Taiwan was offered autonomy in the first two white papers issued
China had stated in the last two white papers on Taiwan in 1993 and 2000 that it would not send military or administrative personnel to live in Taiwan after receiving the terms of reunification. Its purpose was to assure Taiwan that it would continue to enjoy its autonomy even after annexing China. However, no such offer has been made in the new white paper. China’s ruling Communist Party proposed that Taiwan run its rule under a “one country, two systems” model. China claims that the former British colony Hong Kong also joined China in 1997 under the same formula.
Taiwan rejects one country two system proposal
All major political parties from Taiwan have been rejecting China’s “one country, two systems” proposal from the very beginning. This proposal also did not get support in the referendum held in Taiwan. Taiwan’s government says only the island’s people can decide their future. The 2000 White Paper stated that any issue could be negotiated with Taiwan provided it accepted a China and promised that independence would not sway. However, no such offer has been made in the new white paper.
Taiwan said – 23 million people will decide the future of the country
Taiwan denounced China’s white paper, saying it is full of lies and disregards facts. Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council also stated that the Republic of China (Taiwan) is a sovereign country. The council said that only Taiwan’s 23 million people have the right to decide on Taiwan’s future, and will never accept an outcome set by an autocratic regime.
The White Paper called the Taiwan Question and China’s Reunification in the New Era
The newly released white paper is titled “The Taiwan Question and China’s Reunification in a New Era”. The new era in this is a term usually associated with the regime of Xi Jinping. Xi Jinping could be elected president for a third term at the Communist Party Congress later this year. Taiwan has been facing the threat of Chinese aggression since 1949.