Why Taiwan and China are Battling over Tiny Island Countries

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[1] data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.PCAP.CD?locations=PW-PG-SB-FM-NR-VU-MH-FJ-TV-KI-WS-TO
[2] www.lowyinstitute.org/publications/stronger-together-safeguarding-australia-s-security-interests-through-closer-pacific-0#_edn23
[3] www.icdf.org.tw/ct.asp?xItem=5276&CtNode=29823&mp=2
[4] www.icdf.org.tw/ct.asp?xItem=12487&CtNode=29823&mp=2
[5] www.icdf.org.tw/fp.asp?fpage=cp&xItem=30438&ctNode=29877&mp=2
[6] www.icdf.org.tw/ct.asp?xItem=4395&ctNode=29824&mp=2
[7] www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-diplomacy-kiribati/taiwan-says-china-lures-kiribati-with-airplanes-after-losing-another-ally-idUSKBN1W50DI
[8] www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7102519/
[9] pacificaidmap.lowyinstitute.org
[10] www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-great-wharf-from-china-raising-eyebrows-across-the-pacific-20180411-p4z8yu.html
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  • Fun Fact: Taiwan also claimed Arunachal Pradesh till early 90s.

    Ashutosh AnandAshutosh Anand4 saatler önce
  • If Taiwan wants to make more friends and be recognized further, they need to seriously step up their game. Voice out and support global issues such as the HK protest, Indo-China border disputes, Tibetian conflict, South China Sea claims, Uyghurs abuses, etc. China is making enemies and Taiwan needs to make friends with China's enemies. Taiwan needs to take advantage of these cold wars and nations that are pissed with China. China can pour all the money it wants, but Taiwan needs to win people's hearts.

    Raaman NairRaaman Nair13 saatler önce
  • 为什么不说当时美国佬阻挡中国统一?

    so soso soGün önce
  • Taiwan numba 1 China numba 6 Japan numba 5

    Billy MetokurBilly Metokur5 gün önce
  • Whats the difference between the two China?

    Dee_LandoDee_Lando6 gün önce
  • All I've learnt is that the UN is too powerful and should be demolished.

    Done BusyDone Busy7 gün önce
    • What the... I’m pretty sure that UN is one of the the few reasons why Taiwan and all these small Pacific countries still exist right now. After all, wars are pretty rare nowdays, compared to any other period in history ever since a human figured out that killing a different human may solve your problems real quick.

      Martin MendlMartin Mendl3 gün önce
  • 用中文回复你,讲的轮唇不对马嘴,一帮傻逼做自媒体的总要弄一些政治话题,好像你有多懂政治一样。这里面美国的因素一点都没讲,另外你都能想到买通人民的想法中国不会想到?所以不要做自媒体骗钱,因为你什么都不懂。

    star fucksstar fucks7 gün önce
  • Oh saying Taiwan is a country? Just wait for China to force TRvision to shut you down

    David ShakespeareDavid Shakespeare7 gün önce
  • Hey Wendover Productions, I was wondering if you take actions to help small channels? Just curious. I’m a new youtuber and my videos are quality but I can’t seem to get any eyes on my content just because I’m a small channel. Thanks

    The More You KnowThe More You Know8 gün önce
  • probs for saying "kirabas"

    クチュー語クチュー語10 gün önce
  • Long live Taiwan! Philippines recognizes your sovereignty!

  • Aren't they all supposed to be underwater by 20-something?

    Gino GarzoliniGino Garzolini14 gün önce
  • China just wants to squeeze out every little bit of control they have left in other areas. Taiwan, Hong Kong, some random islands (vs Japan). And control it they will, with an iron fist, once they get it.

    Quietus PlusQuietus Plus14 gün önce
  • Taiwan is a prime example of a non-nation begging to be vassal state just to snub China. Love how Taiwan pretends 228 isn't a big deal and that Taiwan had the longest period martial law in the world and somehow pretends it's a "democracy" lol

    0pTicaL0pTicaL14 gün önce
  • The taiwanese government is basically robbbing the people of money in order to perpetuate it's own existence.

