‘One China’ means different things to different people. It also might mean war


The “One China” policy means there is only one Chinese nation and that it is governed from Beijing.

Right? Wrong.

In fact, the policy allows for the existence of two separate Chinese entities, not one.

They are People’s Republic of China (PRC), governed by the Communist Party from Beijing, and the Republic of China (ROC), based on the island of Taiwan and governed by the Democratic Progressive Party.

If that sounds confusing, it’s because it is. The policy was designed to be deliberately ambiguous.

To further complicate matters, the One China policy isn’t actually one policy at all, but several — the…

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