The biggest issue China-based Taiwanese businesspeople have is their personal safety, with the added insecurity that their government cannot back them up legally, especially as thousands of Taiwanese have been incarcerated [in China] without trial.
If the government cannot keep its people safe, cannot have its representatives reassure people and defend them using the law, it should not set up offices in China, because they would be essentially useless.
Boiling it down, the essential problem with the policy [on representative offices] is that it is driven by Ma’s selfishness. He is willing to sacrifice the rights of Taiwanese just to ensure his accomplishments. Worse, he feels he is entitled to the results of such sacrifices.
LT: Even if both sides eventually reach a consensus on visitation rights, how should we deal with concerns the Chinese office could gain as much influence as the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region?
Liu: [Generally speaking,] it is a positive step to establish embassies or consulates in each other’s sovereign territory, even if the governments involved are nations at war.
The problem, in this case, lies in the fact that the [Ma] government does not have the ability to govern its office.
There are going to be many after-effects if governments on both sides of the Strait set up offices in each other’s territory, and if the [Taiwanese government] takes one wrong step, it is very possible for the Chinese office in Taiwan to gain as much influence as the Liaison Office in Hong Kong.
LT: What can people do facing problems brought on by a president who seeks to collect personal accomplishments?
Liu: If Ma is trying to claim his personal glorified place in history, it is already too late, because many people have already helped define his reputation — which can be summed up with these words: “Incompetence, self-centered, dictatorial and tyrannical.”
Ma imposes his will as being the “will of the people” — that is dictatorial. He does not care for the suffering and hardships of the people and does not care for the life and death of the people: That is the mark of a tyrant.
If it were only the opposition parties who are denouncing him, then that is par for the course. The problem is that people who are condemning Ma are not just the opposition parties. I grew up by nursing on the milk of the Chinese Nationalist Party [KMT]. I have the “royal bloodline” of the KMT and I am the standard-bearer of the KMT’s “true blue flag” (正藍旗).
Ma can only be considered to have joined the KMT’s power structure halfway through and is counted only as a “decorated banner” for the KMT’s true blue flag. If Ma wants to put labels on me, he would have a hard time making them stick.
I have the legitimate right to voice my criticism as I’ve observed four presidents from close up. The person I dislike the most was [former president] Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁). However, the most incompetent is Ma. In many aspects, Ma’s abilities are far below Chen’s.
Since all the problems our nation faces today stem from Ma, there are only two ways to go about things.