China Keeps Saying the Quiet Part Out Loud on Taiwan | Opinion

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) recently issued a white paper showcasing two of its policies on Taiwan. First, the CCP claims that it will embark on a "peaceful reunification" of Taiwan with the mainland, and secondly, once "re-unified," Taiwan would be governed under a benevolent "One Country, Two Systems" model. But history and the white paper itself expose both policies as complete frauds.

First, the concept of "peaceful reunification" is meaningless, given that the CCP simultaneously states that it is prepared to use force. That threat of force would be triggered by separatist "elements" and "activities":

We will work with the greatest sincerity and exert our utmost efforts to achieve peaceful reunification. But we will not renounce the use of force, and we reserve the option of taking all necessary measures. This is to guard against external interference and all separatist activities...We will only be forced to take drastic measures to respond to the provocation of separatist elements or external forces should they ever cross our red lines.

We will always be ready to respond with the use of force or other necessary means to interference by external forces or radical action by separatist elements. Our ultimate goal is to ensure the prospects of China's peaceful reunification and advance this process. [Author's emphasis]

And who are these separatists, a word that the white paper uses a whopping 23 times? In the eyes of the CCP, they are Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The paper accuses "[t]he DPP authorities" as having "adopted a separatist stance, and [having] colluded with external forces in successive provocative actions designed to divide the country." The DPP also "incite[s] radical separatists in and outside the DPP to lobby for amendments to [Taiwan's] 'constitution' and 'laws.'"

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Tourists pose for pictures next to a mural of the late Taiwanese president Chiang Kai-shek in Taiwan's Kinmen islands on Aug. 11, 2022. Sam Yeh / AFP

Being a separatist apparently includes supporting a democratic system.

The DPP currently controls 63 seats out of 113 in Taiwan's unicameral legislature. President Tsai Ing-wen (DPP) won the 2016 and 2020 elections with 56 and 57 percent of the vote, respectively. It is clear that the DPP represents the will of most of the Taiwanese people, and it is equally clear that will wouldn't count for much if Taiwan became part of China.

Which brings us to the second fraud of the white paper—the "One country, two systems" model. If the CCP's brutal suppression of the Hong Kong protests isn't enough to definitively debunk this idea, the white paper itself reveals it to be a mirage.

China promises to "fully accommodate the interests and sentiments of our compatriots in Taiwan." But that would obviously exclude the DPP, who China has clearly marked as beyond the pale. More likely, China will receive the DPP and Taiwanese nationalism as it has received Tibetan, Uyghur, and Hong Kong nationalism—with purges, persecution, and violent co-option.

China promises broad freedoms to the newly conquered Taiwanese. Once unification is complete, "Taiwan may continue its current social system and enjoy a high degree of autonomy in accordance with the law" [Author's emphasis]. But "the law" is Chinese law, meaning Taiwan will have no autonomy at all.

The white paper even promises that China will "fully respect" the Taiwanese's religious beliefs. But the long history of CCP persecution of the Falun Gong, Christians, Muslims, and others says otherwise. And Taiwan's Christians know better.

The newly published white paper, while trying to portray a rosy picture of Chinese benevolence, continues to reveal to the world the CCP's sinister plans for Taiwan. Instead of cooperation and reconciliation, China wishes to completely subjugate the island by any means necessary.

And it's not even trying to hide it.

Steve Postal has been previously published in The American Spectator, American Thinker, The Christian Post, The Dark Wire / SaraaCarter.com, The Federalist, Israel National News, The Times of Israel and The Washington Post. He has also been a featured commentator on Rose Unplugged, WJAS Talk Radio 1320 AM (Pittsburgh, Pa.). His Twitter handle is @HebraicMosaic, and he can be reached at hebraicmosaic@gmail.com.

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.