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NOTHING BINDS PEOPLE CLOSER THAN THEIR COMMON BLOOD AND THEIR COMMON SOIL.|
Interesting observation. China is not a sufficiently attractive model for living to the Taiwanese, to be sure. And the cultural values of China, being essentially more materialistic and pragmatic, have made the erstwhile Taiwanese materialists and capitalists feel they have been out-materialized. Speaking of opulence and conspicuous consumption, Chinese elites now outshine them all, except perhaps the Hongkong elite.
The feeling of kinship had once been shattered by the 2-28-47 incident, and remains to be fully repaired. Anger and feeling of being betrayed permeates Taiwanese perceptions of the Mainland. If being part of China meant 228, who cares for it? Not an unreasonable rebuttal to the appeals by the Mainland government to blood and kinship bonds. Then too, the years of LTH and CSB have inculcated a feeling that it is all right after all to not be a Chinese at all.
How China addresses these personal and social misgivings about being Chinese remains to be seen.
But history, blood, and kinship are facts, not perceptions, and because of these facts, Taiwan shares the sovereignty of its brothers and sisters over Diaoyudao (called Tiaoyutai in more accurate fashion by Taiwanese). And where sovereignty is at stake, these feelings of belonging are less important than the facts of possession of Diaoyudao, facts that generate livelihoods for its hundreds of thousands of fishermen and their families. The fact that Taiwan has sovereignty over Diaoyudao is beyond any shadow of a doubt.
And, as of now, only China is willing to back up Taiwan on its claims, and even fight and shed its own blood, to secure its claims. Once again, blood and soil bind the two sides of the strait together as one people, sharing the same destiny, regardless of their differences and disagreements. Would the US stand up for Taiwan's sovereignty over Tiaoyutai? Would Japan respect Taiwan's sovereignty over it?
No. Nobody. Not a single "Ally" of Taiwan is willing to spend blood and fortune to defend its sovereignty, and would even do as much to take it away from her. Nobody, except China.
So it is that Taiwan and its mainland brother, China, find themselves back on the same boat, on the same island, facing the same future. This defines them as simply ONE NATION. No more questions. Taiwan and China are one people, one nation, and one sovereign state in the community of all nations.