A Qing dynasty emperor said back in 1922, “Taiwan hasn’t belonged to China since the days of yore.”
By: Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Dr. Sun Yat-sen came to Taiwan three times. He stayed for half a month the first time, but only
stopped over in Taiwan briefly for the second and third times. With regard to the fact that Taiwan was a part of Japan’s territory at that time, the founding father of modern China never made an official statement on the matter.
However, at a ceremony to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birthday of Sun on Nov. 12 this year, Chinese President Xi Jinping played the same old tune of “China and Taiwan belong to the same China.” If Sun were alive, he would be very surprised to hear that.
Anyone familiar with Chinese history knows that the territories of Chinese dynasties have changed a lot since ancient times. Even the sizes of territories within a same dynasty may vary. For example, the difference between Qing dynasty’s largest territory and smallest territory was 1.8 million square kilometers, or 50 times that of Taiwan. [FULL STORY]