Even as China considers Taiwan its own territory and the latter stressing itself to be an indepedent country, tens of thousands of Taiwan independence campaigners took to the streets.
They were part of a major rally that is a rebuke to Beijing and a challenge to the island’s already embattled government.
The protest in central Taipei came as China increasingly pushes its claim to the self-ruling democratic island and President Tsai Ing-wen struggles to appease Beijing and independence factions.
It was the first large-scale protest calling for an outright independence vote since Taiwan first became a democracy more than 20 years ago.
Taiwan considers itself a sovereign state, with its own currency, political and judicial systems, but has never declared formal independence from the mainland.
Beijing has warned it would respond with force if Taiwan tried an official split.
Even though the DPP is traditionally independence-leaning, Tsai has said she wants to maintain the status quo with China.
China has also successfully pressured global firms to list Taiwan as part of China on their company websites.>