China and Taiwan – Why do we have full normal diplomatic relations with a brutal regime but not with a democratic country?

Spoiler: There are two China. One of the countries is a brutal communist regime. Communist China oppresses its own people, kidnaps other countries’ citizens, occupies Tibet, annexes islands in the South China Sea, ignores international law, uses its firms to spy for the state, pushes indebted countries to support its foreign policies, abuses its position in the UN, tries to cover-up its denial about Covid-19 and attacks those who expose it. 

The other country is democratic. Its citizens not only enjoy prosperity but also civil rights. Taiwan is under constant attack from communist China. Communist China is recognised by most countries and have formal diplomatic relations with them. Taiwan is only recognised by a few countries. This is hypocrisy and it is time to do something about it. 

China and Taiwan received a lot of attention during the Covid-19 outbreak. The Chinese regime initially put the lid on the outbreak. This behaviour has meant that the pandemic has had much larger consequences than if China had been transparent and alerted the WHO. The Taiwanese government and authorities acted immediately upon acquired information about the transmission of Covid-19 inside of China. Their warnings to the WHO were however neglected. This is a consequence of China’s aggressive policy which ultimately aims at occupying Taiwan and integrate it with the rest of the dictatorship.

China and Taiwan have de facto been separate countries since 1949. From the beginning, living standards and health conditions developed much better in Taiwan than in China. Chinese development did not accelerate until after Mao’s death which allowed the new regime to introduce market economy reforms. The Tiananmen Square Massacre made it clear for the world that the communist regime was not interested in human rights in any other way than crushing them with tanks, guns, and concentration camps.

Continue reading

Graph of the Day – Capital-output ratios, TFP and labour shares in China and Taiwan

Also, today’s graph is about China and Taiwan. While yesterday’s graph was about Internet use and abuse, today’s graph is about economic developments again as in the post two days ago.

As noted in the post two days ago, the Chinese economic development was more or less absent while the idiot Mao was alive. Taiwan on the other hand developed fast. Chiang Kai-Shek was also a brutal dictator, but he implemented market economy reforms much earlier than the communist regime.

As noted in the first post, the “Great Leap Forward”, or as it is better known, The Big Famine, was probably the most stupid economic policy ever pursued. The waste of lives is well-known as well as the vast amount of capital, energy and raw material that was used for this idiotic purpose.

Continue reading

Graph of the day – Internet use and abuse in China and Taiwan

Today’s graph follows the same theme as yesterday’s graph. As I mentioned, I’m working on a blog post on China and Taiwan. The post will not only cover economic developments as shown in yesterday’s graphs, but also politics. Governments plan and implement policies in many ways. Policies in dictatorships and democracies are made from widely different views on individual rights and constraints on the executive powers.

China and Taiwan represent the two extremes on the above-mentioned spectra. The two countries also pursue foreign policy in two extremely different ways. While Taiwanese foreign policy follows diplomatic rules, Chinese foreign policy is aggressive and tries to influence decision making in different countries in different ways.

Continue reading

Graph of the day – GDP per capita and life expectancy in Taiwan vs China

I am trying something new today. I usually update my blog only two or three times a month. I do a lot of reading, writing, and editing between those posts before I decide what to write about and then finally how to write it. It does not always turn out well as some readers might have noticed.

As my few readers have noticed, I like to use data to support the arguments I put forward. Sometimes in forms of tables but mostly in forms of graphs. I produce a lot of them when I prepare posts for my blog. Some of them are used in the posts while most find their way in some remote part of the hard disk. Some of the graphs and tables are nice even though I do not use them. Therefore, I begin this new routine.

The graphs and tables will either be used in a future post or were left out in a previous post. Or maybe an update of a graph that I have used in a previous post.

Continue reading