Taiwan abolishes Unification Bureau and Platform. Taiwanese dare to say no to China. How about Hong Kongers?

Wang Anran

Wang Anran (Translated by Hong Konger Front)

March 3, 2006

Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian dares to say no to China. How about Hong Kongers?

We Hong Kongers, the democrats in particular, even dare not say we feel pity for Taiwanese Independence Movement, though we ask for a referendum. Why are we scared to comment on the referenda held and to be held by Taiwanese. Facing Ma Ying-jeou who is becoming more popular with his electorate, Chen Shui-bian asked Ma thrice, "considering democracy, is it wrong to return to a 23 million strong Taiwanese population the right to self-determination?"

Perplexed, I think that the above remark is also directed at those Hong Kongers who talk about democracy every day, as they often voice their visions of "unifying" China. They always pay lip service to the Chinese ruler and indulge in giving trite opinions on the unification dream. Should they respect the 23 million strong Taiwanese population? Should priority be given to the free will of the Taiwanese population, when developing the cross-Strait relation? Every day you ask China to respect Hong Kongers' free will, but have you ever respected, tried to understand, and lent support to Taiwanese people's free will?

Don't tell me that more than half of the Taiwanese population are reluctant to support Chen Shui-bian's line, which is true, because of their fear of the Beijing regime rather than their volition. Their response is passive, because they are scared as much as those who are afraid of gangsters, but not because gangsters were to bring justice. Hong Kong democrats are afraid of gangs, but Hong Kong democrats still enjoy freedom of speech and therefore should not talk in favor of gangs.

In this regard, I admire Emily Lau as usual. She is the only democrat who dares to openly show her respect for the Taiwanese people's choices. In so doing, she incurred criticism from the local political circle, while her democratic allies remained silent but secretly called her a fool. This may be true, but only in the eyes of politicians instead of principled persons.

Guts to die to win

As for political figures, I like Ma Ying-jeou too. Ma is very likely to become next president of Taiwan. Chen Shui-bian and the Democratic Progressive Party are becoming less popular, thus Taiwan really cannot claim independent later. By contrast, Hong Kong's incumbent politicians work to draw attention of the media rather than work in the interests of the people.

Chen Shui-bian cannot run a campaign any more. So, what can he do? Maybe he can behave like the aging Hong Kong democratic actors íV doing nothing meaningful, and become democratic leaders and celebrities, for example, Martin Lee. Or, he can opt for closer ties with the dictator, and become a hero who fights for democracy indirectly, for example, Lau Chin-shek

Chen Shui-bian is a great statesman, as he has got ready to risk everything in order to achieve his ambitions. Chen has guts to die to win. If he makes it, he will become the Father of Taiwan; if he loses to China, he will be condemned by history. You may consider Chen adventurous, but I admire Chen, because he dares to oppose a strong enemy in order to keep his promises. A referendum is a social contract to be performed by every national of the 23 million strong Taiwanese country. Those Hong Kongers who are critical of any referendum held in Taiwan are just jealous of Taiwan's democracy. In case those jealous Hong Kongers become belligerent too, they are shameless indeed.

Hence, Hong Kongers can feel sad for being unable to say no to a dictator more than Taiwanese can. If Hong Kong is allowed to have democracy, selections will be limited to Donald Tsang, Anson Chan, Martin Lee and any power-minded barristers íV people of narrow horizons. Are any candidates like Chen Shui-bian and Ma Ying-jeou available to elect to run Hong Kong?

Now, not only does Chen Shui-bian neglect the will of the electorate, but he ignores the advices given by Washington, at least in a prima facie manner. However, collusion between Chen and Washington is not ruled out. It is possible that, before his term of presidency (which occur concurrently with Chen's) ends, Bush wants to probe and measure the extent of China's tolerance of a separatist Taiwan, and how determined China is to wage a war against Taiwan. The answer, given by Washington and the Democratic Progress Party, to such a hypothetical question is a negative.

Wars are Foolish Acts

Last March China's legislature passed the Anti-secession Law. Over the past year, China performed enough propaganda required to threaten the Taiwanese people by means of the Anti-secession Law, and the only task undone is for China to wage the war she promises Taiwan. In the face of the belligerent Beijing regime, every Chinese national has to ask oneself, "should I support China's waging a war against Taiwan?"

The answer has long been on my mind, and I write it down herein as a proof. Even if Taiwan proclaims independence, China should not wage a war against Taiwan, and I shall go to whatever anti-war rallies are held. Warfare is the most foolish act committed by human beings.

If Chinese leaders are clever, they should stop bullying Taiwan and threatening to wage a war against Taiwan. The cross-Strait political crisis is actually caused by China and thus it can only be dissolved by China.

No conscientious Chinese national should acquiesce in the authoritarian Beijing regime's plan to annex a democratic Taiwan.