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By Simon Long (auth.)

ISBN-10: 0230377394

ISBN-13: 9780230377394

ISBN-10: 0333512936

ISBN-13: 9780333512937

Taiwan has been defined as a ticking time bomb. For all of the fratricidal strife that has scarred chinese language politics for the reason that 1949, Peking's leaders have by no means wavered from their dedication to reunification with Taiwan. There, 20 million humans have witnessed one of many nice monetary miracles of the post-war period. yet their govt is based on a structure that says legitimacy over all of China. during this provocative learn, Simon lengthy appears on the ancient heritage to China's declare to sovereignty, and on the roots of Taiwan's monetary triumphs.

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He was expelled to the British colony of Hong Kong in 1884, for desecrating village idols. In Hong Kong, he acquired a medical training and the sobriquet 'Doctor'. In 1894, Dr Sun, like many other ambitious and patriotic young men, had taken a proposal for economic and political reform to Peking, to present it to the modernising imperial statesman Li Hung-chang. Unsurprisingly, Li spurned the opportunity of meeting the upstart and Dr Sun turned away from the reformist route, and became one of China's first professional revolutionaries.

The Dutch had reneged on their pledges not to interfere with trade: one of their administration's first acts was to impose a duty on two staple exports, sugar and rice. The incensed Japanese argued that, as earlier arrivals in Taiwan, they should be exempt. The bitter row at one point threatened the entire Japan-Netherlands trade. Yahei was inspired in particular by an incident where a Japanese district officer, en route to Fuzhou to trade, was forced by Dutch intervention at the Pescadores to abandon his voyage.

Nor were the insurrections minor matters of a few discontented locals taking up arms. In 1722 a humble duckfarmer who led one revolt declared the Chinese Empire at an end and installed his own dynasty, driving the Ch'ing officials back to Fujian. Later, a contemporary French observer wrote in 1789 of the Great Rebellion that had broken out two years earlier: The troubles in Formosa are ended at last, but at the cost of a shameful and expensive war to China. She has lost at least a hundred thousand men, destroyed by disease or the swords of the rebels; and she has expended two millions of taels.

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