It was precisely this erroneous mindset that caused Liu to become depressed and eventually lose the will to live.
As Taiwan’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Progressive Party, should also take some responsibility for Liu’s death. It did not opposed the ECFA strongly enough, while its criticism of the service trade agreement has been halfhearted at best, with the party only saying that the pact was achieved through backroom deals and is bad for the economy.
This has allowed the Ma administration to easily gain the advantage when it comes to propagating its policies for
economic integration with China and subsequently distort how the majority of Taiwanese think and see things. This is the most saddening thing of all.
Huang Tien-lin is a former national policy adviser.
Translated by Drew Cameron