Why Taiwan and China are Battling over Tiny Island Countries

čas přidán 1. 07. 2020
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[1] data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.PCAP.CD?locations=PW-PG-SB-FM-NR-VU-MH-FJ-TV-KI-WS-TO
[2] www.lowyinstitute.org/publications/stronger-together-safeguarding-australia-s-security-interests-through-closer-pacific-0#_edn23
[3] www.icdf.org.tw/ct.asp?xItem=5276&CtNode=29823&mp=2
[4] www.icdf.org.tw/ct.asp?xItem=12487&CtNode=29823&mp=2
[5] www.icdf.org.tw/fp.asp?fpage=cp&xItem=30438&ctNode=29877&mp=2
[6] www.icdf.org.tw/ct.asp?xItem=4395&ctNode=29824&mp=2
[7] www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-diplomacy-kiribati/taiwan-says-china-lures-kiribati-with-airplanes-after-losing-another-ally-idUSKBN1W50DI
[8] www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7102519/
[9] pacificaidmap.lowyinstitute.org
[10] www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-great-wharf-from-china-raising-eyebrows-across-the-pacific-20180411-p4z8yu.html
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  • Niue is pronounced "new-way"

  • Petition for Taiwanese independence!

  • Taiwan is part of China, PRC

  • Nobody can defeat Wendover

  • At the end of the day, China proper(edit, meaning main: this a repost of previous delete), meaning mainland China, is a P5 country and it does matter. No other P5 country, not the US nor any of the group, however they may be frienemies at times, want to see another P5 club member fail and fellow members and pal lose influence or interest on the large scale of things.

  • I doubt Taiwan will ever join the PROC any time soon.

  • Holy shit!! If China and Taiwan were people, China would be arrested for harassment!

  • Taiwan: I am China. China: No I am China! Taiwan: Okay I am Taiwan. China: No you are PART OF China!

  • Hong Kong Taiwan Mongolia Tipei I'm waiting for Peking and Shanghai

  • China’s civil war has not ended legally, because no armistice or peace agreement has been signed. And this long civil war has not been ended, and China has not completed its reunification. The most important factor is the United States. In the first half, the United States hopes to suppress the red power, and in the second half it hopes to restrict China military and geopolitical. In international law and international relations, Taiwan participates in political and economic activities as a special area of ​​China. It has never been an independent country.

  • Taiwan is part of China.

  • The source of all problem is this fixation on "one china", where the powers in the free world are in deep denial and cannot confirm the truth that there's been 2 china for 70+ years. because you know, serving the best interest of their own nations. That's fine. totally understandable (well, this is the how a citizen of a civil democracy would think). I won't even call this bullying nor discrimination, like some country likes to use as their reason for a tantrum. #twochinas #getreal #weareresponsibleofbullies

  • let all the International Community know by this presence: Democracy means the practice or principles of social EQUALITY, freedom of speech and freedom of expression. pro-China or not, you are free to voice out. unlike in taiwan province of China, pitiful democracy, SHUTTING DOWN a TV station does nothing but ONLY and ONLY opposes the ideology of the current DPP government of taiwan province of China bragging about being a democratic party. stupid political party, stupid democracy that is. you don't see that in the USA here. the CNN News network foremost opposition of the administration still exist and standing until now, a GENUINE true democracy compared to the tyranny STUPID democracy in taiwan province of China.

  • Gifts from Taiwan and China yes, but China is also putting these countries into debt too. That should have been mentioned. Checkout the port in Tonga for example. So I believe China is winning.

  • Heard about China providing infrastructure loans to countries like the Philippines, then leveraging that debt for political objectives - Quid Pro Quo and Debt Traps. Seems like a more effective way to lock in a country's commitment to China over several years instead of just paying for a project then losing its leverage. Not that I condone such behavior, but I am sure all foreign aid and infrastructure development projects have some strings attached, regardless of who's providing the money.

