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While a lot of you infer from history that China had been separated and reunited many times in a number of different dynasties, you neglected several obvious differences between the world which China existed in the past and the world today. These differences are crucial in the way that they make "learning from the history" much less meaningful.|
In the past, an empire can massacre a whole town, burn a whole village, or carry out any other form of atrocity without being challenged and the rest of the world would have known almost nothing about it.
Naive attack-TW diehards would say: "Who cares about the world, TW is our internal affair." These people, due to a number of reasons, namely lack of knowledge about democracy, media and public opinions, and an understanding of the globalized economy, usually tend to make the judgement that an attack on TW will strengthen China's regional influence and consolidate national support, which boosts patriotism.
Never before in history has the world been so inter-connected as it is today. There are popular movements by the people, and these movements in one part of the world resulted in changes in the other.... Civil Rights Movement, Women Rights Movement, and several Anti-War Movements since Vietnam, just to name a few. And China will be completely vulnerable to this kind of movements world-wide if they choose to attack TW, and if it were ever successfully in doing it, it would likely require taking the lives of up to several millions, if not more. An attack on TW's soil will backfire and give the TW splittist force exactly what it wants - international recognition.
The western media will NOT help China justify the attack and there will be popular movements around the world to ban Chinese goods and stop investments in China. China has more to lose by attacking TW than recognizing TW's statehood.
The unification law is totally provocative, you cannot mandate the will of 23 million people.