Thursday, June 07, 2007
China's Rise is a Fact. How will Taiwan Cope?
Caption: China's rise is a fact. How will Taiwan cope?
On June 7, 2007 a local Taiwan television talk show asked its guests a question: "China's rise is a fact. How will Taiwan cope?"
The fact that it would ask such a patently absurd question shows that much of the intelligentsia on Taiwan is pretty far gone. Bear in mind I'm not talking only about Deep Green Taiwan independence fundamentalists such as Trong Chai. I'm not even talking about Pale Green "liberal democrats" such as Hu Chung-hsing. I'm talking about any number of Pale Blue talking heads. Out of pity I will not identify them by name.
Let me put it this way. Say you live in San Francisco, and an American television talk show asks the question: "Silicon Valley's rise is a fact. How will San Francisco cope?"
Wouldn't you do you a double take? Wouldn't you respond, "What kind of idiotic question is that? Why is Silicon Valley's rise a problem that San Francisco must cope with? Silicon Valley is an integral part of California. Silicon Valley's rise is a benefit to all of California, including the entire Bay Area, including San Francisco. What the hell are you talking about?"
Of course you would.
By the same token, any right thinking citizen of the ROC living in the Taiwan region of China would respond, "What kind of idiotic question is that? Why is the rise of the mainland region of China a problem that Taiwan must cope with? The rise of the mainland is a benefit to all of China, including the Taiwan region of China. What the hell are you talking about?"
Taiwan is part of China. That does not mean it is ruled by the current government in Beijing. Being ruled by the government in Beijing is not synonymous with being part of China. Like Germany before German reunification, China has two governments. One government of China is located in Beijing. The other government of China is located in Taipei. The Taiwan region of China is ruled by the government of China located in Taipei.
The rise of China is not a problem that Taiwan must "cope with." It is a positive development that Chinese people living in the Taiwan region of China will benefit from and ought to celebrate. The question the organizers of the show should have asked is "[Mainland] China's rise is a fact. How will Taiwan benefit and celebrate?" The fact that it didn't, reveals how lost the intelligentsia on Taiwan is, even many Pan Blues.
The fact that even a Pale Blue oriented television network such as TVBS would ask: "China's rise is a fact. How will Taiwan cope?" shows that much of the intelligentsia on Taiwan has already been successfully indoctrinated with Taiwan independence Political Correctness.
Joyce C. Huang is a renowned native Taiwanese author and political commentator. She is the "Sophie Scholl of Taiwan." As Huang and I have pointed out in our writings, Taiwan today is in many respects like Germany in the 1930s.
Just as even "Good Germans" bought into Nazi propaganda in the 1930s, so even "Good Taiwanese" have bought into Pan Green Hoklo fascist propaganda over the past decade. And just as Germany eventually needed a "de-Nazification" program to restore it to normality, so one day Taiwan will need a "de-Nativization" program to restore it to normality.