    Chicken StealerChicken Stealer14 gün önce
  • Ah yes. The holy see.

    E. AndrewsE. Andrews15 gün önce
  • Could have been helpful to mention that most of the Chinese aid for infrastructure then requires the receiving Nation to use only Chinese multinationals for materials and labour. So of the cost, only a much smaller portion actually really goes to the local economy.

    theKWOKAtheKWOKA16 gün önce
  • who the frick needs mental health services if you live in Fiji?

    Johnny DJohnny D17 gün önce
  • 💐

    李诺李诺17 gün önce
  • At least China or Taiwan helps Pacific islands, US didn't do anything

    Ruizhe LiRuizhe Li18 gün önce
  • 6:33 planes

    WinginWolfWinginWolf18 gün önce
  • This video is sponsored by the Republic of China (Taiwan)

    周子航周子航18 gün önce
  • us taiwanese americans just gotta keep fighting 🇹🇼🇹🇼

    brandon kuobrandon kuo19 gün önce
  • taiwan strong 🇹🇼🇹🇼

    brandon kuobrandon kuo19 gün önce
  • In a nutshell.... Ye bik gaye sare ke sare...ye sale sab mil ke humko chutiya bana rahe hai 🤣🤣🤣🤣

    raman31656raman3165620 gün önce
  • Taiwan has an amazing president and a reputable government while the Philippine’s puppet president has wrecked the country and thus lost the country’s claims of some islands in the Sea

    Red Jet 7059Red Jet 705921 gün önce
    • Love Taiwan from India🇮🇳 !! Stay safe from the Corona republic of China.

      bowen voowybowen voowy19 gün önce
  • I stand by Taiwan, the real historic China. They still hold the culture and values that mainland China abandoned when they began following Mao Zedong.

    Strangely UkrainianStrangely Ukrainian21 gün önce
    • 🙏🙏

      brandon kuobrandon kuo19 gün önce
    • government.

      bowen voowybowen voowy20 gün önce
  • Do you know a big portion of taiwa's GDP comes from trade with mainland China?

    zanyduid Stonezanyduid Stone22 gün önce
    • 没意思,视频完全没有站在客观的角度说事情,明显站在台湾省的角度,这样的视频看了没意义,因为你的角度决定你在一件事情上的不公平

      bowen voowybowen voowy19 gün önce
  • China tryna get that Civ 5 diplomatic victory

    2D Women God2D Women God22 gün önce
    • China: "UHHHHH"

      bowen voowybowen voowy20 gün önce
  • But why can't Taiwan simply be recognised as the indipendent Republic of Taiwan??

    Airplane WhatAirplane What23 gün önce
  • 连这种援助都能拿来洗脑,言论自由好棒棒

    nagi springfieldnagi springfield23 gün önce
  • 两岸人民应该团结,这些钱本来可以用来建设各自内部的民生问题的,却偏偏被这些国家所利用真的感到惋惜。两岸越是斗,得到好处最多的也只能是那些太平洋上的岛国,而非两岸人民😭。

    so sso s23 gün önce
  • Taiwan is a beautiful place when a tourist. I first went there when 7, and it was great. From the surface, the people were great, food was delicious, and the landscape they showed was beautiful. However, when I was 9, my dads job made him go to Taiwan. After living there for just 6 months, I hated it. Though we had nice housing and that, the education there is absolutely horrible, and the people are not nearly as nice as they seen on the surface. That being said, Taiwan is recognized by most countries as a province of China.

    Chi?Chi?24 gün önce
  • 8:17 Well, one is a dictatorship, one is a democracy.

