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Kingpoleon
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« on: October 09, 2019, 01:06:50 pm »

Recognizing it is itself unlikely to take back China from the PRC, what happens if Taiwan today starts backing separatists in Xinjiang, Tibet, Inner Mongolia, and Hong Kong? Maybe even Hainan? Urging them to join a Free Chinese Confederation, and with a staunchly anti-Beijing tone, they might even stir up regionalism in Manchuria. Would it be largely ineffective? Would it force the Chinese to come to the negotiating table?
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2019, 02:55:59 pm »
« Edited: October 10, 2019, 12:12:07 pm by Stranger in a strange land »

They won't, and even if they did, it wouldn't be effective. Taiwan still calls itself "The Republic of China" and would still claim Tibet and Xinjiang, even if they did somehow end up ruling the Mainland again. Also, Hainan and the former Manchuria have no interest in separatism: Hainan is mostly Han and the provinces that make up Manchuria have a similar percentage of Han to China as a whole, and the Manchu language has only a few thousand mostly elderly speakers.
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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2019, 03:31:01 pm »

They won't, and even if they did, it wouldn't be effective. Taiwan still calls itself "The Republic of China" and would still claim Tibet and Xinjiang, even if they did somehow end up ruling the Mainland again. Also, Hainan and the former Manchuria have no interest in separatism: Hainan is almost entirely Han and the provinces that make up Manchuria have a similar percentage of Han to China as a whole, and the Manchu language has only a few thousand mostly elderly speakers.
Hainan has a decent sized non-Han population(~25% being the estimate by everyone but Beijing), and even then, most of the island’s culture is a bit different from the mainland’s. Nonetheless, I didn’t call those two particularly feasible - just possible.

As for the ROC’s claims? Yes, but if it allied itself with Uyghurs, Mongolians, and Tibetans, I can imagine that some form of confederation could reasonable be established.
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2019, 09:10:41 pm »

That would be most ironic since Taiwan continues to claim Mongolia and Tuva.
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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2019, 02:34:27 pm »

They'd get more international support but I don't think they'd get much more in China. In fact, they may be seen even more negatively.
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« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2019, 03:12:43 pm »

All of these lands are provinces of the Republic of China. Ideally we'll get a confederated Republic in the future. But unlikely considering the corrupt regime in Beijing now.
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