  • And lastly, to say that if China and Taiwan unifies, these pacific island countries would have bleak futures frankly discrediting what the people of these island can potentially create from tourism or other means. China has also invested billions into poor african countries despite its need to win their support against Taiwan.

  • It's pretty clear that wendover has a particular favoratism in how it covers this topic. For example, to construct a port is a massive project with jobs for many. Even if it doesn't immediately pullin all the cruise ships of the world, it can be of tremendous long term value. Furthermore, a hospital does not necessarily have to treat just malaria, as it can clearly be of use for many other health care purposes for decades to come. Wendover went over each little 300k projects that Taiwan did as if they were all out of the hearts of mother Teresa and is so much superior. Well guess what, $5 mil aid is much higher than $500k, and anybody would take that anyday. If the people want something else or more efficient, I'm sure they could have also asked for it, and would have been granted such. Wendover is literally trying to say these PRC aids serves no purpose. I think that's pretty biased and perpectuates a long stand political agenda it pushes.

    • did you actually listen to the video or are you taking the piss? He clearly stated that the RC's aid was more effective, as in it does more per dollar whilst the PRC's aid is less effective. It was never said that it serves no purpose that's your own bias talking

  • I feel like the pope will not stop recognising taiwan

  • Taiwan is China. ccp is a worldwide terrorist organization.

  • TAIWAN call Republic of China , the passport , ID card all call Republic of China . before 2000s The Republic of China (TAIWAN ) government call Mainland china is a part of the The Republic of China (TAIWAN ) . before 1971 the TAIWAN government Representing the whole of China in United Nations Why not tell everyone ?

  • 算了算了,你让中华民国掏钱给太平洋那些岛国修基础设施,他也掏不出这么多钱啊🍋

  • You didn't get 1.4bn people's approval to say this( although they can approve, allow, admit little about politics). However, because I am from Taiwan so I not only allow but AGREE ,APPROVE, APPRECIATE on what you said!!! Thank YOU!

  • 真是服了这个视频,也不知道台湾给了你们多少钱(首先这是一个付费宣传的视频),援助这些国家你那援助项目来说中国的华而不实,我也不知中国的援助项目有没有用,但是这些援助项目都是根据当地国家需要什么援助什么,难道当地政府不需要你还能硬塞给他们? Really took this video, also don't know how much the Taiwan gave you (first of all, this is a paid promotion video), the aid to those countries that China's aid projects you eye candy, I also don't know Chinese aid project is useless, but these programs are based on the local countries need assistance, don't local government needs you can also hard on them?

  • Taiwan is democratic ? We have many citizens here in Taiwan who want to be re-united with China our motherland but are suppressed by the current Tsai government. It has been threatening these citizens with newly passed Social Order Maintenance Law and constant propaganda of bad-China news. The ruling party is actually controlled by a core of very militant and radical wealthy elite group underneath. They just choose a mild looking female professor as a facade to fool the citizens. She got elected in 2016 due to division in her rival party KMT. But after only two years of her unstable rule in the mid-term local election in 2018 her party suffered big loss. When it came to her own re-election in 2020, there were so many irregularities and new changes that left many voters in doubt of the outcome of her re-election and pointed out how pre-stamped ballots could get in the collection boxes. But soon the government clamped down the videos on CS-tv. How about the media in Taiwan? They have long been reined in by the NCC department which dictates which media obtain license or not. This agency was set up in the first corrupted government in 2002 in a way that its original commissioners who tend to be strong anti-China will never get replaced by whoever is in power. So you can imagine the unfair treatment of news in Taiwan media. Their exaggerated negative reports of China often get laughed by who are familiar with China and nativrChinese. Now when you physically in Taiwan search on Google by key words of anything about politics and China, the current government's views tend to come up first. The negative sides or critical views tend to get limited exposure or even get truncated and disappear. This is due to the almighty Tang Feng, the so called Digital Minister of Taiwan !Don't believe me? Simply come to Taiwan and proclaim yourself to be pro-China on CS-tv or on any Internet websites, and wait to see the result.

  • Holy See is a country?