    Kwan LinusKwan Linus24 gün önce
  • 台湾独立不了,垂死挣扎而已

    Kristian DavidsonKristian Davidson24 gün önce
  • I can only feel the arrogant and ignorance that you try to think about the relationship between PRC and Pacific island nations in a baddit-like way. And the way is always the case that so-called " free and civilized" western countries really follow. The infrastructure is always the fundamental for every country, and China is trying to help them build the infrastructure for further self-development, which is the true help for an independent country. No government is fool enough to give up a chance for longer development just for some pointless aspect like baseball team. That just because a country with self-development ability must be able to improve their citizens' living level, such as a better baseball team. But the true independence of Pacific islands countries doesn't meet the interests of Australia, because that means the western world has less control of these countries for their resource and political interests, and that is the most selfish need I have ever seen.

    Hongbo SoongHongbo Soong25 gün önce
    • Interesting that you say "China is trying to help" when it's clear they're buying support yet when Australia does it you say it's "selfish" Clear double standard in your opinion

      ShamrockShamrock24 gün önce
  • official name of Taiwan: Republic of China can u dig it?

    Deep hugDeep hug25 gün önce
  • One of the many reasons the UN is garbage.

    ****25 gün önce
  • china: we have no time talking about under 1 million dollars business.

    Nick YoungNick Young25 gün önce
  • I feel like wendover production videos are rather too long for me.

    CHLamCHLam25 gün önce
    • I prefer it to be around 4-6 minutes long. Ps. that would have gain a lot more views.

      CHLamCHLam25 gün önce
  • 没意思,视频完全没有站在客观的角度说事情,明显站在台湾省的角度,这样的视频看了没意义,因为你的角度决定你在一件事情上的不公平

    心诚则灵心诚则灵25 gün önce
    • 你多看点这位作者的视频就知道了,典型中国威胁论

      台灣戰狼奧利給台灣戰狼奧利給24 gün önce
    • in civil war de jure.

      Deep hugDeep hug25 gün önce
  • Love Taiwan from India🇮🇳 !! Stay safe from the Corona republic of China.

    Ayush SinghAyush Singh25 gün önce
  • Taiwan: *does something that the UN doesnt like* UN: "hey, what's your deal China?" China: IT WASNT US IT WAS TAIWAN Taiwan: "so, you accept that we are a separate state?" China: "UHHHHH"

    Atomicwinter 31Atomicwinter 3125 gün önce
  • It's the difference between their political ideologies. Taiwan, as a democracy, will always seek to please the people. China, as a dictatorship, will always seek to please the government.

    BaneBane25 gün önce
  • I don't even have a bank account or credit card.

    Chris JonesChris Jones25 gün önce
  • Taiwan is CHINA their habitants fled the Communist China they did stick to their roots being real chinese!

    MrJoco69MrJoco6925 gün önce
  • Why I sometimes hate Wendover is because he keeps reminding me that what seems like nice actions meant to help people who live in harsh conditions, are actually soulless strategic decisions made to serve the donor's interests first. It's like humanness doesn't belong in geopolitics.

    Fairy C RatFairy C Rat25 gün önce
    • Right you are and it certainly doesn't. Charity always comes with strings attached

      ShamrockShamrock24 gün önce
  • "When its no longer useful, the pawn is first to be sacrificed" At least they'll still have Australia!

    Ptao TomPtao Tom26 gün önce
  • this video has 666,028 view when i watch this

    natan h4h4natan h4h426 gün önce
  • There are people in my country actually think uniting with China in a good thing, mainly consists of elderly people. It's unthinkable for younger generations like myself

    程裕仁程裕仁26 gün önce
  • 给爷看吐了

    Chris JiangChris Jiang26 gün önce
  • 把爷笑死了,修港口,修医院不如资助棒球队,不如修路灯,真她妈🐮奥

    jiahe wenjiahe wen26 gün önce
  • So China could just spend... and spend... and spend on foreign aid much like the Soviet Union just spend... and spend... and spend on their military? Boys, i think i know how to beat China :D

    AB CAB C26 gün önce
  • because in UN, no matter how small your country is, you still have one vote. that’s why in UN’s human rights council, they praise “China’s human rights”. To be honest, China indeed have some human rights if compare with some shitty countries in Africa and Middle East.

    1000 subs without vids1000 subs without vids26 gün önce
  • I thought the title would be more appropriate with "why ROC China and PRC China are battling over tiny island countries", cuz in both Taiwan and China's constitution, they're still in civil war de jure.

