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Courting independence advocates

By Tzou Jiing-wen 鄒景雯

Anyone doing this would do well to play and then replay recordings of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (林鄭月娥), caught between a rock and a hard place, on the one hand trying to appease her masters in Beijing while on the other trying to consider the interests of the Hong Kongers under her charge. Lam is bereft of any autonomy, not even able to decide for herself whether or not she can resign.

With those scenes playing out in your head, why would you consider continuing to wag your tail to please the same master?

This is especially difficult to understand when Hong Kongers, who have never actually experienced living in a democracy, have taken to the streets to resist a leader they perceive as being so under Beijing’s thumb.

It is surely inconceivable that Taiwanese, who are so used to democracy and the freedom of criticizing their elected president, would vote for the representative of the national leader of a foreign nation.

It is a pretty glaring mistake, and one that other presidential hopefuls would best bear in mind.

Tzou Jiing-wen is the editor-in-chief of the Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper).

Translated by Paul Cooper

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