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For years prominent commentator (and my co-host on Current Affairs Taiwan) Michael Turton has pointed out that both the carrots and the sticks employed by the PRC are intended to portray itself as the victim.  In their framing, in spite of all their peaceful efforts and generous offers to Taiwan “compatriots”, stubborn Taiwan “secessionists” colluding with the US continue to be ungrateful.  They generally portray these “secessionists” as being a minority trampling on the wishes...

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The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Taiwan secessionist forces have provoked a growing sentiment in the Chinese mainland of reunifying with the island of Taiwan by military force, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council said on Wednesday. The DPP and Taiwan secessionist forces should reflect on why voices are increasing for military force among mainland residents in recent years, Ma Xiaoguang said at a press conference on Wednesday. Chinese mainland...

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… Tsai said upon claiming victory that Taiwan would not give in to threats and intimidation from China and that only Taiwan’s people had the right to decide their own future. Speaking in Africa, Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi said the “one China” principle that recognises Taiwan as being part of China had long since become the common consensus of the international community. “This consensus won’t alter a bit because of a local election on...

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… Some Taiwan media also predict that the election will “make Beijing the biggest loser,” saying the Hong Kong turmoil has damaged the image of the “one country, two systems” and “the fear toward reunification among the Taiwan youth will increase the DPP’s advantage.” However, in the mainland, more and more people, especially those on social media, also “support the DPP” but for a very different reason. These people believe that the DPP could actually...

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Chinese fans outraged at Lady Gaga addressed her “wrongdoings” that included her support of a Hong Kong separatist, associating with the Dalai Lama, and promoting “Taiwan independence”. The singer’s Chinese fans have vowed to boycott the controversial star, citing “national interest prevails all.” Netizen’s anger was sparked after it was revealed the singer was following a Hong Kong separatist on Instagram. A screenshot that went viral revealed Lady Gaga was following @EmilyWaiYi on the Facebook-owned...

Chinese mainland internet users Wednesday launched a boycott of bubble tea brands that they accused of supporting secessionist forces in Hong Kong . The topic of a bubble tea boycott garnered over 230 million views and some 47,000 comments as of press time on China’s twitter-like platform Sina Weibo. Internet users accused the Taiwan-headquartered brand Yifang Fruit Tea of participating in the Hong Kong riots and showing support for separatists after images circulated on Sina...

These maps damage the unification of state sovereignty, territorial integrity and national interests, the ministry stressed. A nationwide promotion will be launched to provide knowledge on maps in schools, local communities and media in August, according to the ministry. August 29 is national surveying and mapping day of China. In 2018, the ministry examined 8,546 maps and more than 500,000 images of maps. It destroyed more than 290,000 incorrect maps which were printed in South...

As opposed to Russia, which has spent an inordinate amount of time and resources to regain the US’ trust, China has no such problems and can utilize contacts cultivated by its long-running “united front” rhetoric and infiltration efforts, Wu said. Such efforts, aimed at Taiwanese temple organizations, communities and borough and village wardens, have turned them into “Chinese agents” or intermediaries, Wu said. Having no language barrier in Taiwan, Beijing sends “fake news” to its...

But the DPP authority has politicized mainland visitors in the past two years, considering their trips to Taiwan as the mainland’s political and intelligence penetration. An increasing number of mainland tourists have been investigated and obstructed; some were even traced and monitored. As the island’s “presidential election” approaches, it is highly possible that Taiwan secessionist forces will stir things up using mainland visitors. Mainland tourists have made up around 25 percent of Taiwan’s inbound tourists...

“However, the situation in Taiwan is different. The Taiwan question concerns China’s core interests. As cross-Straits ties have been strained, Taiwan’s regional leader Tsai Ing-wen relies only on the US to confront the Chinese mainland, which has created space for the US to play tricks. Any trick played by the US would anger China. But the US believes that as long as it doesn’t cross the red line, China will not resort to force or...