China Thinks It can Prevent The World From Celebrating Republic of China (Taiwan) National Day

Chinese embassy emailed a letter en masse to Indian journalists calling them as “our media friends”, dictating them not to call Taiwan as Country (Nation) or “Republic of China”. China exposed its links with the Media fraternity worldwide. It also exposed that many media houses worldwide may have “Friends of China” in Chinese Pocket who follow dictates from their Chinese Masters. Letter was about celebration of Taiwan’s National Day on 10-October 2020. China thinks it can prevent the World from celebrating Republic of China (Taiwan) National Day. One question is being asked world wide. Is such a letter meant for only the Chinese Paid Journalists and Media houses or is it a dictate to all Indian Media. Was this letter sent only to Indian Media or were similar letters sent to other countries as well?

However, it is important to note that China used “our media friends” and not Indian media in general. Is this a subtle hint towards those under its pay or is it a consequence of shoddy translation?

Chinese embassy emailed a letter en masse to Indian journalists, “reminding” Indian journalists that there is “only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory. These facts are recognised by UN resolution and constitute the universal consensus of the international community”.

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Forgetting that the Media has independence in other countries except China, Chinese embassy in its letter sent a message to its paid journalists and media houses in India which read, “Regarding the so-called forthcoming “National Day of Taiwan”, the Chinese Embassy in India woul like to remind our media friends that there is only one China in the world, and the Government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legitimate government representing the whole of China. Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory. The facts are recognized by UN resolutions and constitute the universal consensus of the international community.”

China Thinks It can Prevent The World From Celebrating Republic of China (Taiwan) National Day : Letter Sent by Embassy of China in India to Indian Journalists
China Thinks It can Prevent The World From Celebrating Republic of China (Taiwan) National Day : Letter Sent by Embassy of China in India to Indian Journalists

“All countries that have diplomatic relations with China should firmly honor their commitment to the One-China policy, which is also the long-standing official position of the Indian government,’’ e-mail from the Chinese Embassy’s Press Section said.

“We hope Indian media can stick to Indian government’s position on the Taiwan question and do not violate the One-China principle. In particular, Taiwan shall not be referred to as a ‘country (nation)’ or ‘Republic of China’ or the leader of China’s Taiwan region as ‘President’, so as not to send the wrong signals to the general public,” the letter further said.

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The Chinese embassy said it “appreciates the good faith and efforts by friends from the media”, and was “willing to maintain communication with media friends on China-related reports”.

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History of Republic of China (Taiwan) National Day – Double Tenth Day

Republic of China (Taiwan), was formed as a Country (Nation) on the 1st of January, 1912. A significant event that led to its formation is the Wuch’ang Uprising which commenced on the 10th of October, 1911. The revolt eventually led to the downfall of the Qing Dynasty in China, paving the way for a new Country, Republic of China (Taiwan) to be founded.

China Thinks It can Prevent The World From Celebrating Republic of China (Taiwan) National Day : Scene from previous National day parades in Taiwan
China Thinks It can Prevent The World From Celebrating Republic of China (Taiwan) National Day : Scene from previous National day parades in Taiwan
China Thinks It can Prevent The World From Celebrating Republic of China (Taiwan) National Day : Republic of China (Taiwan) celebrating National Day
China Thinks It can Prevent The World From Celebrating Republic of China (Taiwan) National Day : Republic of China (Taiwan) celebrating National Day

The Wuch’ang Uprising, under the leadership of Sun Yatsen, started in resposne to the discontentment of the Chinese people about the Qing’s power and control as well as the strengthning Japanese and Western influences. Due to the revolt’s sucess, several other uprisings commenced in other cities across China. Consequently, the Manchus were defeated. The leader of the Wuch’ang Uprising had been elected as the provisional President of the new republic of Republic of China ROC or Taiwan.

Republic of China (Taiwan) celebrating National Day : Cultural celebrations
Republic of China (Taiwan) celebrating National Day : Cultural celebrations

During the course of the Chinese Civil War, the government of the Republic of China (ROC or Taiwan) lost control of mainland China, fleeing to the Island of Taiwan in December 1949. The National Day is now mainly celebrated in Republic of China (ROC) controlled Taiwan, but is also celebrated by many overseas Chinese.

During the establishment of the Republic of China ROC, Taiwan was under Japanese rule, which began in 1895. In 1945, after surrender of the Empire of Japan in World War II, Taiwan was placed under the control of the Republic of China (ROC).

China Thinks It can Prevent The World From Celebrating Republic of China (Taiwan) National Day
China Thinks It can Prevent The World From Celebrating Republic of China (Taiwan) National Day

In Republic of China (Taiwan), the official celebration begins with the raising of the flag of Republic of China (Taiwan) in front of the Presidential Office Building, along with a public singing of the National Anthem of Republic of China (Taiwan). It is then followed by celebrations in front of the Presidential Office Building; from time to time, a military parade may occur. Festivities also include many aspects of traditional Taiwanese culture, such as the lion dance and drum teams, and cultural features coming from Taiwanese aborigines are integrated into the display in recent years. Later in the day, the President of the Republic of China (ROC) Taiwan would address the country and fireworks displays are held throughout the major cities of the island.

China Thinks It can Prevent The World From Celebrating Republic of China (Taiwan) National Day
China Thinks It can Prevent The World From Celebrating Republic of China (Taiwan) National Day

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National Day Military Parade

In the past, Republic of China (Taiwan) Armed Forces have traditionally put on a military parade. During this parade, troops and equipment are marched past a reviewing platform in front of the Presidential Office Building. Typically, foreign ambassadors, military officers, and other representatives and dignitaries are invited to view the parade.

Following the National Anthem and the firing of a 21-gun salute, the parade commander, a general-ranked officer of any of the service branches of the Taiwan, would then be driven to the front of the grandstand to inform the President of the permission to commence the parade proper. (Until 1975, the President also inspected the parade formations riding a vehicle, as each battalion of the parade formations presented arms in his/her presence and all the unit colours and guidons also dipped in his/her presence.)

The presidential holiday address to the Taiwan and the country was the finale of the parade wherein all the units comprising the ground column, following the march past, reassembles at the center of the road for the address.

In the mainland China, as the Communist Party of China seized control of mainland China in 1949, October 10 is now celebrated in the People’s Republic of China as the anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution and the Wuchang Uprising.

Watch the fireworks

The fireworks displays on double ten are events that dwarf the Taipei 101 New Year’s events for sheer size and volume. They are a sight to behold and each year they take place in a different location around the country.

Points to Ponder

China Thinks It can Prevent the World from Celeberating Taiwan National Day. One question is being asked world wide. Is such a letter meant for only the Chinese Paid Journalists and Media houses or is it a dictat to all Indian Media. Was this letter sent only to Indian Media or was similar letter was sent to other countries as well?

However, it is important to note that China used “our media friends” and not Indian media in general. Is this a subtle hint towards those under its pay or is it a consequence of shoddy translation?

Can China impose its dictate on International Media like it controls the CCP controlled media in China?

Has China assumed that other countries will bow down to Chinese Dictates?

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