  • Well teaching out fishing is much more helpful then giving out fish. Even it will cost more for lesson and stays hungry for a time. And the fact is, mainland Commies had agreement with KMT when the good times before DPP administration to pause the diplomatic battle. And mainland stop collecting small contries from trunning their back to ROC while any small Gov loves big tips from Mainland's Aid. But the battle started over again after KMT lost their power. btw, If every body knows that 10 bucks for a shirt and your gov loan 100 bucks for one, where's the 90 bucks supposed to be left?

  • Farely speaking, Taiwan is a country. Taiwan has its own democratic politic system, which is way better than communist China's. Taiwan has a close diplomatic relationship with many countries and a complete and awesome healthcare system which is the best in whole East Asia. Taiwanese people enjoy good healthcare programs while they are living with high salaries and good social welfare. In many senses, Taiwan is a country, and it is just a country. Why China wants Taiwan, but not many arcs of land occupied by Russians back? Because Taiwan is a small country, so it is easy to bully it. Taiwan is also really advanced in chip-making technology with TSMC as the poineer, Communist China, thus, wants to gobble it all for its own interest. But Taiwan will not allow that to happen, so do we, the people from the free world.

  • Taiwan regime is the most awkard regime in the world, just surrender already

  • so basically, Taiwan is a clout chaser

  • China want to isolate Taiwan from every country. While only tiny island countries have enough spine to recognize Taiwan despite China pressure and threat.

  • I'm sorry but I bursted into laughters when I heard "to build big, flashy, expensive infrastructure", it's just almost comedic when you look closer to the point behind China's diplomatic strategy to these Pacific region countries. Obviously China thinks these countries are poor without modern concrete floor buildings and highways like China did back home so they definitely need something big and flashy! Not schools, or hospitals, or shelters the locals need when hurricane strikes.

  • There's no such thing as a "Taiwanese passport". It's Republic of China passport.

  • Don't you know that China has cancelled hundreds of millions of loans to many developing countries, so if you really cannot pay back, you get the money for free, then Loans become aides and NO strings attached, that's the most important part!! When China gives out loans, unlike western countries or IMF, world bank( which were controlled by the US), there are no strings attached from China. Also what do you mean by they will be sacrificed? it's such a biased negative opinion. those small countries got roads and ports build for them, it's infrastructures that they never had. so China will bomb those roads and ports or what?? explain to me how they are gonna be sacrificed??

    • There's a difference between aid and loans and the PRC practises both

  • Taiwan's style of aids: energy-saving bulbs and baseball caps China's style of aids: millions tons of concrete and steel frames The greatest country's aids: bullets and bombs.

  • CHINA Better liberate the Chinese taiwan province asap so that crooked USA and other european politicians can not play taiwan card to gain profits out of creating more trouble everywhere in the world. If americans, europeans are truly so nice and good to help others for independence, more human rights and more freedom to handle native people's own land, then Europeans, Americans should help Native people of their existing land in USA, Canada, Australia , New Zealand and other european colonies to claim independence as well!! So Stop to be be hypocritical and double std or else God will punish devil decisions made by politicians of your nations. through pandemics, riots , forest fire and other natural disasters from our almighty God. Better believe it!!!

    • Ironic, seeing as you're being a hypocrite too

  • Checkbook diplomacy! In Central America China wants to buy up local consciences. They offered to build a rail from Panama on up. Then they also offered to make a canal in Nicaragua . In costa rica they funded their soccer stadium in San Jose.

  • 0:58 wrong country

  • Taiwan wants to help to gain some support and China wants to grab land.

  • Taiwan: We will help you so you can help yourselves. China: We will help you, ONLY if you do this, and this, and this, and this, and this.....and then what is yours is ours.

