Factbox: Key info on Taiwan-China relations as navy tensions rise


Oct 5 (Reuters) – China has claimed Taiwan by its “one China” coverage because the Chinese civil warfare compelled the defeated Kuomintang, or Nationalists, to flee to the island in 1949, and has vowed to convey it below Beijing’s rule, by power if crucial.

Following are key info on ties between Taiwan and China as navy tensions rise once more:


– Since the Democratic Progressive Party’s Tsai Ing-wen first turned president in 2016, Taiwan-China ties have soured once more, with China reducing off a proper dialogue mechanism, flying fighters and bombers close to Taiwan, forcing overseas companies to check with Taiwan as a part of China on their web sites, and whittling away Taiwan’s diplomatic allies.

Beijing believes Tsai, who received re-election by a landslide final yr, desires to push Taiwan’s formal independence, a pink line for China. She says Taiwan is already an unbiased nation, the Republic of China, its official title, and that the federal government will defend the island’s freedom and democracy.

– The Kuomintang occasion, which favours shut ties to China, had been in energy earlier than Tsai. Relations warmed significantly after its chief, Ma Ying-jeou, received the presidency in 2008. Re-elected in 2012, Ma went onto maintain a landmark assembly with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Singapore in 2015.


– China and Taiwan have practically gone to warfare a number of occasions since 1949, most lately forward of the 1996 presidential election. Then, China carried out missile exams in waters near the island hoping to forestall individuals voting for Lee Teng-hui, who China suspected of harbouring pro-independence views. Lee received convincingly.

– Taiwan says China has hundreds of short- and medium-range ballistic missiles in addition to cruise missiles pointed at Taiwan, and that China runs a classy on-line disinformation marketing campaign to undermine confidence within the authorities.

– Taiwan and China final joined battle on a big scale in 1958, when Chinese forces carried out greater than a month of bombardments of the Taiwan-controlled Kinmen and Matsu islands, together with naval and air battles.

– The United States is obliged to assist present Taiwan with the means to defend itself below the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act. China at all times reacts angrily to U.S. arms gross sales to Taiwan and has repeatedly demanded they cease. China has blamed the United States for the newest tensions attributable to its assist for Taiwan’s authorities.

– China has the world’s largest armed forces, and so they have been quickly modernising, including stealth fighters, plane carriers and new submarines, below an formidable programme overseen by Xi.

Taiwan’s far smaller navy is generally provided by the United States, although Tsai has bolstered home manufacturing, together with growing long-range missiles and new, heavily-armed “aircraft carrier killer” warships.

Taiwan’s air power specifically is nicely educated, however specialists say the island may seemingly solely maintain out for a couple of days within the occasion of a Chinese assault until the United States shortly got here to its assist.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore

Chinese and Taiwanese national flags are displayed alongside a military airplane in this illustration taken April 9, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo