Taiwan is a popular destination for travelers from Hong Kong, whose enthusiasm is epitomized by the title of the travel program Fun Taiwan. However, Taiwan’s “Greater China stickies” are a much bigger problem than in Hong Kong. Ma is more concerned about the Chinese than the Hong Kong government is. This can be seen in the policies his government adopts the release of Chinese crime suspects.
The Ma administration’s negotiations with China lean strongly in favor of the other side and has no concept of avoiding conflicts of interest. Chinese culture’s deep influence on Taiwan gets in the way of a Taiwanese sense of right and wrong and weakens their will to resist. That Taiwan is being swallowed up by China so quickly is the main reason China is moving faster to scrap the “one China, two systems” framework in its rule over Hong Kong.
Paul Lin is a political commentator.
Translated by Julian Clegg