As of 2012, it is: Taiwan, PROC, China

On March 2008, Ma Yin Jeou won the people’s election from Taipei Mayor to Taiwan’s President with 58% in winnings.  Lets review what won him this election and what we entrusted with him.

Following is Ma’s specific policy proclamations to align his candidacy with Taiwan-centric consciousness:

  • He explicitly ruled out unification with China.
  • He insisted on numerous occasions that the ROC (which even the DPP acknowledges is Taiwan’s official name) is already a sovereign country.
  • He demanded as a precondition for peace talks that China not only stop insisting on unification, but also renounce the use of force—while removing the 1,000-1,400 missiles it currently has targeted on Taiwan.
  • He demanded that Beijing allow Taiwan greater international space, by calling off its “full-court press” of recent years in which PRC officials arm-twist the ROC’s dwindling corps of diplomatic allies into switching recognition, and by finding a formula under which Taiwan could enter the U.N. and other state-based organizations in some capacity.
  • He expressed his expectation that a peace agreement with China could be reached in which the PRC would recognize the legitimacy of Taiwan’s government (albeit not its de jure sovereignty).

    * White represents the peoples livelihood;     * Blue represents democracy; and     * Red represents nationalism.

    In the "Blue Sky with a White Sun" flag of Lu Hao-tung, the twelve rays of the white Sun symbolize the twelve months and the twelve traditional Chinese hours, each of which corresponds to two modern hours. Sun Yat-sen added the "Red Earth" to the flag to signify the blood of the revolutionaries who sacrificed themselves in order to overthrow the Qing Dynasty and create the ROC. Together, the three colors of flag correspond to the Three Principles of the People: * White represents the people's livelihood; * Blue represents democracy; and * Red represents nationalism.

  • He repeatedly criticized the CCP’s (Chinese Communist Party) human rights record, and particularly excoriated its policies on Tibet during the week before the election; he threatened to boycott the Beijing Olympics if Tibet repression took a turn for the worse and he invited the Dalai Lama to visit Taiwan at any time he desired.
  • He denounced Premier Wen Jiabao’s assertion that not just the 23 million people of Taiwan, but also the 1.3 billion people of China, deserved a say in Taiwan’s future; Mr. Ma excoriated Mr. Wen’s “ruthless, irrational, arrogant, foolish, and self-righteous comment.”
  • Five days after the election, he even met with deep-Green former president (and CCP arch-nemesis) Lee Teng-hui to pay respects and seek the elder statesman’s advice, evidently trying to signal the 42% of voters who supported Frank Hsieh that he still hopes to win their cooperation.

With Ma as President for Taiwan, “means a chance for Taiwan to re-engage with the world and a way to move without giving the U.S. needless provocation,” Sean King, vice president of New York-based business advisory company Park Strategies LLC said in Taipei.

The people have felt Ma’s urge to “unite” with China, through one government or another, it would ruin and erase the entire history of Taiwan.  The invasion of Hakka in Taipei, capital of Taiwan have already accomplished this in the 1950’s through dominating the teaching and working fields, punishing anyone speaking the Taiwanese language, behaving non-Chinese and freely or publicly practicing non-Chinese culture.  Today, majority of the people in Taipei speak Mandarin and the young generation are unable to speak Taiwanese though a good majority may understand a considerable amount.  Now, the Taiwanese government is encouraging Chinese actors to come and play roles in TV series to help economy???

Government Information Office Minister Vanessa Shih said on Dec. 25 that allowing Chinese entertainers to come to Taiwan to act in TV dramas will increase jobs opportunities for locals rather than decrease them. 新聞局長史亞平24日細數半年來施政績效,包括在辦理開放國大陸手、演員來台政,表示未來會看到更開放成果。央社記者蘇聖斌攝 97年12月24日

Government Information Office Minister Vanessa Shih said on Dec. 25 that allowing Chinese entertainers to come to Taiwan to act in TV dramas will increase jobs opportunities for locals rather than decrease them. 新聞局長史亞平24日細數半年來施政績效,包括正在辦理開放中國大陸歌手、演員來台等政策,表示未來會看到更開放成果。中央社記者蘇聖斌攝 97年12月24日

Back to Ma…

As President Ma’s popular rating seem to slip further down, even seen as low as 25%, did he appear to slowly try to appeal to the people two weeks after meetings with Chinese representatives.  Is he stable…??  Even earlier, during his term as Mayor for Taipei,  “He began, as early as the mid-1990s, to learn to speak Taiwanese.”  To explain this, Ma was born in Hong Kong to two Chinese parents and was raised in Taiwan.  How is it possible that someone who isn’t a native Taiwanese, made it through government doors and into Presidency?  Many voters I’ve interviewed during the election commented that they preferred him to Hsieh because of his education in the New York University and Harvard Law School, the capability of speaking English, and his good looks…  Some others brought-up his promise to boost the national economy (through China).  Today, both his popularity and Taiwanese economy is lower than ever.  In review: people forget to think the possibility for long term and tend to think for the present.

Over the past century, much have changed for the better, and some for the worse.  Technology held the key in the change into modern society, however we are slipping from culture, our national identity is endangered, and Taiwan’s (pre-1940’s-Chinese) history…

Born in Taiwan in 1949, Dave (photo) learnt his trade from the age of 15, starting in an apprenticeship with a Shanghainese master whom relocated to Taipei.  Little did Dave know, his life and career was destined to be tied with the changing political and economic tides of the region.

Born in Taiwan in 1949, Dave (photo) learnt his trade from the age of 15, starting in an apprenticeship with a Shanghainese master whom relocated to Taipei. Little did Dave know, his life and career was destined to be tied with the changing political and economic tides of the region.

…is unfortunately, edging towards extinction.  If you look at what we can do now, it’s not anyone’s fault: children are spending their every waking hour on school while college graduates and the general people, working.  Who has the time to do the research?  It is much more convenient to play the computer, eat late at night to satisfy what we are lacking in our lives, and watch what the KMT-bought-media wants to tell us.

Ma Yin Jeou, according to former President Lee Tung-Hui, is “New Taiwanese.”  As a Taiwanese, I embrace the first generations Taiwanese (one naitive parent, the other a Chinese), they are only human like any other on the road of life and cannot change or state who they are (because of their confused identity).

…Back To The Main Point…

“Lai I-chung (賴怡忠), an executive member of the pro-localization Taiwan Thinktank and former director of the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) International Affairs Department, said that 2012 is a year important to Taiwan’s survival.”

By 2012, Ma Yin Jeou’s Presidential term will most likely have expired (this is statiscally calculating if his popularity rating continues to decline the way it has), however will have support from the Beijing government to get re-elected into a second term.  Some predict, if Ma isn’t re-elcted, there will “adopt drastic measures to divert public attention…”

I shall leave you all with something to think about:  Is there something to learn from Hong Kong’s hand-over?

Advertisements

~ by Lan on 2008 TueUTC2008-12-30T11:31:18+00:00. 15.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: