250 page volume nominally authored by a Chinese president,
presumably representing the national interests of the Republic
of China, was in fact written by a Japanese rightist, in Japanese,
published first in Japan for the edification of Japanese readers.
this Japanese rightist authored and published anti-China tract,
not the first but the third of its kind, Lee vows to "devote
the rest of his life to strengthening relations between the
people of Taiwan and Japan." Not the people of China
and Japan, mind you, but the people of Taiwan and Japan.
I really need to say more?
Independence and the Stockholm Syndrome."
INVESTORS JUST SAY NO TO A-BIAN
the four months following Chen Shui-bian’s narrow victory,
hopes have run high. Maybe, just maybe "A-Bian,"
as he is in the habit of referring to himself, in the third
person, would be more pragmatic, more realistic, more reasonable
than his Kamikaze pilot predecessor Lee Teng-hui.
those hopes have fallen in synch with Taiwan’s stock market.
is a Quisling euphemism for Japanization. "Taiwanization"
is a Trojan horse whose belly conceals the forces of Japanese
to an August 5 Straits Times article "It’s called
‘Taiwanisation," "under President Chen Shui-bian
and the Democratic Progressive Party, the Taiwanisation process
begun during President Lee Teng-hui’s last term, would continue
and even gather pace... Chinese history would be taught as
inauguration day a pleased as punch A-Bian, grinning ear to
ear, went on television and exhorted the ROC public to "Buy
democratic will frustrated by "Mr. Democracy" Lee
Teng-hui’s manipulation of the election, ROC voters, millions
of whom are also investors, promptly held an unofficial runoff
election of their own. This time they voted with their NT
Dollars. They phoned their brokers and yelled "Sell!"
election ballot for Taiwan’s presidential election may have
be free for the asking, but shares of Taiwan Semiconductor
TAIEX has slipped steadily since Chen Shui-bian was elected
on March 18 and inaugurated on May 20. From a 52 week high
of 10,393, Taiwan’s Weighted Index has fallen to a recent
low of 7670.
problem is not Taiwan’s market fundamentals, which are relatively
healthy. The problem is Taiwan’s political climate, which
is anything but.
problem is Taiwan’s arrogant separatist nomenklatura, which
cares more about converting 23 million citizens of the Republic
of China into citizens of a "Republic of Taiwan"
against their will, from the top down, than it does about
protecting their lives and livelihood.
numbers, alarming as they are, do not begin to tell the whole
story behind public lack of confidence in the pro-independence
Chen regime. Lee Teng-hui and now Chen Shui-bian have been
propping up TAIEX share prices for the past several years.
They have been desperately throwing money misappropriated
from government pension funds and Post Office Certificates
of Deposit at the problem, to little avail.
Quisling Nomenklatura is nearing the end of its rope. Over
half the available cash reserves available to defend the TAIEX
have already been frittered away.
confidence remains shaky.
that is necessary for Taiwan’s stock market to drop off a
precipice into uncontrolled freefall is another separatist
induced political crisis. The remaining funds would be utterly
inadequate to stem the panic selling that would ensue. Millions
of ordinary ROC citizens’ hard-earned wealth would be wiped
out in a single trading week.
LU-NATIC PRAISES "EFFICIENT" JAPANESE COLONIAL RULE
astonishingly accurate Rule of Thumb for Lee Teng-hui applies
equally to Annette Lu, Chen Shui-bian’s vice-president, whom
former political prisoner Li AO refers to as "that crazy
woman," "that mad harridan."
Lu recently attended a lovefest hosted by right-wingers in
Japan, where she gushed about how grateful she was that Japan
defeated China during Japan’s 1894 war of aggression against
China and occupied Taiwan for 50 years, because "efficient"
Japanese colonial governance spared Taiwan from "incompetent
Lu considers herself a feminist. Ms. Lu will expound at great
length to anyone who will listen why she deserves to be considered
the "Godmother of Taiwanese Feminism."
Lu did not comment on whether the "comfort women"
of Taiwan, Korea and the Philippines, who were abducted at
bayonet point by the Japanese Imperial Army and subjected
to gang rape by up to 60 Japanese soldiers a day, who were
promptly executed if they refused to comply, shared her nostalgia
for "efficient" Japanese colonial governance.
Lu did not comment on whether the 300,000 unarmed civilian
victims of Japan’s 1937 Rape of Nanking, including women who
were first raped, then disemboweled, then photographed as
"souvenirs," whose infant children who were tossed
into the air and impaled on the tips of Japanese soldiers’
bayonets, shared her warm recollections of Japanese "efficiency."
