China-Taiwan Tensions of 2020-2021
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The China-Taiwan Tensions of 2020-2021 is an ongoing series of events causing high amounts of tension between The People's Republic of China and Taiwan (The Republic of China), being supported by The United States. These events have led to other countries improving relations with Taiwan, most notably, India.
These tensions had been rising since 2016, and started to intensify in 2020.
China has kept firm about the One-China policy, saying if Taiwan won't reunify peacefully, China will reunite with force.
The following is a timeline of events that are related to these tensions.
- January 11, 2020: 2020 Taiwan Presidential Election: DPP incumbent candidate Tsai Ing-wen wins with a landslide.
- June 2020: The main opposition party in Taiwan, the Kuomintang, said they would review their unpopular advocacy of better ties with China.
- August 13, 2020: Taiwan announces an almost 10% military budget increase for 2021. Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Zhao Lijian responded by calling this move from Taiwan "an ant trying to shake a tree".
- October 10, 2020: Taiwan celebrates the Double-Tenth Day, also known as Taiwan's National Day. Several pro-Taiwan posters are issued throughout New Delhi in India, some near the Chinese Embassy, however these are taken down quickly.
- October 14, 2020: Chinese president Xi Jinping tells a military base in Guangdong to prepare for war.
- October 19, 2020: In Fiji, 2 Chinese embassy officials allegedly storm a Taiwan National Day celebration being held in a hotel in Suva and harass several attendants before a fight breaks out, leaving one Taiwanese diplomat hospitalized. The Chinese officials apparently declared diplomatic immunity when police arrived.
- November 24, 2020: Taiwan starts building submarines.
- 2020: Throughout of all of 2020, China flew over 380 sorties into Taiwan's ADIZ. A record amount of Hongkongers move to Taiwan. 
- January 11, 2021: The United States lifts its self-imposed restrictions which stopped officials from visiting Taiwan.
- January 20, 2021: Joe Biden becomes president of the United States.
- January 23, 2021: 13 PLA Aircraft fly over Taiwan's ADIZ.
- January 24, 2021: 15 PLA Aircraft fly over Taiwan's ADIZ. The United States responds to this by sending a group of carriers to the South China Sea.
- January 28, 2021: China says if Taiwan declares independence, they will declare war on Taiwan.
- January 30, 2021: Australia continues to patrol the South China Sea after China threatens Taiwan with war if they attempt independence.
- February 1, 2021: Taiwan and the USA start being more transparent about when American planes enter Taiwan's ADIZ. A military coup is performed in Myanmar.
- February 3, 2021: United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin requests a military stand-down in the next 60 days to allow military leaders to address extremism in the ranks.
The "Pineapple War"
In late February 2021, China announced they were banning the importing of Taiwanese pineapples, due to the possibility of 'harmful creatures' that could damage its own agriculture scene. Taiwan claims that it was an attempt to pressure the country politically. In response, Taiwan retaliates by launching a campaign encouraging people, inside Taiwan and out to eat more Taiwanese pineapples (Labeled as freedom pineapples). This ends up benefitting Taiwan, and pineapples from Taiwan sell rapidly.
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