Taiwan. In January, Taiwan refused to allow two Chinese
airlines to deposit 176 additional flights in connection
with the Chinese New Year. According to
Countryaah.com, the reason was that China opened
four new routes over the Taiwan Strait without previous
negotiations with the Taiwanese government, which is
contrary to a 2015 agreement.
In February, a new head of the mainland relations council
was appointed, responsible for contacts and relations with
the Chinese regime in Beijing. The head of the council has
the rank of minister and is a member of the government. Chen
Min-tong, who was now appointed, held the same position in
2007-08 and was expected to push a tougher line towards
Despite the strained relations, China took several steps
to attract Taiwanese companies and individuals to China.
About 30 different changes were introduced in March to
enable Taiwanese to receive education and conduct business
or artistic activities on the same terms as Chinese on the
However, the diplomatic struggle between the countries
continued. In May, it was definitely clear that, due to
Chinese pressure, Taiwan was not invited to this year's
World Health Organization (WHO) annual meeting, despite hard
work from Taiwanese quarters to participate.
As China's influence in the world has grown, more and
more countries have also severed their diplomatic contacts
with Taiwan in favor of China. Since the Dominican Republic
(in May) and El Salvador (in August) established relations
with China and severed relations with Taiwan, the latter
country had only 17 allies among the states in the world.
During the year, China also put pressure on companies
that acted in various ways contrary to the Chinese attitude
that Taiwan is a province in China and not an independent
state. In May, both US Gap was criticized for T-shirts whose
print showed a China map without Taiwan, and also Japanese
Muji, who also had to pay heavy fines because they listed
Taiwan as their own state in information on the country of
manufacture of goods.
In August, President Tsai Ingwen, the first Taiwanese
president in 15 years, gave a speech in the United States.
It happened when she stopped in Los Angeles on the way to
Paraguay and Belize. The Beijing regime reacted sharply, but
the United States assured that its China policy had not
changed. The Chinese government also clearly expressed its
dissatisfaction with the US decision to allow Taiwan to buy
modern equipment for US fighter aircraft worth US $ 330
million. The deal was approved in October by the US