Sun Yat-sen: Nanjing Can Accept Him. Tainan Cannot
United Daily News editorial (Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China)
February 26, 2014
Summary: Compare the bronze statue in the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum in Nanjing with the Sun Yat-sen statue in Tainan's Tang Dezhang Park. Sun Yatsen was broad-minded and profound. Taiwan independence zealots are narrow-minded and superficial. The two sides must think anew and confront the reality of the Republic of China.
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On February 12, Wang Yu-chi, in his official capacity as Mainland Affairs Council Chairman, laid a wreath at the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum in Nanjing. He then delivered a speech. He spoke of the era of Republic of China rule over the Mainland, using official titles. He spoke of "extolling the Father of the Nation," of the "Founding of the Republic," of the "Three People's Principles and Five Powers Constitution," of the "1992 consensus, seeking common ground while setting aside differences," of "facing reality," and of "Win-win." At the Bo Ai Plaza he declared, "The Republic of China has been in existence for 103 years."
On February 18, at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Lien Chan told Xi Jinping, "Everyone should acknowledge the existence of the Republic of China." He said, "During the process of expanding cross-strait relations, the Republic of China is an asset, not a liability." Xi Jinping's response was, "As long as something helps cross-strait relations, it can be discussed."
On February 22, at the Tainan Tangde Memorial Park, Green Camp Taiwan independence advocates pulled down the bronze statue of Sun Yat-sen. On the back of the statue they spray painted the words "ROC OUT." This is Chinglish for "Throw the ROC out!" On the front they spray painted the words, "KMT DOWN." This is Chinglish for "KMT, step down!"
These three scenes played out on the two sides of the Taiwan Strait over a ten day period. The Blue Camp seeks to uphold the Republic of China's status within the "one China framework." Green Camp Taiwan independence zealots seek to repudiate the Republic of China, and sever all links with "China." Pulling down the statue of Sun Yat-sen was a symbolic attempt to sever the cross-strait link. This is the major difference between the Blue and Green camps on cross-strait policy. It can be evaluated from two perspectives, "inside Taiwan" and "internationally and cross-strait."
Consider the "inside Taiwan" perspective. The Republic of China's constitutional democracy has evolved to the point where calls for the KMT to step down are not a problem. After all, the DPP controlled the central government for eight years. In the Tainan region, the KMT has been out of power for over 16 years. Even calls to "Throw the ROC out!" are tolerated. For example, some political parties openly demand Taiwan independence. Even ROC President Chen Shui-bian openly demagogued the "rectification of names" issue. Consequently, pulling down the statue of Sun Yat-sen is merely "destruction of public property." And spray painting "Throw out the Republic of China!" is merely "freedom of speech."
The Republic of China is a rare bird. It is a democratic nation that tolerates demands tha tit be overthrown. It is highly tolerant of Taiwan independence. It bends over backwards for it. The political shennanigans perpetrated by the DPP during its eight year rule demonstrated that independence is unattainable to everyone inside and outside Taiwan. Taiwan independence has been unable to implement the "rectification of names" and subvert the Republic of China by means of the democratic process. Pulling down a bronze statue of Sun Yat-sen does not prove that Taiwan independence is a righteous cause. It is a political faux pas that merely reveals one's intolerance. Without 65 years of Republic of China governance, established by Sun Yat-sen, the statue in the park would have been Mao Zedong's, and the Tang Dezhang Park would did not exist.
Consider the "international and cross-strait" perspective. The Wang Zhang meeting and Lien Xi meeting in February show that the two sides seek a solution in between "not state to state relations" and "acknowledging the existence of the Republic of China." In other words, they must establish a big roof concept of one China that can acknowledge and accomodate the Republic of China. This is precisely why when Wang and Zhang referred to each other by their official titles, it was seen as a sign of progress by the international community, especially the U.S. and the EU.
Consider international "one China" strategic theory. For Taiwan, Sun Yat-sen and the ROC are links within the "one China framework" difficult to break. They are the primary lever by which Taipei can counter political pressure from Beijing. Sun Yat-sen's authority on Mainland China is unchallenged. This is due to the ideal of the Three People's Principles. Its moral authority cannot be denied. Even Beijing reveres Sun Yat-sen. Can a handful of Taiwan independence zealots demonize Sun Yat-sen by pulling down his statue? Cross-strait relations have entered "deep water." Sun Yat-sen and the ROC are Taipei's chief credentials vis a vis Beijing. Pulling down a statue of Sun Yat-sen and shouting "Throw the ROC out!" are foolish and suicidal acts that merely reveal one's ignorance about the international strategic situation.
Taiwan independence zealots pulled down the statue of Sun Yat-sen. They abetted the Taiwan independence agenda. They rejected the trade in services agreement. Taiwan must become more closely associated with Sun Yatsen and the Republic of China. This will enable it cope with growing pressure from Beijing. Yet Taiwan independence zealots choose to spit into the wind.
Beijing once said that "The Republic of China is no more." Taiwan independence zealots scream, "Throw the ROC out!" At the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum Wang Yu-chi said, "The ROC has been in existence for 103 years." In Beijing, Lien Chan urged everyone to "acknowledge the existence of the Republic of China." Yet Taiwan independence zealots pulled down the statue of Sun Yat-sen. Beijing told "Republic of China" officials that "Anything can be discussed." Yet Taiwan independence zealots still want to "Throw the Republic of China out!" Little do they know that Taiwan is the water. The ROC is the glass. As long as the glass remains, the water will stay in the glass. Once the glass is broken, the water will run off.
Compare the bronze statue in the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum in Nanjing with the Sun Yat-sen statue in Tainan's Tang Dezhang Park. Sun Yatsen was broad-minded and profound. Taiwan independence zealots are narrow-minded and superficial. The two sides must think anew and confront the reality of the Republic of China.
2014.02.26 03:04 am
二月二十二日，在台南湯德章紀念公園，綠營獨派拖倒了孫中山銅像，在銅像背面噴漆寫著「ROC OUT」（中華民國滾蛋），正面噴上「KMT DOWN」（國民黨下台）。
就台灣內部言。中華民國的憲政民主進展至今日，其實，「KMT DOWN」已不是問題，因為民進黨曾執中央政權八年（在大台南地區，KMT也已OUT超過十六年）；甚至連「ROC OUT」亦可存在於中華民國的民主議程之中，例如，有公開倡議台獨的政黨、有公開運作的台獨活動，連中華民國總統陳水扁亦可公開操作「正名制憲」。所以，拖倒「國父銅像」可能只涉「毀損公物」，而噴漆「中華民國滾蛋」也是「言論自由」。