Yesterday marked the 87th anniversary of the May Fourth Movement, an event commemorated by both the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT). That the CCP does so is understandable, because it sees it as a CCP-led revolutionary movement that helped spread Marxism in China.
The KMT and its supporters of course had other motives for commemorating the anniversary: They wanted to let China know that they accept the "one China"-based "united front" strategy toward Taiwan. And the manner of their celebrations was ridiculous: At KMT headquarters, they displayed a letter written by Mao Zedong (毛澤東) while he was a member of the KMT, and even bragged that he had been an "alternate executive member" of the KMT's central leadership.
The director of the KMT's history archives praised Mao, saying that at the time, "he was a young man with novel thinking." And KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) almost gave Mao a compliment when he said that, "Mao Zedong was a historical person, so we should look at him through the lens of history."
A disgraced dictator who used to be a KMT member -- how can that be the pride of Ma and his supporters? If Hitler had been a KMT member, would they have boasted about that, too? Even if Ma and his supporters could pretend to know nothing about the sufferings of the Chinese people under the CCP's rule, they cannot avoid the fact that thousands of KMT members were slaughtered by the CCP, and that families of the KMT members who remained behind in China were treated as second-rate citizens and persecuted under Mao's rule.
That Ma and the KMT take pride in having had a relationship of sorts with Mao shows how low they have sunk. Not long ago, Ma also praised another Chinese dictator when he said that the KMT would produce "its own" Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤). Some have said that "Chairman Ma" was joking, but the laugh is on Ma, as his views of Mao show a vulgarity that is turning him into a laughing stock.
During the recent meeting between Ma and President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), Ma also surprised us all by talking widely about the non-existent "1992 consensus" and saying with inflated self-importance that if the problem lay with the CCP, then the KMT would find ways to resolve it.
The KMT was defeated by the CCP and forced to flee to Taiwan, so if anyone has anything to boast about, it certainly isn't the KMT. How can Ma have the gall to say that the KMT understands and can handle the CCP? That is a sign of political illiteracy.
Cleverly, Chen replied by saying that if former KMT chairman Lien Chan (連戰) would ask Hu to state in public that his interpretation of "one China" meant "one China, with each side having its own interpretation," then Chen would also respect it. Quietly and without conviction, Ma replied that he would ask Lien to bring Chen's request to Hu.
The world has now seen that Lien did not take Chen's message to Beijing for his meeting with Hu, and that Ma never dared ask Lien to do so.
From praising Hu and commemorating Mao to saying that the KMT can handle the CCP, Ma's actions only serve to inform the public that, come 2008 and the next presidential election, they should vote to have Ma sent to a kindergarten in China so he can gain some measure of understanding of the Communist world and put an end to his political naivete.