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On the Celebration of the 110th Anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution

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23.10.2021

The reason for another address to the Taiwan problem, perhaps the most dangerous today in terms of maintaining (at least relative) stability in the global political system, was the celebration of the 110th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution in Beijing and Taipei. Successful completion of the Revolution interrupted more than 2,000 years of monarchical rule in China and served as the starting point of the country’s modern history.

It is already worth noting how the common people with Mainland Taiwan designates this momentous day, The National Day of the Republic of China (also referred to as Double Ten Day or Double Tenth Day) That is, the milestone event in Chinese history occurred, according to the Taiwanese leadership, on the “tenth day of the tenth month” in 1911, according to the Gregorian calendar. The specified calendar also operates in the People’s Republic of China, but the specific chronology using sexagenary cycle is kept here. Beijing’s use of the hieroglyphic notation from the Chinese calendar dictionary Xinhai, the date of the same event symbolizes the continuity of the PRC’s positioning concerning the country’s ancient history.

In Taiwan, the Double Ten Day is also officially written in hieroglyphic, but it is still a translation of the date of the European chronology. And with the growing attempts to establish Taiwan as an independent state sharply intensified with the rise of the Democratic Progressive Party to power in 2016, these differences in the designation of the same date become a factor in the most relevant politics.

In the most general terms, the message of quite a few Taiwanese elites to the international political space can be summarized as follows: “We are an integral element of Western European democratic civilization, i.e., proponents of a linear-continuous-progressive course of the historical process, and have nothing to do with the Chinese-cyclical description of it characteristic of our archaic Mainland opponents.”

“Own” designation of a common holiday with Beijing fits into the process of searching for a (“own”) historical identity, which, if it recognizes (though not always) its “common Chinese” roots, is........

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