The third member of the bidding group, the Formosa Plastics and Nan Ya Plastics group of companies, has also invested heavily in China, where it has been doing business for 22 years. The group’s deployment in China spans eight provinces and includes 31 companies such as Nan Ya, Huafeng, Bicheng and Huaya. No wonder Formosa Plastics Group chairman William Wong (王文淵) boasted that China would probably be happy if his group bought a stake in Next Media.
Rather than asking how many media outlets and journalists read and heard by people in Taiwan every day have been bought out by “red” capital, it would be better to ask how many media companies, reporters and commentators have not been bought off.
Considering the situation in which Taiwan now finds itself, of course it would not be right for the opposition parties to just express their attitude while doing nothing about it. As the main opposition party, the DPP should act as a guardian and do whatever it can to manage and minimize the risks to Taiwan’s democracy. The DPP’s soon-to-be-established China Affairs Committee must perform this kind of strategic function.
Opposing and criticizing China are expressions of the DPP’s standpoint, but the party needs to go beyond that by getting to know China, precisely in order to keep our giant neighbor at bay. Only if it does that will the DPP be able to go on safeguarding Taiwan’s survival and upholding its democracy.
Hung Chi-kune is a member of the Democratic Progressive Party’s Central Executive Committee.
Translated by Julian Clegg