, officially known as The Republic of China and formerly known as Formosa, is an independent island state east
of China`s mainland.
Austronesians populated the island some 8000 years ago. Their ancestors later may have moved on
to Southeast Asia and Polynesia but a new theory claims it was the other way around.
In 1624 the Dutch East India Company staked
out their claim by building Fort Zeelandia and by 1642 these entrepeneurs had driven out the Spanish competition that occupied
In 1662 the Dutch were defeated by the Ming general Koxinga who founded the shortlived Tungning Kingdom.
followed by the Japanese in 1894.
In 1949 the Kuomintang under Chiang Kai-shek was defeated
by the communist forces of Mao Zedong and retreated to Taiwan, bringing 2 million people, treasures and China's gold reserves
Thanks to the Taiwan Miracle that started in the 1960's Taiwan is a prosperous country, but China claims souvereignty on
the island while Taiwan claims legitimacy of the total mainland.
Unfortunately the new US administration seems intent
to heat up this long lingering conflict.
Dumb, reckless and dangerous!!