwan 😂

Vor 7 Monate
J C.
J C.

😂 west Taiwan. Love it.

Vor 7 Monate
Caloin He
Caloin He

@Ok Yes me too. quite opposite attitude exist at the same time.

Vor 10 Monate
Ok Yes
Ok Yes

@Caloin He I know people from there

Vor 10 Monate
Benelli
Benelli

God bless the people of Taiwan...

Vor year
Brittunculi
Brittunculi

@Ronaldow j you believe what is written in a book written and edited over centuries? Wow

Vor year
Ronaldow j
Ronaldow j

@Lutz Bammer very very sad that it HURTS you.

Vor year
Caonima Cao
Caonima Cao

god bless u r hooking up with covid, u r just not that far away from herd "mentality". No, "immunity", get the d words straight, man

Vor year
Ronaldow j
Ronaldow j

@TWFrog Abuser well like it or not believe it or not,its in the bible that there will be a time where many many people will die.it's all gods words.the best thing you can do is too prepare for whats coming

Vor year
Kaby Summit
Kaby Summit

I am hoping for a peaceful reunification of the two systems. A win win simple solution of kiss and make up. The external forces have to be kept outside of this internal struggle. US especially has to stop making attempts to leverage Taiwan as a means to an end which is to use it as the reason for war. It's time the two sides (China and Taiwan) let go of the past battles and work together as one nation.

Vor year
陈芸菲
陈芸菲

China is very clear that Taiwan is a part of China. Any action that encourages Taiwan's independence, or encourages Taiwan to expand its armed forces to prepare for war will lead to the re-breakout of the civil war 70 years ago, and the people of the same ethnic group on both sides of the strait will suffer the consequences. From shanghai

Vor 5 Monate
What the pfp says
What the pfp says

There will be no winner. Everyone will suffer regardless. One way or another. It cannot be avoided. The pain will come. You cannot stop it

Vor 7 Monate
Zearatul
Zearatul

The NEXT target? I mean, PRC is formed during the civil war, and since its formation, defeating KMT is one of its target. Yes both side ceased fire since the 1970s, but technically the civil war never ends, and PRC attempted to take action on taiwan in the 90's. How can you call taiwan the "NeXt" target, as it's always the target. And Taiwan issue is not China expanding, it's just one side of civil war trying to eliminate the other side, it's just a part of chinese civil war, like any civil wars on the planet

Vor year
Miguel Amaral
Miguel Amaral

Very informative. Keep it coming, the world needs awareness

Vor year
Mubariz Hajimuradov
Mubariz Hajimuradov

He also accepted the narrative, media is so powerful weapon.

Vor Monat
JustPosi
JustPosi

REALLY Awareness or Panic. What are you gonna do now that you're aware . Do tell .

Vor 9 Monate
Leo Kwan
Leo Kwan

@Alexander Ramsdellwhat’s that got to do with what I am talking about

Vor year
Alexander Ramsdell
Alexander Ramsdell

@Leo Kwan did u forget that Japan took Taiwan in 1895?

Vor year
Jason Wildschut
Jason Wildschut

The More We Stand United in peace against a bully with voice and violence the less damage that bully can do to anybody else

Vor 2 Monate
Mother Moose
Mother Moose

It's weird but they keep accidentally saying Taiwan instead of China. You're going to lose some social credit for that brother

Vor 8 Monate
Dean
Dean

the old " one party two systems" idea for Taiwan. Look how that played out for Hong Kong.... Yeah, legit... Honestly, the West could easily take control of this situation if the people in power actually had a pair of balls. Im not saying war, just shut the country out.

Vor 11 Monate
Peter Garcia
Peter Garcia

All I can say, Pacific Islanders unite to prevent the mainlanders to govern us. We are not scared and we will not be harassed by any mainlanders.

Vor year
Hasaki_oce
Hasaki_oce

Oh no, people with nothing to lose, scary :O

Vor 8 Monate
Eddie Seachord
Eddie Seachord

Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face. - Mike Tyson.

Vor year
chenzo mutumbo
chenzo mutumbo

Fun fact, Tyson has a Mao tattoo.

Vor 8 Monate
Dattraj Suryawanshi
Dattraj Suryawanshi

That's vwhat Chinese army get from us Indian army 🪖😀

Vor 9 Monate
getting_better always
getting_better always

@Newton like he said, you can say anything you want until some hard punches landed on your face

Vor 10 Monate

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