  • The earliest history can be traced back to the end of the Qing Empire. The Lanfang Republic of Southeast Asia, Sulu, Annan, and the Philippines are all Chinese vassal states. After the Qing Empire continued to lose battles and cedes land, the vassal states gradually withdrew from China. Until World War II, Southeast Asia was initially controlled by Europe, and Japan occupied these islands, including the Indochina Peninsula. Japan was defeated in World War II. According to the Potsdam announcement, Cairo Declaration, Japan gave up control of Taiwan, Southeast Asia, and the South China Sea and handed over to China. However, because of the Chinese Civil War, The Chinese Navy did not focus on the S.C.S, the only thing is Vietnam also had a S.C.S battle with ROC in 1947. The ROC was defeated in the Civil War. After that, the United States began to replace Japan's dominance in Asia, and these countries continued to become independent. The United States gave up its continued support for mainland China's control over Southeast Asia and the S.C.S. The most important thing is that the S.C.S oil and gas resources can be called the second Persian Gulf. South Vietnam and North Vietnam have successively engaged in naval battles with China because of the S.C.S islands. Resources have been explored, and countries that originally had no appeal to the islands in the S.C.S have also begun to speak internationally because of their interests. However, Japan actually transferred control to China after the war, and the United States and other countries in the Pacific, including Southeast Asia agreed. So legally, there is no reason for them to suddenly oppose China. The map of the United States after World War II recognizes that China owns the S.C.S. Of course, in terms of historical rights, China is based on the announcement after World War II. More than 30 years have passed since the establishment of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982). The problem now is that China’s policy is to abandon disputes and develop together. China clashed with Vietnam in 1988, but did not continue to assert its claims by force. After that, joint development was the main method, and Southeast Asian countries also agreed. This was after Obama began the return to the Pacific policy and began to actively intervene in the S.C.S. Conflicts in the S.C.S began to gradually erupt and peace no longer exists. The current situation is that Trump's S.C.S policy was not as tough as Obama did, because in 2016 the largest maritime military confrontation after World War II broke out between China and the United States. Since then, the Philippines has gradually abandoned its stimulating policies and turned to the center. Trump does not want to provoke a war, but Southeast Asia has no reliable allies, and Japan is too far away. He does not want the situation in the S.C.S to cool down. He will use aircraft carriers, warships, and planes to pass through the S.C.S from time to time to stimulate mainland China and re-intervene himself. The S.C.S leaves a sense of existence.

  • Serious¿ the support evidence to support China's aid is less effective than Taiwan. My three year old niece doubt it

  • There's a reason flashy big projects work: corrupt officials in those small islands get their share to be rich so the governments support China. Taiwan's tactic would not work unless they're willing to hand out a bigger bribe.

  • I’m Chinese living in Hong Kong, and find this video really interesting. However, this won’t be going on for too long since PR China will reunite with RO China in a few years

    • Nah I don't think

  • Historically, Taiwan is a fugitive government, not a country. Although it has its own army

  • That ending though

  • In fact, China is not fighting Taiwan for diplomatic relations with Pacific countries. But when the relationship between China and Taiwan was good before, China deliberately left some diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Recently, the relationship between China and Taiwan has deteriorated, so China has to withdraw these diplomatic relations.

  • Go Taiwan!!

  • Didn't Trump accidentally say Taiwan is a country. Last week. I think just to pour some salt in the whole "China" thing.

  • So basically Taiwan is the middle-class kind friend, but everyone choose the rich devil

  • This video misses so many key points. For Taiwan of 24 million people this small island exports food to feed over 20 million people mostly going to China. Any attack on Taiwan would disrupt this huge amount of food export. Second is at least one of these island countries, maybe it is Tonga, has one of the largest or the largest gold deposits in the world. This make that island country extremely valuable. Third is Taiwan was the last battle in the Maoist invasion with the Taiwan aboriginal and the smartest and most fit Chinese retreating to that island defeating the Maoist. This exactly means those entrepreneurs of Taiwan are truly more intelligent, ambitious, and creative than their Communist neighbors leading Taiwan to become the second largest high tech center in Asia only behind Japan. This makes Taiwan one of the "Asian Dragons" of manufacturing and a technology leader and not a follower like China. These guys at Wendover pretend to know and understand a whole lot more than reality shows . What arrogance and ignorance pretending to be an authority of knowledge.

