The Other Side of the Medal

Does the medal make the man?

President Ma Ying-Jeou shows us another side.  Thursday, February 5th, he made a statement on Taiwan’s military arm’s forces and describes China as a “very peculiar and complicated factor,” that it poses as threats and opportunities of war.  To minimize the threat and maximize the opportunity requires necessary skill and art, Ma said.

“Taiwan has no choice but to do so because it is the only way to pursue Taiwan’s best interest,” he said. “The armed forces must not let their guard down.  We are not afraid of a war, but we aren’t looking for one.  We hope to prevent war, but we do not hesitate to fight [if attacked].”

This, from a man who pushed so much for relations with China and heavily promotes Cross Strait relations.  One must wonder, would this signify, a change of heart?

The President held a medal decoration and promotion ceremony for high-ranking military officials at the Presidential Office, spoke of the importance in military strength.  The purpose of national security, is peace, not war.  You could even call it a defense military.  The defense policy is to consolidate national security, the cross-strait policy’s goal is safety in the Taiwan Strait, and advance regional peace according to Ma.

Ma desires the government to take a “Taiwan-centric approach” and act in the best interest of the public.  Sounds more like someone is repeating what the public has been telling him all along.  However, he continues in saying that he hoped both sides of the strait would put aside their differences to create a win-win situation.

In recalling his promise ( from the presidential campaign in March 2008 ) replace the conscription system with a professional military, which he insists would promote structural efficiency and cultivate quality soldiers.

The Who:

The medal features the national emblem, a white sun in a blue sky, and streaks of gold on the border.  This order was instituted in 1929 and has no ranks.

The medal features the national emblem, a white sun in a blue sky, and streaks of gold on the border. This order was instituted in 1929 and has no ranks.

The President decorates military strategy adviser and former chief of the general staff, Hou Shou-Yeh (霍守業), the medal: Order of the Blue Sky and White Sun with Grand Cordon.  Taiwan media is suspicious on Hou’s qualifications for the honour, however, Presidentail Office Spokesman Wang Yu-Chi (王郁琦), defeds.  Wang applauds Hou as deserving the award for his his outstanding contribution to the nation.

Wang continues to say that the honoured had been recommended by the Ministry of Defense.  Since the introduction of the medal in 1929, it has been honoured over 200 men, including dictator Chiang Kai-Shek (蔣介石), president Chiang Ching-Kuo (蔣經國) and late General Ho Ying-Chin (何應欽).

At a separate event, later that day, the President comments on Taiwan’s recent diplomatic achievements, that it reflects the government’s policy of modus vivendi was the way to end the nation’s diplomatic woes.

“Over the past eight months, my administration has on many occasions made the impossible possible, especially in regards to cross-strait relations, national defense and foreign relations,” Ma said, citing the US’ approval in October 2008 on the (USD) $6.4 billion arms sale and a visit in November by Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait Chairman Chen Yun-Lin (陳雲林).

The Awarded Military:

ROCN ship patrolling the territorial waters of Taiwan.

ROCN ship patrolling the territorial waters of Taiwan.

For Taiwan military statistics, please refer through this site

The international community nods their heads, the Taiwanese militaryhas modernized and strengthened.  There is recognition in this.  There are airforces, station-buildings, our own military equipment, navy and arms.

The Taiwanese military task force is one that existed after 1949 (when Chiang Kai-Shek resigned as dictator from presidency), and includes military activity in Taiwan by external powers.

Why the military (yes, including the police force) is KMT: the Communists won the Chinese Civil War, bringing over 600,000 Nationalist Chinese military (and 2 million civilians) to Taiwan, which brought upon the massacre.

One must visit this site for a grasp on the police brutality (in Taiwan), if one is a skeptic, or not aware

~ by Lan on 2008 Sat+00:002009-02-07T16:32:12+00:00. 15.

One Response to “The Other Side of the Medal”

  1. That was shameful what the Police did, their actions were disgraceful late last year.

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