Peace, Reunification, and the Chinese People: Three Antidotes for Taiwan's Crisis
China Times Editorial (Taipei, Taiwan, ROC)
June 22, 2016
Executive Summary: Tsai Ing-wen and the ruling DPP regime need to realize that hate is a poison, born of mutual deception. Hatred of Mainland China will eventually force the Mainland to hate Taiwan. The hatred incited on Taiwan today, will be reciprocated in kind tomorrow by the Mainland, and push Taiwan inexorably toward the abyss. As the party in power, the DPP should be happy to see the KMT help Taiwan extricate itself from its threefold dilemma. “The Chinese people”. How long has it been since we have heard these words? Only "Chinese people helping Chinese people" can extricate Taiwan from its predicament.
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Taiwan was once one of the “Four Asian Tigers". It created an "economic miracle". It was a "beacon of democracy". But everyone on Taiwan, with the exception of a few willfully blind, willfully deaf politicians, knows that Taiwan now faces marginalized on the world stage, enmity from the other side of the Strait, and social divisions from within. If it continues on its current course, Taiwan will eventually lose everything it has. It will even suffer the indignity of being reunified by force.
The most serious crisis facing Taiwan is cross-Strait relations. Fortunately it is the crisis most easily remedied. In fact, a former president proposed a solution to the cross-Strait crisis 20 years ago, during his inaugural address. His address has been touted as the most enlightened in two decades. During his address, he said historical factors may have led to divided rule, but both sides of the Strait nevertheless seek national reunification as their goal. Only through sincerity and patience, through communications, through the seeking of common ground while shelving differences, can the two sides resolve the problem of national reunification, and ensure the common good of the Chinese nation as a whole.
He said the two sides of the Strait must end hostilities in order to facilitate national reunification. He said peace and tolerance is the only way to defuse confrontation and hatred. The former president's inaugural address invoked many current catchphrases, including “peace, tolerance, national reunification, the Chinese people, an end to hostilities”, and “overcoming hatred”.
The former president was of course Lee Teng-hui. In 1996, during his inauguration, he issued his "Promote a Great Taiwan, Establish a New Chinese Nation" proclamation. Even the title was praised as "lofty in its sentiment, extraordinary in its courage". But soon afterward "national reunification" became a taboo expression. Even "peace agreements" were denounced as "selling out Taiwan", as part of an "evil agenda".
Any president today who echoed Lee Teng-hui's "Promote a Great Taiwan, Establish a New Chinese Nation" inaugural speech would immediately be crucified on Facebook. The presidential palace would be besieged by mobs of students. Talking heads would hold him up to ridicule. They would conclude that he no longer wanted to be president, and was intent on committing political suicide.
If this speech by Lee Teng-hui from 20 years ago, were delivered today, it would obviously be deemed Politically Incorrect. In fact, the first person to leap forward and denounce this speech as “selling out Taiwan”, the first person to cast a stone, would be none other than Godfather of Taiwan Independence Lee Teng-hui himself. But set aside Politic Correctness for the moment. Return to the reality of the three crises facing Taiwan. Is this inaugural speech, which today seems so Politically Incorrect, factually incorrect? Are not the ringing sentiments expressed in this speech in fact the remedy for Taiwan's marginalization in the world today, for the enmity between the two sides of the Strait, and for the social divisions tearing Taiwan apart from within?
If so, why must we be held hostage by Political Correctness? Why can't “Chinese people help Chinese people". Why can't they acknowledge that they are members of the same family? Why can't people on the two sides be friends? Why can't people on the two sides benefit from their association and pursue a brighter future? If this is not wrong, our course of action should crystal clear.
The two sides have been isolated from each other for some time. Nevertheless the two sides' political, cultural, social, economic links have never truly bee broken. People on Taiwan and people on the Mainland have never had any real grievances with each other. Current opposition and hatred of Mainland China is the result of political manipulation. Young people in particular, never experienced the Chinese Civil War. They don't realize that this hate is the result of "mutual vilification". It is a remnant of history. Much of today's emotionalism is a legacy of the Chinese Civil War. It is hatred between regimes, not hatred among people.
Cross-Strait hatred is a legacy of KMT vs. CCP history. An end to enmity can only be achieved by the enemies themselves. The KMT and CCP are the ones who must put an end to the enmity. Hung Shiu-chu should meet with Xi Jinping and issue a joint declaration. The two parties should declare an end to hostilities. They should declare an end to the Chinese Civil War. Hung should pledge that upon a KMT return to power, she will promote the normalization of cross-Strait relations, the rule of law, and the concept of Chinese people helping Chinese people. When the Kuomintang was in office, it lacked courage. Now it has been reduced to a feeble opposition party. If it still cannot muster the courage to defy Political Correctness, if it still lacks the fortitude to uphold National Correctness, Taiwan Correctness, and Cross-Strait Correctness, what chance does it have of returning to office?
Tsai Ing-wen and the ruling DPP regime need to realize that hate is a poison, born of mutual deception. Hatred of Mainland China will eventually force the Mainland to hate Taiwan. The hatred incited on Taiwan today, will be reciprocated in kind tomorrow by the Mainland, and push Taiwan inexorably toward the abyss. As the party in power, the DPP should be happy to see the KMT help Taiwan extricate itself from its threefold dilemma.
“The Chinese people”. How long has it been since we have heard these words? Only "Chinese people helping Chinese people" can extricate Taiwan from its predicament.
2016年06月22日 04:10 主筆室