HATE TO SAY I TOLD YOU SO, BUT...
to a Straits Times report Annette Lu met with Koki Kobayashi,
a member of Japan’s Parliament in Taipei today. She declared
that Japan should create a coalition of Northeast Asian nations
that would include Taiwan and South Korea, but not China.
She "did not say why she did not suggest allowing China
to join the proposed group," but "the Japanese lawmaker
agreed with Ms Lu."
INDEPENDENCE "HARD-LINER" LIN CHUNG-MO HIDES BEHIND
independence zealots, demagogues and buffoons do not rate
the appellation "hard-liners." Normally an epithet,
"hard-liner" flatters them. Despite negative connotations,
"hard-liner" implies positive attributes like firmness,
toughness and resolve. Taiwan independence "hard-liners"
however, are anything but firm, tough and resolute.
legislators recently confronted "hard-line" DPP
legislator Lin Chung-mo on a live "McLaughlin Group"
type talk show on Taiwan television. They demanded to know
what DPP "hard-liners" proposed to do if DDP separatism
provoked a shooting war with the mainland.
reply, without the slightest hesitation or hint of irony,
was "Heng jian dan. Bao ze mei guo de da tueh."
simple. Hide behind America’s skirts."
ze mei guo de DA tueh" is literally "hug America’s
thigh," but "cling to America’s skirts" or
"hide behind America’s skirts" is more idiomatic.
attitude was typical. The only thing atypical was Lin’s candor.
Most Taiwan separatists know better than to flash their "Ace
in the Hole" so casually, so freely.
term for "independence" in Chinese is "du li."
Du means alone. Li means to stand. Du li means "to stand
alone." Taiwan’s separatist elite never tires of asserting
that "Taiwan is a sovereign and independent nation."
it’s just me. But strident Taiwan separatist assertions that
Taiwan is "in-dependent," i.e., "not dependent,"
and "stands alone," are a little hard to reconcile
with the image of the Taipei’s Quisling Nomenklatura as terrified
children in diapers, sucking on their thumbs and clinging
to Uncle Sammy’s thigh for dear life.
cartoonists could have a field day.
second foreign policy elite is comprised of diehard Samurai
Fascists in Tokyo who have never forsaken their megalomaniac
dreams of a Japan-dominated "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity
of the nineteen members of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro
Mori’s Cabinet, and the Governors of Tokyo and Osaka, are
Taiwan independence fellow travelers.
has not escaped the notice of Annette Lu, who urged Chen Shui-bian
"not to pass up this rare opportunity to strengthen ties
with Japan." For Taiwan independence forces to place
far more emphasis on relations with the United States, Lu
warned, was "not necessarily a wise strategy."
BENEVOLENT GLOBAL HEGEMONISTS
third and final leg of this unsavory triad of arrogant elites
consists of our very own, homegrown "Benevolent Global
Hegemonists," whose job is to be the Enforcer, the hired
muscle, the leg-breakers for the Taipei and Tokyo elites.
Lee Teng-hui provokes a crisis in the Taiwan Straits.
William Jefferson Clinton dispatches two carrier battle groups
to the rescue.
World’s Only Remaining Superpower, Madeleine Albright’s "Indispensable
Nation," which "stands tall and sees further into
the future," at the pinnacle of Charles Krauthammer’s
"Unipolar Moment," is in the trenchant words of
former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger, being "played
like a fiddle."
the poor hegemonists.
TAIWAN INDEPENDENCE ELITES’ TRUE AGENDA
is uppermost in the hearts and minds of these foreign policy
elites? What exactly is it that they’re after? What’s their
it, as they never tire of assuring us in the oily tones of
used car salesmen, heartfelt compassion for suffering of the
has an estimated population of 1.329 billion. One point three
billion on the mainland. Another twenty-three million on Taiwan.
Another six million in Hongkong.
a century and a half of humiliating abuse by foreign powers,
the one feeling shared by China’s 1.329 billion people is
relief. Relief that the Chinese people need no longer endure
further abuse by the same foreign policy elites now affecting
such tender concern for their well-being.
anybody believe Taipei’s Quisling Nomenklatura and their Samurai
Fascists fellow travelers in Tokyo actually feel what China’s
1.329 billion people feel?
do they feel something very different?
the emotion they’re feeling instead, anxiety?
that "bad karma" may be coming back to haunt them?
