- Jan 2017
- Republika Srpska
The eventual goal of Hideyoshi's invasion of Korea was to get to China and to conquer it. Now, the Japanese were unable to do this and in fact were really unable to even get into Chinese territory (apart from maybe some of Kiyomasa's skirmishes against the Jurchens). Well, my question is: why didn't they consider getting to China through Taiwan? I mean, this is the end of the 16th century, so before any other colonial power took control of Taiwan and AFAIK there were no really strong kingdoms and states in Taiwan at the time. So, it's most likely that the Japanese would have faced much less resistance from the Taiwanese than from the Koreans, who had an organized state and army. Taiwan is not really that far from China and has throughout been used as a stronghold for a regime that eventually wanted to take entire China (the Kuomintang comes to mind and maybe even Koxinga, but I have read conflicting accounts on his motivations). So, why didn't the Japanese take that route? Was it because of their navy? Was it because they heard of diseases there? Or perhaps is it because they never considered it at all?