Friday, July 9, 2010

Is the DPP helping Taiwan, or the CCP?

Is the DPP helping Taiwan, or the CCP? 
United Daily News editorial (Taipei, Taiwan, ROC)
A Translation
July 7, 2010

The Democratic Progressive Party's cross-Strait policy contains a glaring paradox. It shrilly proclaims that the Chinese Communist Party is its main enemy, but in practice it confines its battles to the island of Taiwan. It has never demonstrated any intention of confronting its ostensible opponent on the opposite shore of the Taiwan Strait.

The DPP has obstructed cross-Strait exchanges, the recognition of Mainland academic credentials, and the exchange of personnel. On the surface, its goal is to safeguard Taiwan's interests. In practice however, it has merely bound Taiwan hand and foot, without touching a hair on the CCP's head. In fact the target of the DPP's attacks has always been the KMT. Long ago, it locked onto this "surrogate enemy." This spares it from the necessity of direct clashes with the CCP. No longer content to lash out at its "pseudo enemy," the Green Camp is now advancing the absurd argument that "to strike a blow against the KMT is to strike a blow against the CCP."

The DPP's obstruction of ECFA has brought the problem into clear relief. The DPP opposes the expansion of cross-Strait economic and trade exchanges. It speaks of a "One China Market," and characterizes it as an evil transaction harmful to Taiwan. But the question is, if one jettisons ECFA, will that help Taiwan, or harm Taiwan? The answer is clear. Without the Mainland as its hinterland, Taiwan will have a hard time finding alternative financing and markets. Without Taiwan however, the impact on the Mainland will be extremely limited. In other words, the DPP's obstruction of ECFA will only harm Taiwan. It will not harm Mainland China. The DPP has engaged in endless obstructionism. First they say they are doing it to help vulnerable industries. Then they say they are doing it to oppose a "One China Market." Just exactly why are they doing it?

The DPP knows perfectly well what it is doing it. As far as the DPP is concerned, ECFA is an island-based battle, unrelated to cross-Strait competition and confrontation. It is merely a struggle over short-term political interests, unrelated to Taiwan's survival or long term interests. The DPP waves a borrowed "anti-China" banner, to add a little excitement, to make the DPP's political charade appear high-minded. But with a little thought, the public should have little difficulty discerning the glaring contradiction between the DPP's words and deeds. The DPP is systematically weakening and hobbling Taiwan, while aiding its ostensible "evil enemy." As it hides behind its deceptive mask, the DPP fills the air with shrill proclamations about how much it "loves Taiwan."

The DPP may argue that as an opposition party it is merely providing checks and balances against the ruling party. But the DPP ruled for eight years, during which it imprisoned Taiwan behind locked doors. It played an endless string of games involving the "rectification of names," the "changing of names," and the removal and destruction of road signs. All of these were part of a hollow charade for internal consumption. None of these games ever struck a blow against the opposite shore. None of these games ever harmed a hair on Beijing's head. Instead, the DPP relentlessly attempted to instill fear in people's hearts. It insisted that an giant boogeyman lived on the other side of the strait. But it never crossed the sea to challenge this monster. It merely sat at home shouting "Oh how frightening!" The DPP never kicked the football toward the opponent's goal. It merely kicked the ball back and forth in front of its own goal. It never scored a goal. What's worse, it frequently mistook its own goal for the opponent's goal, and gave the opponent extra points.

The DPP's obstructionism undeniably provided the government with a little additional leverage during negotiations with the other side. It lent the government a few more bargaining chips. But when the DPP equates obstructionism with a philosophy of life, and a reason for living, then the results can only be counterproductive. The DPP's obstructionism will not help contain the CCP. It can only bind Taiwan, hand and foot. Therefore the DPP must redefine is cross-Strait policy. Its strategy and tactics are full of flaws, and require major changes.

The DPP behaves belligerently with the KMT. But when confronted with the CCP, it is "fierce of mien but faint of heart." Furthermore, its empty expressions of "love for Taiwan" contradict its rhetoric about bolstering Taiwan's economy. The DPP is about to unveil its "Platform for the Coming Decade." The DPP should think long and hard about what it intends to say and do. It should acknowledge its self-contradictory, bigoted attitudes. It should find within itself the wisdom and courage to confront its real opponent on the opposite shore.

The DPP has long pretended that by "striking a blow against the Blue Camp," it was "striking a blow against the Red Camp." But that game is getting old. The DPP needs to find a new game.

Su Chih-fen made has just returned from a trip to the mainland. She confessed that the more she saw how skillfully Mainland businesses were being managed, the more depressed she became. Chen Chu admitted that ECFA would be help Kaohsiung's fish farming industry. Su Huan-chih cast doubt on his own party's ambiguous stand on ECFA. He said "We should enter any market in which we can make a profit." The DPP opposes cross-Strait trade. Actually, that's fine. What matters is to be clear about Taiwan's future direction. The DPP can no longer point to the opposite shore and prattle on about boogeymen. It can no longer hide at home and demonstrate its bravado by engaging in internecine warfare. The DPP's behavior has reached the height of absurdity.

The DPP must find a way to bridge the yawning chasm between its "nativist" rhetoric and a sensible cross-Strait policy. At the very least, it must offer a convincing argument. The DPP lacks a strategy for Taiwan's economic growth. The DPP lacks the courage to confront the CCP directly. Unless the DPP can overcome these deficiencies, it will never be anything more than a gang of political refugees and thugs, whose only trick is to surround the podium in the Legislative Yuan.

2010.07.09 03:26 am











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