Anxiety that what went around in the 19th century,
may come around in the 21st? Anxiety that China
may be, gasp, a superpower sometime during the 21st
century? Perhaps even, God forbid, THE superpower of the 21st
WELL IS THE BEST REVENGE
China Threat theorists should chill out.
is neither Nazi Germany, nursing grievances about the unjust
Treaty of Versailles, nor fascist Japan, nursing grievances
about the unjust Treaty of Kanagawa.
Republic, Not an Empire: The Conventional Wisdom is Wrong,
does not thirst for revenge. The Chinese, like the Spanish,
know that "living well is the best revenge," and
that "an eye for an eye only makes everyone blind."
China demands of the Tokyo and Washington elites is "Don’t
tread on me!" Surely America, among all the nations of
the world, ought to be able to understand that.
Chinese expression says "those who engage in thievery
assume others are out to rob them."
demonizers, the dedicated, hardworking professional Sinophobes
on the so-called "Blue Team" in particular, would
do well to consider whether the panic they’re experiencing
doesn’t originate in the dark recesses of their own subconscious.
DEMOCRATIC WILL OF THE TAIWAN PEOPLE
who want to know the true "democratic will of the Taiwan
people" need only consult the results of the recent ROC
presidential election of March 18, 2000.
percent of ROC voters who went to the polls voted AGAINST
the candidate and party distinguished by their advocacy of
Taiwan independence, Chen Shui-bian and the DPP.
why did the pro-independence candidate win?
reason Chen won, with a 39% plurality, was the anti-independence
vote was split. Two anti-independence candidates, James Soong
and Lien Chan, received 37% and 23% of the vote respectively.
why was the anti-independence vote split?
anti-independence vote was split because Newsweek’s
"Mr. Democracy," Lee Teng-hui, then Chairman of
the ruling KMT, wanted his own party’s candidates TO LOSE.
of loyal KMT members wanted the immensely popular James Soong,
former Governor of Taiwan Province, to run on a Soong/Lien
or Lien/Soong ticket with then Vice-president Lien Chan. Such
a ticket would have meant a landslide victory for two candidates
opposed to Taiwan independence.
was intolerable to Lee Teng-hui, who openly declared that
he considered himself the Moses of Taiwan independence, and
the DPP’s Chen Shui-bian his successor Joshua.
ensure that his own party’s candidates LOST, KMT Chairman
Lee deliberately blocked efforts to set up a Soong/Lien or
Lien/Soong ticket, eventually forcing James Soong out of the
Soong subsequently ran as an independent, he did so in the
belief he could win, even with Lien splitting off part of
his support. As the results show, he wasn’t far from wrong.
He got 37% to Chen’s 39% and Lien’s 23%. He lost by a slim
why did a candidate with less than an absolute majority win?
Doesn’t the ROC have run-offs for presidential elections?
the hell not?
ANTIDEMOCRATIC UNPROGRESSIVE DPP
ROC doesn’t have run-offs for presidential elections because
four years ago "Mr. Democracy" Lee Teng-hui and
"Taiwan’s Son" Chen Shui-bian successfully blocked
a New Party proposal to amend the ROC’s election laws.
Quisling Nomenklatura is painfully aware of how few voters
support Taiwan independence. Dyed in the wool Taiwan separatists
have never amounted to more than 15% of the island’s population.
run-off election this March would have put the reformist,
pro-reunification "mainlander" James Soong, not
A-Bian, in the president’s office.
absolute majority requirement would make it impossible for
a pro-independence candidate to become president and impose
a pro-independence agenda on the ROC electorate.
INDEPENDENCE IS "BOX OFFICE POISON"
the ordinary man in the street actually yearned for Taiwan
independence, why didn’t he vote for Chen Shui-bian of the
was his chance to do so.
anybody stopping him?
to the point, if the ordinary man in the street actually demanded
Taiwan independence, why didn’t Chen Shui-bian ringingly affirm
his previously expressed dream of declaring independence the
moment he got into office, as part of his campaign platform?
instead did Chen promise that if elected, he absolutely, positively
would NOT make the slightest move toward independence during
his four year term?
it have been because during the runup to election day even
DPP legislators and party officials were muttering under their
breath how "Taidu shi piao fang du yao," or "Taiwan
independence is box office poison?"
Quisling Nomenklatura knew this was their moment of truth.
Obstinately cleave to "Taiwan independence forever!"
and remain an opposition party, forever. Or uphold, or pretend
to uphold Chinese reunification, and become the ruling party,
all know what Chen chose.
