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Sub-colonial era still holds sway

By Huang Tien-lin 黃天麟

To bring about a meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平), and to realize Ma’s goal of “eventual unification” — the essential character of colonial rule — the Ma regime, breaching the normal procedures of a constitutional democracy and turning a blind eye to damage done to the shared future of all Taiwanese, forced the devastating service trade agreement through a committee review to the legislative floor, a move that will only serve to weaken and eventually destroy Taiwan.

In response, a group of young Taiwanese rose up to safeguard the nation’s core values and its survival in an act of righteousness that deserves praise and commendation.

After the student-led Sunflower movement managed to block the passage of the service trade agreement through the legislature, the nation’s economy has seen a slow, but steady revival, as shown by the huge influx of foreign investment in the Taiwanese stock market since the movement began.

However, the Ma regime regards these activists’ brave defense of the nation as a criminal act and said they were rioting. Not only did this response create contempt, it also followed almost the exact same reasoning followed by those in power 35 years ago during the Kaohsiung Incident. It shows that Taiwan remains in a sub-colonial era in which the foreign power remains in control and it also proves that although the Ma regime is, nominally, an elected government, it is essentially a foreign power. This is the true nature of the KMT.

Huang Tien-lin is a former national policy adviser.

Translated by Ethan Zhan

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