Christmas Present: Pandas or [Less] Missiles?

Few observers have already protested over the new Panda art being displayed near Taipei parks, “Taiwan has no Pandas, we don’t need Pandas and this is unnecessary!  Taiwan has our own black bear, this should be a symbol of display, not China’s Pandas.” commented a mid-age Taiwanese who wishes to be only listed as Mrs. Lin.

Debate on this topic ranged from all wide views and debate, but were the voices heard?  Is protest the only way to get to Ma Ying Jeou?  Is the only way to get him to take a glance is through unnecessary police brutality?

Activists from The Taiwan Republic Campaign hold back a man in a panda suit and a man wearing a mask of Chen Yunlin (C), Director of the China mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), during a protest skit in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei October 1, 2008. Activists protested on Wednesday against the preparation by China to send two pandas to Taiwan as gifts and the proposed visit of Chen in late October for cross strait negotiations.

"Activists from The Taiwan Republic Campaign hold back a man in a panda suit and a man wearing a mask of Chen Yunlin (C), Director of the China mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), during a protest skit in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei October 1, 2008. Activists protested on Wednesday against the preparation by China to send two pandas to Taiwan as gifts and the proposed visit of Chen in late October for cross strait negotiations."

Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan from South-West Sichuan province of China arrived in quarantine after a three-hour flight on December 23, 2008 at the Tao Yuan International Airport of Taipei, Taiwan.  From the airport, they were escorted by local officials down to their new home in Taipei City Zoo, however will be isolated for a month for further quarantine before being ready for the awaiting, eager public.  With the new arrivals, the Taipei city government quoted an estimate of six million visitors to the zoo, doubling the current statistics.  The unchanging concerns of the Taiwan Straight relations with China, the status of Pandas current name holds concern among the locals.  Names Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan together meaning:  reunion; only feeds the protest among already concerned citizens.  Officials are not likely to change their names.

Pandas arrival at the Tao Yuan International airport of Taipei, Taiwan on December 23, 2008.

Panda's arrival at the Tao Yuan International airport of Taipei, Taiwan on December 23, 2008.

Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan were given on behalf of China’s capital, Beijing as a gift, a sign of warming relations with Taiwan.  Lets be reminded here that China adds “more than 3 missiles a day” directing in its entirety at the Taiwan island.  Lets not also forget that the politics between China and Taiwan has been in strong public view and interest for over fifty years, how does this knowledge [of missiles] encourage or benefit China’s international relations in business and manufacturing?  In the year 2000, it was reported that China has only “200” missiles while this year, have gained to “1400.”  The people of Taiwan are tired of being on the edge!  It seems like the more Taiwan purchases arms of defense, the higher the number of missiles are projected.

Instead, wouldn’t a decline in the amount of misslies be a greater gift as a sign of warm relations?  An armed weapon before oneself would only raise hostility, once lowered (yet loaded), such an action releases tension from both sides.  Ma Yin Jeou is president of Taiwan, Chen Yulin arrived and left with a pleasant visit (managed and ensured by government security and encouraging “Chinese Taipei” or China flags), record history’s first meeting (in ten years time) of talks between the two country’s officials ensued, the Pandas are received…

A mainland tourist, Miss Chen offers a comment, “If every single person or citizen within China spits over, the island of Taiwan will drown.”

With flights up to “60 round trips per month crossing the 180km,” the increase of tourists from China are expected not only to boost the local business, but the entire economy would benefit from the public’s help and welcome.  Analysts have estimated the agreement to ensure billions of dollars over the long term, and trade a 21.7% boost (reaching $43.9billion), marking the first step taken by the public.

Many tourists from the Chinese mainland visit the Sun Moon Lake, a famous scenic spot in Taiwan on Sunday, July 6, 2008. The first group of 680 tourists from the Chinese mainland have started their sightseeing in Taiwan after taking historic cross-Strait weekend charter flights to arrive in the island Friday.

Many tourists from the Chinese mainland visit the Sun Moon Lake, a famous scenic spot in Taiwan on Sunday, July 6, 2008. The first group of 680 tourists from the Chinese mainland have started their sightseeing in Taiwan after taking historic cross-Strait weekend charter flights to arrive in the island Friday.

With promises of billions, who couldn’t welcome the fellow Chinese mainlanders or even offer to lend a hand? Calculated, the charted flights will bring over 3,000 tourists to the island a day.  The purpouse in this?  Beijing is hoping that increased contact will “warm Taiwanese hearts” toward China and to “diminish obstacles to closer intergration.”

Tourism could only bring Taiwan great prosperity, right?  DPP supporters are worried as with effects of U.S. economy: what if foreigners take away our jobs?  Currently, there are great numbers of various Asian immigrants who are homeless or unemployed and hold protest outside government offices and councils.  Their past work, caring for the elderlies.  These unemployed foreigners have no choice but to stay in the island with no way out and no way home.  Some, even have children whom are in the same circumstances with almost no fluent language.  What can we do to boost the nation’s economy?  Is this not why we elected Ma Yin Jeou?  Only time can tell.

“It doesn’t matter who and what party, who wins and what they say.  That’s what politicians are for.  Politics does not pertain to me because I still wake-up the next day, put on my shoes and go to work like any other day, no matter who is President.” said an elderly man walking by, brought back into the work force from retirement, wishes to remain anonymous.

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~ by Lan on 2008 FriUTC2008-12-26T09:32:34+00:00. 15.

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