CHINA’S TRAGIC DETOUR
watershed moments in history, tiny but determined elites can
and have decided the fates of millions, for good or for ill.
Mao’s Communists defeated Chiang’s Nationalists in 1949, less
than 5% of China’s population were members of the Chinese
Communist Party. Most of China consisted of illiterate, apolitical
peasants whose ideology began and ended with not wanting to
starve to death.
life and death struggle between communism and capitalism in
1949 China was a life and death struggle between two educated
victory forced the Chinese mainland to take a tragic, three
decade long detour down a socialist blind alley.
Deng Xiaoping, the man whom Mao denounced as the "Number
Two Capitalist Roader," saw the error of Mao’s dirigiste
ways. Deng’s successor Jiang Zemin is dismantling China’s
money-losing state owned enterprises as fast as humanly possible,
and bringing mainland China back onto the path of free market
bashers, predictably, dismiss mainland China’s reforms as
"too slow." Too
slow? Compared to what?
nation in history has reformed its economic system and improved
the lives of as many of her people as swiftly as China has
during the last two decades.
mainland China still has a long way to go, but let’s not pretend
we don’t appreciate how astonishingly far she’s already come.
Not only economically, but socially.
is arguably more tolerant toward private social conduct that
doesn’t threaten China’s political stability, such as homosexuality,
than authoritarian neoconservatives Gary Bauer or Jesse Helms.
doesn’t want to reunify with mainland China because it doesn’t
want to live under totalitarian communism" just doesn’t
cut it as an excuse any more.
SUCCESSFUL HONGKONG MODEL
the epidemic of doomsday scenarios conjured up by professional
China bashers within our liberal media and neocon think tanks?
tanks rolling into Hongkong. Hongkong Democrats rounded up
and jailed a la Tienanmen Square, Czechoslovakia’s Prague
Spring or the Hungarian Uprising.
has been unmolested now for three straight years.
former British appointed Hongkong Governor Chris Patten, whom
no one can accuse of being an apologist for Beijing, has freely
acknowledged that Beijing has kept its word regarding Hongkong.
Democrats were wrong in 1997 about Hongkong, and the DPP is
wrong in 2000 about Taiwan.
IS THE PRESIDENT OF THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA NOT AN
inauguration Chen Shui-bian and Annette Lu have defied a broad-based,
grass roots public outcry demanding that they state unequivocally
"I am Chinese."
have refused to comply. They have bobbed and weaved. They
have played lawerly word games.
Lu’s mealy-mouthed response was a real gem, "If being
Chinese means being a citizen of the People’s Republic of
China, then I am not Chinese."
me Annette, but that wasn’t the question. The question was
"Are you Chinese?"
can the Vice-president of the Republic of China not be Chinese?
can the Vice-president of these United States of America not
are patriotic Americans to make of an American politician
who after being elected to the office of Vice-president of
these United States of America, evades demands that he ringingly
affirm "I am an American?"
are patriotic Chinese to make of a Chinese politician who
after being elected to the office of Vice-president of the
Republic of China, evades demands that she ringingly affirm
"I am Chinese?"
Chen Shui-bian and Annette Lu want to be "Taiwanese"
and "Citizens of Taiwan" so badly, they should have
declared their candidacy for President and Vice-president
of the "Republic of Taiwan."
should not have run, under false pretenses, for President
and Vice-president of the Republic of China.
of the eligibility requirements for President and Vice-president
of the Republic of China is that the candidates be Chinese.
can I say? The Chinese Constitution is funny that way.
REPUBLIC OF CHINA IS NOT TAIWAN
Republic of China is not "Taiwan." Taiwan is a Chinese
province. Taiwan is merely one of thirty odd Chinese provinces.
Republic of China on the other hand, is a nation. A nation
whose territory includes not only Taiwan, but the Chinese
mainland as well.
is no nation on God’s green earth named Taiwan. There is only
the Republic of China.
Four of the Constitution of the Republic of China spells out
Taiwan’s legal status, clearly and unambigously. Both the
Chinese mainland and all offshore Chinese islands, including
Hainan Island and Taiwan, are inseparable parts of a single,
unified, indivisible China.
though the mainland portion of China is currently under the
control of the Chinese Communist Party, a rival Chinese political
party, it is nevertheless an integral part of China.
though the mainland portion of China is referred to as the
People’s Republic of China, it is not a foreign country.
the regions controlled by the CCP and the regions controlled
by the KMT (and now DPP) are autonomous regions of a single,
unified, indivisible China.
the Taiwan separatist elite can accept this premise, then
there is no problem.
the Taiwan separatist elite can accept this premise, then
there will be no Straits conflict.
the Taiwan separatist elite can accept this premise, then
everything else can be discussed, calmly, peacefully, between
on the other hand, Taipei’s Quisling Nomenklatura remains
obdurate, and persists in its efforts to turn China’s Taiwan
province back into a Japanese colony, de facto or otherwise,
then all bets are off.
Chinese on both the mainland and on Taiwan, including within
the ROC armed forces, will not sit idly by for fifty years,
but will reunify China by force, NOW.
instead of One Country, Two Systems, Taipei’s Quisling Nomenklatura
will find themselves living under One Country, One System.
will no longer need to concern themselves about a shrinking
New Taiwan Dollar, because they will be using Renmingbi.
can be rigid and inflexible in some areas, but if the Taiwan
separatist elite will acknowledge the truth of One China,
in earnest and not merely as a cover for ongoing covert separatism,
then the Taiwan region of China will be left alone for a half
century, while the mainland liberalizes politically and catches
the end of this half century, both sides can then reunify
peacefully, in the manner of east and west Germany, and in
the near future, north and south Korea.
ball is in Chen Shui-bian’s court. Is Chen going to obediently
live out the role of Joshua assigned him by Lee Teng-hui?
Or is he going to surprise us all and transform himself into
a statesman on the order of Korea’s Kim Daejung? Only time
QUISLING NOMENKLATURA DOESN’T WANT TO BE CHINESE. IT WANTS
TO BE JAPANESE
offer of "One Country, Two Systems, Fifty Years, No Change,"
is eminently reasonable and surprisingly accommodating. Yet
Taipei’s Quisling Nomenklatura has repeatedly rejected it
out of hand, based on utterly subjective, non-rational considerations.
Quisling Nomenklatura’s real sticking point, as they have
conceded in their more candid moments is, "We don’t want
to be Chinese."
Quisling nomenklatura prefers instead to be Japanese, or ersatz
as I noted in "Taiwan
Independence and the Stockholm Syndrome"
naturally, is not the objection Taipei’s Quisling Nomenklatura
will cop to when western observers wonder why they continue
to drag their feet, when German reunification has already
made history, and Korean reunification is about to.
know that their real motivation, however much it may ingratiate
them with Japanese rightists, is extremely unlikely to elicit
the slightest sympathy from Americans, certainly not veterans
of WWII’s Pacific Theater. Certainly not survivors of the
Bataan Death March. Certainly not survivors of the Japanese
Imperial Army Unit 731’s ghastly "medical" experiments.
Taipei’s Quisling Nomenklatura will recite the comforting
catechism they know western sympathizers want to hear. Freedom,
democracy, human rights, undying enmity to godless communism.
REPUBLIC OF CHINA AND THE CALIFORNIA REPUBLIC
individual American states have a right to secede from the
Union is for Americans to decide. It is none of China’s business,
and China to her credit has never presumed to make America’s
internal politics her business. China’s Manchu court after
all, did not to take sides in our American Civil War back
would sanctimonious liberal and neocon interventionists Sam
Gejdenson and Dana Rohrabacher return the favor, and butt
is not America. The Republic of China, or for that matter
the People’s Republic of China, is not "These United
States of America."
is not a federation of sovereign states like "These United
States of America," or even "The United States of
China is more akin to ONE of America’s fifty sovereign states.
The Republic of China in this sense is more akin to The Sovereign
State of Virginia or The California Republic.
as an individual county belonging to one of America’s sovereign
states is an administrative region of that state, and does
not have a constitutional right to secede from that state,
so China’s provinces are administrative regions of a sovereign
China, and do not have a constitutional right to secede from
the ROC and PRC versions of China’s Constitution agree. The
Province of Taiwan is indivisible part of China. Taiwan does
not have any constitutional right to secede from China.
IS THE REASON
Constitution of the Republic of China is a One China Constitution.
There is no Two Chinas Constitution. There is no One China,
One Taiwan Constitution.
officials of the Republic of China who honor the"One
China Principle" are patriots fulfilling their solemn
duty to uphold the laws of the nation in which they hold office.
officials of the Republic of China who violate the "One
China Principle" by promoting Taiwan independence once
they have gotten into office, are cowards guilty of high treason.
patriotic, pro-reunification Chinese on Taiwan demand of their
elected officials is that they uphold and defend the Constitution
of the Repulic of China.
that really so much to ask?