Submitted By pidgeote165
Is Taiwan an Independent Nation? The relations between China and Taiwan have been anything but smooth. They have a fragile relationship and are in a constant state of wariness, ready to take action if anything were to break the fragile peace. The island of Taiwan has maintained its independence from the mainland since 1949, although the state of Taiwan's independence is a matter of huge debate. It may be difficult to understand the significance of Taiwan at first glance, but Taiwan is important to China for a number of interesting strategic and ideological reasons. Both of these countries have been through a lot and continue to go through many relations and foreign policies as the years go by.
What now is called Taiwan started out as the Republic of China in the mainland of China after the fall of the Qing Dynasty in 1912. After many years of wars, two with Japan, Chiang Kai-shek established a stable form of government. This state considered itself to be the continuing sole legitimate ruler of all of China, referring to the communist government or "regime" as illegitimate, a so-called "Peoples' Republic of China" declared in Beijing by Mao Tse Tung. The Republic of China was supported for many years by many nations especially with the support of the United States who established a 1954 Mutual Defense treaty. Within a few years the People’s Republic of China was able to take more and more control of the government in China. Eventually the Communist regime had taken over. Many of the people who supported the Nationalist party were persecuted so they fled the mainland of China to the island that today is known as Taiwan. Eventually the Republic of China has transformed itself into a multiparty, representative democracy on Chinese Taipei and has given more representation to those native Taiwanese, whose…...