Sat, Nov 25, 2000 - Page 8 News List


Politicians a threat

A short while ago there was a buzz in the international community when the world realized that Taiwan, having produced one of the economic miracles of Asia, then proceeded to evolve into a democracy. Chinese diplomats and officials seemed ill at ease on the subject, as it drew further into question China's claims of sovereignty over Taiwan. Yet the cynical, and one would even say "callous" behavior of three political parties in Taiwan (who seem to want to put themselves first and the interests of their fellow citizens last) threatens that democracy and with it, the justification for the support of foreign powers for Taiwan. There also exists the chance that the actions of the three parties' leaders could possibly plummet the island's economic and political systems into chaos and justify the PRC's stepping in to resolve the chaos for the Taiwanese. Does such apparent lack of foresight and thought reflect men who have the qualities of leaders? I sincerely doubt it.

Ted Runcie

Toronto, Canada

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