On January 1, the Chinese mainland suspended tariff reductions on 12 items of chemical products from Taiwan. They will no longer enjoy the preferential tax rates stipulated in the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA). The mainland won't allow "pro-independence" politicians in Taiwan to enjoy the benefits that the mainland offers and use the resources gained to push for a pro-independence agenda. Trade with the mainland is a lifeline for Taiwan's economy. Those in power are responsible for the welfare of the young people and future generations. They need to recognize one simple fact: There is only one China and Taiwan is part of China.