Why does Tsai Ing-wen not promote Taiwan’s independence?

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Tsai Ing-wen is a Taiwanese politician who has been the President of the Republic of China(ROC or Chinese Taipei) since May 20th, 2016. She doesn’t support Taiwan’s independence from China.

This can be seen in her stance on a referendum on whether to become an independent state. Tsai Ing-wen is against this referendum and instead wants to build a relationship with China that would benefit both countries.

In her recent public conversations, Tsai Ing-wen didn’t advocate for Taiwan’s independence. Instead, she emphasized that she supports peace in cross-Strait relations and wants to maintain a status quo that recognizes both Beijing and Taipei as the representatives of all people in Taiwan and that they should communicate more directly. Tsai Ing-wen’s popularity began to drop when she said that she did not support Taiwan’s independence during her inauguration speech on May 20th, 2016.

Since Tsai Ing-wen took office as President of the ROC in May 2016 her government has not made any moves towards promoting Taiwan’s independence from China. Even though many Taiwanese want to be free from Chinese rule, Tsai does not feel that it is worth risking military conflict with China over this issue.

If you want to understand the situation in Taiwan, you need to understand the complex historical background first. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) claims sovereignty over Taiwan, but the Republic of China was the colonial government in exile that ruled Taiwan, which is currently an unrecognized country.

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The ROC was established in 1912, after the fall of the Qing Dynasty. Soon after the conclusion of the Second World War, China was divided between two major powers -Kuomintang(KMT) and the Chinese Communist Party(CCP). The Chinese Civil War took place from 1946-1949 between the KMT and the CCP, led by Mao Zedong. The civil war ended in 1949 with the victory of the CCP. KMT had to withdraw from mainland China and their leader, Chiang Kai-Shek, left for Taiwan with his government. The People’s Republic of China was established in Beijing on October 1st, 1949 under Mao Zedong’s command. It is worth mentioning that, like the Constitution of the PRC, Taiwan is not allowed to declare independence from the ROC under the current Constitution of the ROC.

Taiwan is an island in East Asia with a population of 23 million. People live on its west coast, in the highlands in the center, and along the east coast. The main religions are Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Christianity.

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