When reporting on tensions across the Taiwan Strait, news outlets tend to relate the conflict to the fact that China regards Taiwan as part of its territory and thus a “domestic affair,” which was part of the Chinese Civil War in the mid-20th century. This is just one example.
This explanation always seemed a little to me. There is no doubt that national convictions play some role in the decision-making process. But I find it hard to believe that China will increase the threats to Taiwan Only on pride.
What are the real and hard-line reasons behind the recent rise in the Chinese Communist Party’s aggression towards Taiwan? How much of this relates to commerce? How much of this relates to dominance? What other parts of the equation am I missing here?