THE Russo-Ukrainian war has captured the world’s attention, but fears for Taiwan’s security are mounting.
Will China Invade Taiwan?
The political status of Taiwan has been a hot topic since World War II.
China views Taiwan as a province that will eventually fall back under mainland rule, but Taiwan retains its independence.
The Chinese military presence in Taiwan has increased and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has placed her military on high alert.
Concerns about an impending invasion are raised in part because of the good relations between China and Russia.
China has not denounced the actions Russian President Vladimir Putin and have not imposed any sanctions.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned the US against “pouring fuel on the fire” in Ukraine.
What happened between China and Taiwan?
Taiwan is a small island off the coast of China that came under the rule of the Republic of China (ROC) at the end of World War II.
After the Chinese Civil War in 1949, the ROC withdrew from mainland China to Taiwan.
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) was established in 1971 and officially replaced the ROC, but the ROC still holds territories around China.
Taiwan residents democratically elected Tsai Ing-wen as President of the Republic of China, the island’s first female president.
Both the ROC and PRC claim sovereignty over Taiwan and other islands surrounding China.
If they were to reunite—according to the idea of “one China”—the ROC would have to be dissolved and Taiwan ruled by the PRC instead.
Is Taiwan in NATO?
International organizations are reluctant to recognize Taiwan’s sovereignty.
The World Health Organization, the Olympic Games and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato) do not officially recognize Taiwan as a separate country.
Currently there is 30 NATO membersincluding UK and US, but China has no membership.
Only 15 nations, including Vatican City, consider Taiwan a separate country from China.
The United States recognized Taiwan for 30 years, but changed that official status in 1979.
They still have a positive relationship and have sent support and military aid to the island.
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