Wed, Jan 25, 2006 - Page 8 News List

Time for the Taiwanese to wake up

By Huang Tien-lin 黃天麟

Six, the government is like the central nervous system of a person, and the "active opening" anaesthesia has numbed the whole executive framework, making it unable to resist China's "united front."

And so one sees former KMT chairman Lien Chan's (連戰) and People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong's (宋楚瑜) talk of joining hands with the CCP to suppress Taiwanese independence, the pan-blue camp's obstruction and the exaggerations of the pro-China media.

Less than 20 percent of DPP members voted in the recent chairmanship election, a fact that worries its friends and pleases its enemies. This implies that pan-green supporters have already given up hope, and that Taiwan is lying on the chopping block waiting for the executioner to strike.

Fortunately, President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) woke up on Jan. 1 when he warned the people of Taiwan in his New Year's address that they should pull out of China and turn toward the international community, and that "active management" is the only way to avoid a calamity. The agreement to negotiate but not hold a vote on the direct links issue until May, which the KMT and the PFP pushed so hard is about to expire.

If the government remains weak and impotent, the "domestic" routes for two-way direct flights promoted by Ma are certain to be realized.

Chinese President Hu Jintao's (胡錦濤) Taiwan-Minnan economic zone will be rapidly established, and it is certain to be followed by capital outflow, shrinking prosperity, unemployment and bad loans, while the "1992 consensus," "one China on both sides of the Taiwan Straits" and "one country, two systems" will become the reality.

The president is awake, and the government should also wake up. Let us also hope that the people who love Taiwan will wake up to see through the KMT and the CCP's plot to use businesspeople to force the hand of the government, and employ economic means to promote unification.

Huang Tien-lin is a national policy adviser to the president.

Translated by Perry Svensson

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