  • 791 dislikes from CCP imbeciles who don't like the truth😂😂😂😂😂

  • Love from INDIA

  • What Lincoln did in America civil war?

  • You know it's the battle between TWO China.

  • 9:48 yo, wtf is wrong with that man`s face?

  • The information in this video is not fully correct. The actual interest matrix is far more complex. For Taiwan: The impact was fully explained in the video. Due to the political interest, the Taiwan government or the party can't afford losing the diplomatic relationship with these countries. This was abused by these countries as they kept threatening Taiwan that if the funding is not increased, they would switch to Beijing. For these Pacific island countries: They are playing games on both sides. On the China side, they actually have been contacting Beijing actively since a long time ago (during the presidential period of previous Taiwan president). At that time, Beijing obviously cared more about the relationship with Taiwan so turned them down. But due to the relationship deteriorated during the current presidential period of Taiwan, obviously Beijing doesn't need to consider the impact to Taiwan any more and hence started to accept these pacific countries. The primary reason for them to favor Beijing is not just financial benefit which is actually secondary. The primary reason is they want to introduce China into the region to balance the power of Australia so they can gain some bargaining power when negotiating various disputing issues with Australia (eg, natural resources, global warming / sea level). Same reason as why Vietnam, Philippine etc wants to introduce USA into South China Sea to balance China. Taiwan obviously can't help them anything on this issue. The second reason is they probably think they can get more funding and aid from Bejing than Taiwan. On the side with Taiwan, these pacific countries know they can't threaten China but they can definitely threaten Taiwan and this is exactly what they have been doing. For China: these pacific countries have no strategic interest to China and it's completely not worth the attention or effort to fight for it. But if the cost is only spending some money, then comparing with the gaining political benefit, it's not a bad deal. The gaining political benefit: (1) it benefits China's relationship with Taiwan as the video explained; (2) it somewhat can still contribute to China's global battle vs USA. For Australia: certainly it's not happy if China sets foot in its realm and China's move will be seen as threat to Australia even though China probably have no intention to do so but due to China's influence, its presence in this region won't make Australia relaxing. For USA: It doesn't have real interest in this region itself but it needs to back Australia up and it's certainly willing to do anything which can help stop China's expansion of influence. This is why the USA vice president visited these countries last year.

  • 蛙 中国好邪恶啊 lol

  • lol

  • #scraptheOneChinaPrinciple. Please share this so that we can bring an end to the worlds most evil country, that is, China. Let’s make our voices heard.

  • Finally someone. Thank You!

  • 简而言之,除了内耗,完全是浪费钱

  • It’s like two simps fighting over the same girls

  • Taiwan has been a part of China since ancient times!!

  • Taiwan has been a part of China since ancient times!!

  • The pawn is the first to fall SMH facts

  • "China works to impress the governemtns" If your government is impressed by wasting money, try a coup.

  • So many misunderstandings for decades.

  • Lol all in all Taiwan is poor or they would've done the same. Generate electricity with love

  • TaiWan is known as a province of People’s Republic of China.

    • Taiwan is NOT any part of china

  • Calling it "battling" is an overstatement.

  • India has experienced Chinese aggression over the past couple of months. It lays a claim to the Indian administered regions in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh. Is military strategy the only reason for China's claims? Or are there more sinister reasons lurking underneath the aggression? @

    • @愛國愛港網上宣傳平台[國際] Yes, that's the contention that Aksai Chin belongs to India. Everyone believes China to be an aggressor and considers India as land of Buddha and Gandhi.

    • Aksai Chin is now administrated by China, while Southern Tibet is still occupied by India illegally. These lands are an integral part of China

    • Republic of China and People's Republic of China both claim Aksai Chin and Southern Tibet as their land. While the truth is, ROC is more aggressive in land claiming than PRC, look at the ROC map then you'll see the truth. They claim Mongolia and parts of Russia as part of ROC as well.

