China, in a typical communist move, declared on their state-run media that they earned more gold medals and overall medals than the United States; they did this by unofficially adding Taiwan and Hong Kong’s medals to their own count.
China Central Television is directly controlled by the Communist Chinese Party; the CCT declared that they earned a total of 42 medals when in reality, they only received 38 gold medals. The United States, on the other hand, officially won 39 medals to officially take home the most gold medals.
The New York Post reported that there were also posts floating around on Chinese social media platform Weibo that declared that China officially had 106 total medals in total.
Yet, in reality, they only won a total of 88 compared to the United States’ 113. The China Daily, which is also owned by the Chinese Communist Party, declared that the U.S. always tries to find a way to come out on top. What the China Daily should’ve written was China always finds always to exalt itself by using propaganda.
China Doesn’t Just Want Taiwan’s Medals; They Want Their Land Too
The struggle between mainland China and Taiwan dates back to when communist dictator Mao Zedong took over mainland China (and the legitimate government of China at the time) then fled to Taiwan to seek refuge.
For many years, the international community recognized Taiwan as the legit controller of mainland China; after Mao’s dynasty took place, the international community started to step back.
In 1971, the United States along with the Soviet Union both voted to take away Taiwan’s (Republic of China) seat at the UN General Counsel and replaced it with the People’s Republic of China.
Ever since then, the U.S. has taken a one-China policy stance regarding Taiwan, but still has shown them support unofficially.
Since the Communist People’s Republic of China took over mainland China, they have been chomping at the bits to take back Taiwan as their own; however, due to the fact the U.S. has backed Taiwan’s military, they have yet to do so.
Trump Phone Call with Taiwan was the First Since 1979
In December of 2016 for the first time since 1979, a U.S. President answered a call from the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The call was made by none other than President Tsai Ing-wen to congratulate Trump on winning the presidency.
The call infuriated mainland China, due to the fact they don’t recognize Taiwan’s government, but rather they believe Taiwan is part of Communist China’s control. Democrats were also furious and called out Trump for trying to start a war with mainland China.
Most Republicans had Trump’s back though; they stated that the left was angry Trump answered a call from a president who was elected by a democratic race, but was overjoyed when Obama met up with the Castros in Cuba.