100,000 Taiwanese push back against Chinese aggression. —Gerrit van der Wees (@UniofNottingham)
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Gerrit van der Wees, Taiwan analyst associated with the Global Taiwan Institute, & George Mason University; in re: The open letter to the people of Taiwan (also see below): http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2019/01/09/2003707590 Why is Xi threatening Taiwan? He’s at the summit of his power and influence in China and feels that he can push Taiwan into a corner. Taiwan lacks diplomatic relations with the US or Europe, and feels isolated and dispirited. Taiwan’s actual democracy is only about twenty years old, so in the letter we express our concern about Chinese oveerweening, and our respect for Pres Tsai Ing-wen, and encourage Taiwanese to remember that they're members of the family of free and democratic nations. Response has been overwhelming; much reporting. Taipei Times got over 100,000 hits on the letter. So many threats from Beijing in the last few weeks; hostility that we haven't seen in recent times. May be from Chinese domestic problems as a diversion; also, internationally, China has lost a lot of ground because of its bullying tactics over the South and East China Seas; vis-a-vis Malaysia and Indonesia. They’re pushing back.