for an island country
under China’s thumb
Just a brief post about the 6.7 force earthquake which has shaken Japan’s neighbour to the south, Taiwan. Over 150 people missing at the time of writing. I hope they are found safe and sound. Up to 21 dead already and many more injured. It seems to have mainly hit Tainan, a city in the south west of Taiwan. I hope their search and rescue efforts are successful. I’m sure neighbouring countries including Japan will get involved in the rescue operations, if called upon to do so.
Taiwan has been in the news lately with the election, mid-January, of the country’s first female president, Tsai Ing-Wen. She is leader of the DPP, the Democratic Progressive Party, a political party in Taiwan in favour of splitting from China, a matter which is the subject of much debate in Taiwan and China. Would Taiwan be able to hold its own if it did split from China? I don’t know enough about their economy but personally, I think they should. She is willing to maintain the status-quo for a while in any case. China of course will not let Taiwan go so easily, given that they have a hard enough time letting go of uninhabited islands, and tends to be a bit of a bully in that part of the world but we’ll see what happens.