Losers in civil wars are always the cancerous sore on the winners body.
The defeated Chinese fled to the island of Taiwan in 1949, forming a country, that had little talk or trade with the victors on mainland China, from then on for 50 years or more.
China has just established an undersea pipeline that will pump Liquefied Natural Gas, or LNG, to Hong Kong, also a separate entity from China in the past, and now an integral part of China, though its political infrastructure has not substantially changed.
Taiwan is an island nation without its own energy sources. Some editorials are suggesting, in consideration of what Taiwan pays for units of energy, that cheaper fuels are available direct from China.
There is also the suggestion that Taiwan’s export competitiveness would be greatly enhanced if, for instance, a pipeline was built from the China mainland to Taiwan, carrying plentiful LNG, perfect for generating electricity and fueling vehicles.
The opposite side of the coin is that Taiwan should, or would be expected to, recognize certain political, policy, and economic changes in order to construct a necessary trade zone between China and Taiwan.
The old-timers on Taiwan will most likely decry tight relations with China, even if economic benefits accrue. However, most likely, by 2049, 100 years after the end of the civil war, the integration may be so complete, that observers will hardly take notice.
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