The Issue of Taiwan In a Nutshell

Taiwan has long been inhabited by Chinese people and administered by China’s central governments. Historically, there had been little question about the island’s political status until a civil war broke out in China.

Foreign powers, particularly the US, interfered in the affairs of China, and so Taiwan became a flashpoint. A recent controversial visit to the island by US house speaker Nancy Pelosi and Beijing’s reaction have fueled the already high cross-strait tensions and brought fears of a major conflict amidst the ongoing war in Ukraine.

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