Strain Between China and Taiwan Continues To Grow

People from the mainland of China and Taiwan both are finding themselves in a volatile situation. As the elections are drawing near, the likeliness of the fall of President Ma’s party becomes more visible with the approaching end of his term. His presidential period has already experienced protests in masses in the past two years, but he goes on questioning if the actions of the new generation, thinking ahead of the thought of one China, are even in the favor of Taiwan at all. The idea of the mainland China having friendly ties with Taiwan stays as only an underlying reflection. The country is seen not as an amiable state but as a power that continues to pose threats to the emerging democratic freedom of Taiwan.

President Ma Ying-Jeou has expressed his anxiety in a warning to not get on the wrong side of Beijing.. On the other hand, Ms. Tsai of the Democratic Progressive Party strengthens her hold as a presidential candidate by promising to follow the resolve and consent of Taiwan’s people and work for the development of this straining cross-strait relationship.

The right of the Taiwanese people to freely decide what’s best for their future remains her priority. Taiwan awaits the ascension of Ms. Tsai as a promise of a new era and a chance for a new beginning with new identities as well.

The polling by the researchers at National Chengchi University confirms this showing that the number of people calling themselves Taiwanese has risen from just 17.6 per cent in 1992 to 60.6 per cent today.

Taiwan and mainland China once shared deep political and cultural links but a drift driven by the idea of change is now strongly evident again between both.


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