Well, I find the notion that the Chinese, who in their current manifestation, are among the most avaricious, shallow, self-centered, and narrow-minded people in the world, have such deep deep feelings of historical hurt that can only be assuaged by conquering Taiwan to be twaddle.
Yeah it makes them feel good to boast and bluster and bitch but the average family would not give up a block of tofu to achieve unification.
Again, if this was such a pressing issue for the people where are the riots, where is the pressure on the gov to push for unification. During the last election mostly all we heard was Chinese wondering why they couldn't have such a thing and why they have to bow down to the leaders when in Taiwan the leaders bow to the people.
It was hard enough to get the people interested in fighting the Japanese in the 30s. Farmers just wanted to be left alone and in Manchuria the business and social elite cooperated very closely with the Japanese when it was in their interests.
How extraodinarily hard would it be to get Chinese to fight for Taiwan when there is no threat?