[quote=“Mucha Man”]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?[/quote]
Your last post made your position easier to understand. Sure, most Chinese would not volunteer to join the army to fight Taiwan. Post 9-11 most Americans didn’t join the military either. But for the government to not respond militarily would have been political suicide, regardless of who was in office. Same thing applies in China. Dealing with Taiwan will be an issue for the government and its military (Yes, 9-11 was a direct attack and Taiwan doesn’t threaten China, but China’s pride would be under attack). Conceding to Taiwan remaining a separate sovereign state would be political suicide, even for a one party system of government. Taiwan’s status is directly linked to the future legitimacy of CCP rule