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Looking for China’s democrats

By Wang Dan 王丹

For China’s society, learning from Taiwan’s democratization process is an urgent task. For Taiwan, if China can embark on the road to democracy, it will have a direct influence on national security in years to come.

The language of democracy is the biggest thing that the two sides have in common. The DPP is only just starting to positively tackle the China question. At this initial stage, getting a firm grip on the central issue of democracy will be the most effective way of bringing the two countries closer together. If democratization does not happen, it will not be possible to talk about any other questions, including the question of sovereignty.

Although these four suggestions were presented at a DPP forum, they are also addressed to Taiwanese in general, including the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).

There needs to be a discussion on the merits of the different ideas for dealing with China by all Taiwanese.

Wang Dan is a visiting associate professor at National Tsing Hua University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Translated by Julian Clegg

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