Top 10 Reasons Why Taiwan is Independent

Happy New Year everyone! I thought I’d usher in the year of the rat with the top 10 reasons Taiwan is independent from China.

Taiwan’s independence from China is an extremely puzzling issue to many people I know. The China – Taiwan conflict as it were, seems to be mostly about bullying from China and not about peaceful reunification. Hundreds of missiles line the coast of China aimed at parts of Taiwan as conspicuous proof of this threat to the people of Taiwan.

Outside of the United States ‘commitment’ to democracy elsewhere in the world, Taiwan lies neglected in words yet still remains a sovereign nation. If the US could go into Iraq for the sake of democracy, then why can’t they just say Taiwan is an independent country and fight to protect it and its 23 million plus citizens? The issues are too much for me to go on, but I have made a top ten list of reasons that Taiwan IS independent from China.

# 10

Ang Lee 李安

Ang Lee is one of Hollywood’s best directors and has received an academy award for Brokeback Mountain. He has received numerous other awards for some of his other films. Here is a filmography for Ang Lee. He was born in Tainan, Taiwan.

1992 Pushing Hands 推手
1993 The Wedding Banquet 喜宴
1994 Eat Drink Man Woman 飲食男女
1995 Sense and Sensibility 理性與感性
1997 The Ice Storm 冰風暴
1999 Ride with the Devil 與魔鬼共騎
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 臥虎藏龍
2002 The Hire
2003 Hulk 綠巨人
2005 Brokeback Mountain 斷背山
2007 Lust, Caution 色,戒
2009 A Little Game

# 9

Jimmy Wang (Chien – Ming Wang)

Jimmy Wang is Taiwan’s most popular athlete both in Taiwan and internationally. He plays Americas favorite sport (the national pastime) for the most famous team (the New York Yankees) and does it on a high level. He was also born in Tainan, Taiwan.

Chien Ming Wang Jimmy Wang

# 8

Taiwan Beer

Taiwan beer has been enjoyed by many a Taiwanese since it was first brewed in 1920. It is the national beer in Taiwan. Its not called China beer. Taiwan Beer is also the name of a basketball team in Taiwan’s super basketball league.

Taiwan Beer BAsketballTaiwan Beer

# 7

Simplified Chinese vs Traditional Chinese

Taiwan is one of the last remaining bastions that still use traditional Chinese characters. Here is an example of a question written in both simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese.

Why is Taiwan Independent?

台灣為什麼有獨立? Traditional

台湾为什么有独立? Simplified

# 6

The Taiwanese Flag

Every country in the world needs their own flag. Maybe that’s why some Chinese overseas get so angry and try to take the flags away from athletes at sporting events.

Flag Taiwan

# 5

Currency

Taiwan has their own currency and does not use the currency of the People’s Republic of China. The NT dollar is currently trading near NT 32 for every US dollar.

Taiwanese currency

# 4


The Taiwanese Military

China is the biggest military threat to Taiwan currently, and Taiwan has a modern army to protect itself (along with a promise and a box of chocolates from America). Every male in Taiwan serves a mandatory tour in Taiwan’s military.

Taiwan Military Flag

Taiwan’s military

#3

Taiwan has democratically elected officials

The Taiwanese people vote for their president and legislature in what can only be described as democratic elections. Sure, vote buying still occurs but the officials are not promoted into power through nepotism, favors, or old men that smell like cigars and fried chicken. One funny thing about Taiwan that has given its parliament a black eye is that they regularly brawl.

Taiwan Parliament fightTaiwanese politicians fighting

# 2

Some countries DO recognize Taiwan as a country

Taiwan has business relations with so many countries including China, however they still have the balls to not recognize them as a country. They don’t mind buying up their computer chips though. Here is a list of countries that have formal relations with Taiwan.

Global Tawan

Africa (4)

* Burkina Faso
* Gambia
* São Tomé and Príncipe
* Swaziland

Europe (1)

* Vatican City

Oceania (6)

* Kiribati
* Marshall Islands
* Nauru
* Palau
* Solomon Islands
* Tuvalu

Americas (12)

* Belize
* Dominican Republic
* El Salvador
* Guatemala
* Haiti
* Honduras
* Nicaragua
* Panama
* Paraguay
* Saint Kitts and Nevis
* Saint Lucia
* Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

#1

The Real Taiwan

This website is a tribute to Taiwan (not China!) in all of its glory! Good or bad, Taiwan is my home and also the issuer of my visa and Alien Resident Certificate. I have never dealt with China or the Chinese government regarding any issues of residency, insurance, taxes or licenses.

How can Taiwan be considered a part of China? This list could go on but there is no reason for me to waste any more time writing about this. The world doesn’t seem to care about little Taiwan, especially at the thought of angering mother China, the fat, hungry warlord that she is.

Shame on you America and other countries that use the spread of democracy as solid reasoning to invade other sovereign nations but refuse to stand up fully or at all for Taiwan, which already has chosen democracy.

Shame on you France for pretending to be cool and then going to bed with China and coming out against Taiwan, and also doing joint military exersizes with them.

Please remember, there is only 1 Taiwan!

About the Author

I am a cultural geographer by nature, and now a photographer, videographer, musician, and webmaster.

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