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INTERVIEW: China’s Five-Year Plan veering toward unification

By Tzou Jiing-wen  /  Liberty Times Staff Reporter

The third direction is to build a framework for peaceful development, which is the reason behind the calls for a peace agreement. These three directions are then joined together in a push for unification of the “motherland.”

TT: President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration keeps talking about peaceful development in its China policies, while the [ideas in China’s] 12th Five-Year Plan has become the new prevailing idea. What are your views on this?

Chang: No one will reject talk about peaceful development, but from a strategic perspective, the main thing is the ultimate goal. It is very clear that while the framework for peaceful development in the 12th Five-Year Plan talks about peace, it is in practice aimed at promoting unification. Some people currently have too high an expectation of a peace agreement, but everyone who has studied game theory understands that the signing of a peace agreement and a promise to turn arms into plow shares will be the first step toward war or surrender.

As far as Taiwan is concerned, the plan will not only bring opportunity, it will also bring threats.

Our problem is that without any thorough analysis of the plan’s strategic directions and without clearly understanding our own industrial strategies or goals, we are creating blind hope and have simply become tools of stock market manipulation. This is the real problem created by the 12th Five-Year Plan becoming the prevailing idea.

TT: Based on your deep knowledge of strategic principles and of the Five-Year Plan, how do you view the Ma administration’s “Golden Decade project (黃金十年計畫),” which it said would soon be revealed?

Chang: China’s Five-Year Plan has basically been developed based on strategic thinking, through 11 stages and studies of more than 160 different topics over about one year and 10 months. Japan’s strategic plan, called “A new growth strategy — a return to Japanese vitality,” was led by former Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama, and it took more than half a year to create that plan.

Some Chinese Taiwan experts have said that based on their own studies of past Taiwanese plans, be it the Asia-Pacific logistic hub plan (亞太營運中心), the Asia-Pacific -capital-raising plan (亞太籌資中心), the six key emerging industries plan (六大新興產業) or the four major knowledge-based industries (四大智慧型產業) plan, have all been mere slogans. I hope Ma’s “Golden Decade project” is a tight strategic plan and not a temporary slogan thought up by a small group of people.

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