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China Plans To Send Police To Taiwan?

May 10th, 2009

popoAs many already know, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) — aka “China” — and the Republic of China (ROC)  – aka “Taiwan” — don’t get along. While both sides continue to make overtures towards detente, there is still quite a bit of tension in the relationship.

China insists, of course, that “Taiwan is an inseparable part of China’s territory since antiquity,” and while most Chinese on the mainland believe this to be true, in Taiwan there is a great deal of discussion and debate on the matter. Beijing has been building up its military, according to some, for the possibility towards an effort to “liberate” Taiwan. Meanwhile, Taiwan’s acquisition of military technology is about preventing such a possibility from occurring.

With this in mind, it’s surprising to learn that Taiwan may soon allow China the opportunity to establish a base for police operations. Some commentary from a related article in the Taipei Times:

“Let’s wait and see — first it’s the police, next it will be the military,” an anonymous Internet user wrote on an online forum. “Once Chinese police and military can be legally present in Taiwan, it would be like telling the world we’ve been ‘liberated.’”

“Chinese police will soon be allowed to make arrests in Taiwan,” an Internet user with the screen name “cw” said. “Wuerkaixi, Professor Ruan Ming [阮銘], Tibetan dissidents and Taiwanese independence activists will be the first on the list.”

Both Wuerkaixi and Ruan are Chinese dissidents taking refuge in Taiwan. 

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