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Taiwan Question
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After Hong Kong (1997) and Macau (1999), the government in Beijing also wants Taiwan to "return" to the motherland as soon as possible. In the view of Beijing, incorporation of the island into the PRC would solve the Taiwan Question (Taiwanwenti), and thus the question of sovereignty would be resolved at last and the sacred unity of the nation completed. For the Taiwanese government in Taipei, however, there is n…

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Trampedach, Tim, “Taiwan Question”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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