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President Ma’s real ‘three noes’

By William J.K. Lo 羅榮光

Just as the country was getting ready for Typhoon Nanmadol, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) called a press conference at which he expounded on the so-called “1992 consensus.” He also touched on his “three noes” policy of “no unification, no independence and no use of force.” From the point of view of Taiwanese, Ma’s real “three noes” are “no justice, no use of force and no independence.”

First, there is no justice. In the three years since Ma assumed office, the most distinctive feature of his administration has been injustice in economic, land and judicial affairs. The gap between rich and poor has grown quickly because only business owners and conglomerates have been given the chance to prosper. Farmers are forced to sell their land for exploitation by big business.

More frightening still is that the judicial system has devolved into a party-state judiciary under the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT). While prosecutors have brought charges against Taiwanese--born former presidents Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), with the intention of breaking them down, ruining their reputations and reducing their influence, they do nothing about the wrongdoings of privileged Mainlanders in the diplomatic service.

Notably, while Chen’s son, Chen Chih-chung (陳致中), was promptly stripped of his post as a Kaohsiung City councilor after being convicted of perjury, an appeal court found former KMT legislator Diane Lee (李慶安) not guilty of fraud.

In light of these cases, the political and unjust nature of the judiciary is clear to all.

Next, Ma calls for no use of force. He has proclaimed a diplomatic truce between Taiwan and China, but, more than that, he has implemented a truce in national defense as well. On the one hand he says that he wants to strengthen our national defense by purchasing F-16C/D aircraft from the US, but on the other his administration has only allocated a symbolic NT$2 million (US$69,000) for the item in next year’s defense budget — hardly enough to buy a model plane.

Faced with the relentless growth of China’s military, all Ma can think of is peace across the Taiwan Strait. It reminds one of what happened when, just after World War II, Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) sent troops to Taiwan under the command of Chen Yi (陳儀). Many Taiwanese, happy that peace had arrived, went to Keelung and lined up to welcome the army of the “motherland.” Yet it was only a little over a year later that KMT troops massacred Taiwanese following the 228 Incident.

Now two Chinese parties — the KMT and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) — have joined hands to concoct a scene of “peace” that is lacking in both substance and justice. Do they really expect Taiwanese to fall for it?

Third, Ma’s claim that there will be no negotiations for unification during his presidency is false. Over the past three years, both openly and in secret, he has allowed Taiwan’s political and economic sovereignty to ebb away. He really wants to carry out his late father’s wish of preventing Taiwanese independence and moving step by step toward unification — in other words annexation by China. At his typhoon-day press conference, Ma talked about what he calls the “1992 consensus,” but the real consensus between the KMT and CCP is about the two parties joining hands to lock the sovereign independent nation of Taiwan up in the jail cell of “one China,” never to escape.

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