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SOVEREIGNTY IN THE MODERN WORLD -- 团结是力量 -- 起来！不愿做奴庸的人们，把我们的身肉筑成一个新的长城！|
Regardless of how sovereignty was originally established, such as by initial discovery, development or conquest, in the modern world, sovereignty has to be maintained by military force. Absent this element, claims of sovereignty quickly fade into history, and is replaced by the reality of a new master of one's past sovereign territories. Sovereignty can be eroded also by internal division, even split into two, each of which parts stands even less chance of weathering invasions by other countries.
Thus, the standard strategy of an expanding power is to divide one's enemy into many separate sovereignties, and then conquer each wonderfully "independent" sovereignty which then fades into vassalage to it. Therefore, the first sign of a crumbling sovereignty is when it splits into two or more separate entities, initially autonomous, then subsequently independent. While there can be many reasons for such fragementation, there are usually only a few reasons for unity. One of these is a common language, another is a common culture, and another still is an interdependent economy between the parts of this unity, but of necessity, there has to be a military power that rewards those who remain united with it, and punishes those who separate from it.
Thus, in this epic struggle between the People's Republic of China and Imperial Japan (currently still a constitutional monarchy), China's weakness is its current state of division due to an unresolved civil war of some 50+ years' duration, and its strength is its vastly greater resources and manpower than Japan.
If the PRC and ROC governments are serious about preserving the sovereign territory of the China they both swear fealty to, and derive their authority from, then it is imperative for the two sides to unite before they fight any external foe, whether it be Japan or Vietnam.
Logic dictates their certain defeat if they insist on being separate in their actions, and promises their victory instead if they can work as one. So, why cannot China and Taiwan just stop worrying about external threats and pressures that seem to make victory so elusive for either one of them? They are looking in the wrong direction seeking for a solution to their weakness and vulnerability. They should look first within among themselves for a solution to their divided state, and having reached a consensus on what they shall work together on as one country, they would not have to worry at all about what external military threats they face, what external coalitions surround them, or what others say about their claims of sovereignty. When the armies and navies of the United Republic of China enter into any theater, the outcome would instantly be a foregone conclusion.