  • Taiwan: I am China. China: No I am China! Taiwan: Okay I am Taiwan. China: No you belong to China!

  • Fun Fact: Taiwan also claimed Arunachal Pradesh till early 90s.

  • If Taiwan wants to make more friends and be recognized further, they need to seriously step up their game. Voice out and support global issues such as the HK protest, Indo-China border disputes, Tibetian conflict, South China Sea claims, Uyghurs abuses, etc. China is making enemies and Taiwan needs to make friends with China's enemies. Taiwan needs to take advantage of these cold wars and nations that are pissed with China. China can pour all the money it wants, but Taiwan needs to win people's hearts.

    • I'm pretty sure they'd be doing negotiations like that with countries like the US, India and others behind closed doors but I doubt anything would change unless something drastic happened

  • 为什么不说当时美国佬阻挡中国统一?

  • Taiwan numba 1 China numba 6 Japan numba 5

  • Whats the difference between the two China?

  • All I've learnt is that the UN is too powerful and should be demolished.

    • The UN is literally the reason there was never a world war 3

    • What the... I’m pretty sure that UN is one of the the few reasons why Taiwan and all these small Pacific countries still exist right now. After all, wars are pretty rare nowdays, compared to any other period in history ever since a human figured out that killing a different human may solve your problems real quick.

  • 用中文回复你,讲的轮唇不对马嘴,一帮傻逼做自媒体的总要弄一些政治话题,好像你有多懂政治一样。这里面美国的因素一点都没讲,另外你都能想到买通人民的想法中国不会想到?所以不要做自媒体骗钱,因为你什么都不懂。

  • Oh saying Taiwan is a country? Just wait for China to force CS-tv to shut you down

  • Hey Wendover Productions, I was wondering if you take actions to help small channels? Just curious. I’m a new youtuber and my videos are quality but I can’t seem to get any eyes on my content just because I’m a small channel. Thanks

  • probs for saying "kirabas"

  • Long live Taiwan! Philippines recognizes your sovereignty!

  • Aren't they all supposed to be underwater by 20-something?

  • China just wants to squeeze out every little bit of control they have left in other areas. Taiwan, Hong Kong, some random islands (vs Japan). And control it they will, with an iron fist, once they get it.

  • Taiwan is a prime example of a non-nation begging to be vassal state just to snub China. Love how Taiwan pretends 228 isn't a big deal and that Taiwan had the longest period martial law in the world and somehow pretends it's a "democracy" lol

    • Taiwan is a prime example of aggressive chinese expansionism. The CCP won't even let taiwan be recognised even though they're so obviously another nation

  • The taiwanese government is basically robbbing the people of money in order to perpetuate it's own existence.

  • Could have been helpful to mention that most of the Chinese aid for infrastructure then requires the receiving Nation to use only Chinese multinationals for materials and labour. So of the cost, only a much smaller portion actually really goes to the local economy.

  • who the frick needs mental health services if you live in Fiji?

  • 💐

  • At least China or Taiwan helps Pacific islands, US didn't do anything

    • They do... the US spends 50 billion dollars a year on foreign aid

  • 6:33 planes

  • This video is sponsored by the Republic of China (Taiwan)

  • us taiwanese americans just gotta keep fighting 🇹🇼🇹🇼

  • taiwan strong 🇹🇼🇹🇼

  • In a nutshell.... Ye bik gaye sare ke sare...ye sale sab mil ke humko chutiya bana rahe hai 🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • Taiwan has an amazing president and a reputable government while the Philippine’s puppet president has wrecked the country and thus lost the country’s claims of some islands in the Sea

    • Love Taiwan from India🇮🇳 !! Stay safe from the Corona republic of China.

  • Do you know a big portion of taiwa's GDP comes from trade with mainland China?

    • 没意思,视频完全没有站在客观的角度说事情,明显站在台湾省的角度,这样的视频看了没意义,因为你的角度决定你在一件事情上的不公平

  • China tryna get that Civ 5 diplomatic victory