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Taiwan: The Big Red Herring June 19, 2007

Posted by Ned Stark in Uncategorized.
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First and foremost, this has nothing to do with the insult hurled at Singapore by a Taiwanese minister in the distant past. This is also not one of the MSM’s usual attempts to deride Taiwan.

That said and done, Taiwan has always been the whipping boy everytime democracy is mentioned. Everytime someone asks the question, “Why can’t we be more open and more democratoc?”, they will say, “We are unique! We cannot be like the West! DO YOU WANT TO BE LIKE TAIWAN?”

There is no doubt that they are referring to Taiwanese politics, whereby their politicians superglue the doors to parliament house and engage in all sorts of stunts. Of course there is no doubt that Taiwan is rather chaotic and no doubt that their politicians are clowns. (Though their populace seems to be rather considerate and courteous). However what the MSM editors failed to do is discuss the root cause of all this happenings in Taiwan. And the root cause is not democracy, but history.

The are currently two main factions in Taiwan, the KMT and the Pro independance people. These two groups have fundamantal differences in their views with regards to Taiwan’s sovereignity. And its all because of history.

The island of Taiwan was ceded by Qing China to Japan during the Treaty of Shimonoseki, after Qing China got her butt kicked by Japan during the First Sino Japanese War (1894-1895). The Japanese, hoping to show the skeptical West that they could govern a colony, put in much effort to develop Taiwan. The relationship between the Japs and the taiwanese was relatively cordiale, as compared to how the Japs were feared in South East Asia. During World War II, Taiwanese did fight in the Imperial Army(Lee Teng Hui’s brother died during service in the Japanese Navy).  These local Taiwanese, thus did not mind the JAps as much as the guys from China did.

Then came the Nationalists. Led by Chen Yi, the Nationalists plundered Taiwan during the Chinese Civil War, resulting in discontent against the KMT. Eventually KMT was kicked out of the Mainland and Chiang Kai Shek was forced to set up shop in Taiwan. These group of people who were forced out of the Mainland were people who had experienced the cruelty of the Japs during World War II, and also saw themselves as Chinese. In fact Chiang Kai Shek never intended to set shop permanently in Taiwan; he intended to use it as a base and stepping stone whereby he could retake the mainland.

Thus in Taiwan u have two groups of different people coming from different points in history. With this historical baggage it is no wonder that their democracy has often been heated and seen to be ineffectual as both sides do not want to come to a common consensus. The KMT group, seeing themselves as Chinaman, are inclined towards reunification; while on the other hand, the pro-independent group see themselves as Taiwanese and dun want anything to do with the Chinaman. In Singapore, despite all the gripes about the system and all, there is no group who advocates reunification with Malaysia. The races in Singapore do not consider themselves as Chinaman, Indian, so on. Even Chee Soon Juan would balk at that suggestion. So at the end of the day everyone works towards Singapore’s interest, albeit in different ways.

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