    LeoLeo26 gün önce
  • i wonder why this video didnt get pushed in my recommendations

    FroggyNipNipsFroggyNipNips26 gün önce
  • For we so loved the cold war that we decided to make a dozen more.

    Peter SmythePeter Smythe26 gün önce
  • china: bribe leaders with giant projects (where money goes back to chinese firms) taiwan: help local citizens sums up their own political systems in a nutshell

    testtest26 gün önce
  • Ok, at this point I honestly feel like I'm gonna get whacked by like everyone cuz..I'm from China...yeah😂

    Dio BrandoDio Brando27 gün önce
  • Great video, just 12 years too late.

    Leonard 427Leonard 42727 gün önce
  • So I should focus on buying a tiny pacific island, declaring myself an independent nation and wait for the money to start rolling in! Sweet

    Charming nowhere to hideCharming nowhere to hide27 gün önce
  • Even Tibet is not of China

    Yuvraj AgarwalYuvraj Agarwal27 gün önce
  • India will give Taiwan support if they play they cards right

    Yuvraj AgarwalYuvraj Agarwal27 gün önce
  • 0:57 Talks about Papua New Guinea, shows teritory of Indonesia. Hmm...

    Indra KusumaIndra Kusuma27 gün önce
  • 😂😂 even as a samoan, your saying samoa and tonga wrong, but thats pretty Funny tho. Keep up the good content 👍👍

    Straw Hat PivaStraw Hat Piva27 gün önce
    • @Charming nowhere to hide ???

      Straw Hat PivaStraw Hat Piva26 gün önce
    • Taiwan following footsteps of India. India has spent billions of dollars for reconstruction world of Afghanistan.

      Charming nowhere to hideCharming nowhere to hide27 gün önce
  • Judging from how unpopular China has become especially with the spread of a Pandemic worldwide, it should be a no brainer for the Pacific to choose Taiwan, and I sure hope that Taiwan will continue to disagree with a reunification. They deserve to be recognized as a country and China banned from the UN.

    joanna NACIANCENOjoanna NACIANCENO27 gün önce
    • @Dndqdghg Shtejtejtwt you can understand people's distaste for the CCP government right now though, the virus wasn't even confirmed by the CCP until atleast 2 weeks after the first diagnoses

      ShamrockShamrock24 gün önce
    • No matter how your media portraits China, we still have much success controlling the pandemic, even when it starts and no one has know anything about it. You should condemn the countries that with the knowledge of a possible disease on the way and received the warning from WHO and still done so bad. I am so sad about the hypocrisy of you uneducated ppl right now

      Dndqdghg ShtejtejtwtDndqdghg Shtejtejtwt26 gün önce
  • Taiwan got it rough.

    timmy D=timmy D=27 gün önce
  • so its basically money vs humanity?

    Shane UziShane Uzi27 gün önce
  • I live in the Marshall Islands, the people absolutely adore Taiwan and have extreme distrust towards the PRC. However, it almost flipped recently when a representative got an offer from the PRC to effectively turn Rongelap into another Hong Kong.

    Morgan DethlefsenMorgan Dethlefsen27 gün önce
  • Correction: The traffic scene in 0:58 is showing a traffic scene in indonesia, not Papua New Guinea. 1. The guy with the army uniform is wearing a TNI uniform (Indonesian Army) 2. The numberplates: Papua New Guinea is using black letters on white background while Indonesia is using white letters on black backgrounds. The motorbike in front (1:00) for example is registered in Bali (DK= Bali) and the Toyota van is from central Java (AD). 3. The yellow box truck in the background has a label with the most important technical information on the back of the silver box. That's a requirement for trucks and pickups in Indonesia. 4. The van in front of the truck is called Darmo and it's part of the public transportation system of indonesia. You can see it because the left side of the car is open . Anyway thank you for your work and I hope to see more videos on the topic in the future.

    Stefan ReisenerStefan Reisener27 gün önce
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