Do Not Let Hatred of the Mainland Provoke Hatred of Taiwan
China Times Editorial (Taipei, Taiwan, ROC)
July 29, 2016
Executive Summary: We would remind President Tsai and the DPP that Chen Shui-bian once tried to maintain peace and stability in cross-Strait relations. But long term green camp incitement of anti-Mainland hatred, eventually led to extremism, confrontation, and self-destruction. The DPP has returned to power. The cross-Strait balance of power has already undergone a reversal. Do not allow opposition to the Mainland, demonization of the Mainland, and hatred of the Mainland, ignite flames of anti-Taiwan hatred among the Mainland public.
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In 2000, Tsai Ing-wen became Chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council under President Chen Shui-bian. Over the 16 years since then, her opposition to the 1992 Consensus has never changed. The DPP's party platform and important resolutions, all presume that "Taiwan and China are independent of each other". None of them has ever accepted the 1992 Consensus. During the 2016 election, the DPP did not merely win. It acquired “absolute power”. Any hope that the Tsai Ing-wen regime, which now enjoys “total government”, will change its long held opposition to the 1992 Consensus, is sheer futility. It is akin to drilling ice in search of fire.
President Tsai may avoid harsh rhetoric when referring to the Mainland. She may maintain a low profile. Nevertheless she obdurately refuses to accept the 1992 Consensus, and persists in her efforts to separate the two sides permanently. This newspaper has long noted that the Tsai regime's cross-Strait stance, is revealed not by what she says, but by what she does. Consider two important indicators. First, whether the DPP will persist in cultural de-Sinicizaton. Second, whether Tsai will relinquish sovereignty over the South China Sea U-shaped line. The first would sever cultural and historical links between the two sides. The second would abandon the South China Sea in order to sever relations with the Mainland. It would make Taiwan part of the United States and Japan anti-Mainland strategic circle.
In fact, President Tsai's May 20 inaugural address already provided Beijing with the answer. First, regarding cultural identity, Tsai is fabricating a "History of Indigenous Peoples" divorced from Chinese history. Second, regarding trade, Tsai yearns to bid farewell to economic dependence on the Mainland. Third, regarding security, she longs for an "alliance of values" with the United States and Japan. Fourth, regarding the South China Sea, she hopes to retain sovereignty over South China Sea islands, but hopes to renounce the U-shaped line. None of the above four points affirms the 1992 Consensus. On top of which, Tsai would split Taiwan off from the Mainland culturally. She wants economic relations with the Mainland diluted. She wants an adversarial relationship in the South China Sea that distinguishes between “China” and “Taiwan”.
President Tsai recently told the Washington Post what she told voters in her May 20 inaugural address. She said cross-Strait relations must meet with the approval of the Taiwan public and democratic principles. She and the DPP claim that their election victory amounts to a public rejection of the 1992 Consensus. President Tsai trotted out her "natural independence" argument, in an attempt to legitimize her separatism.
But such claims are baseless. People did not vote for the DPP because they disagreed with the KMT on cross-Strait policy. They voted for the DPP because they were unhappy with Ma Ying-jeou's handling of public welfare issues. Any dissatisfaction with the KMT's cross-Strait policy, was not over the 1992 Consensus. It was over the fact that the benefits of cross-Strait exchanges were not shared equally by ordinary people. Opinion polls are nearly unanimous in showing support the 1992 Consensus, which has brought Taiwan security, stability, and a diplomatic truce. Most people want a peace agreement and a formal cross-Strait peace mechanism.
A sense of regional identity is indeed universal. A "natural identification with Taiwan" is a foregone conclusion. But a "natural identification with Taiwan" can hardly be equated with a "demand for political independence". It certainly does not mean Taiwan must sever its connections with the Mainland. Green camp spin doctors persist in conflating "natural identification with Taiwan" with a "demand for political independence". They persist in inciting hatred against the Mainland, in demonizing the Mainland, and in opposing the Mainland, in order to fabricate a “demand for political independence".
The DPP regime is deliberately spinning the KMT's election defeat as a rejection of the 1992 Consensus. It is deliberately misrepresenting a "natural identification with Taiwan" as a "demand for political independence". It is deliberately turning it into a pretext for political separatism, and for joining a US-Japanes alliance against the Mainland. Such an approach is doomed, and can only bring disaster to Taiwan. The Tsai Ing-wen regime has painted itself into a corner. Tsai's willingness to be the United States' lackey elicited no sympathy from the United States. Even her willingness to forsake the U-shaped line, elicited no sympathy from the United States. The United States, based on its own strategic interests, was determined to classify Taiping Island as a reef. A single leaf announces the arrival of autumn. Over the next four years, the DPP regime is destined to become the United States and Japan's pawn in East Asia, at the expense of Taiwan's own security. Is this the DPP's so-called "love of Taiwan"?
The KMT and the people of Taiwan support peaceful cross-Strait and people to people relations. They want Taiwan to remain culturally Chinese. Cultural Chineseness is not limited to cultural identity. It also places Taiwan and the Mainland on an equal footing. It enables Taiwan to continue to benefit from its shared identity with the world's second largest economy. It tells people that hostile cross-Strait relations work against Taiwan's security. In the South China Sea, the two sides should work together to defend their shared economic interests. Only this can persuade Beijing not to give up on cross-Strait peace.
We would remind President Tsai and the DPP that Chen Shui-bian once tried to maintain peace and stability in cross-Strait relations. But long term green camp incitement of anti-Mainland hatred, eventually led to extremism, confrontation, and self-destruction. The DPP has returned to power. The cross-Strait balance of power has already undergone a reversal. Do not allow opposition to the Mainland, demonization of the Mainland, and hatred of the Mainland, ignite flames of anti-Taiwan hatred among the Mainland public.