is a sovereign state, not Hong Kong and Macau
Taiwan is not a “lost”
territory of the PRC. The solution of the Taiwan issue is much more
complicated. A wiser course is for the two sides to continue with their
negotiations until a solution satisfactory to both sides is worked out.
Beijing should realize that is
impractical to try to make Taipei accept the two systems reunification
proposal. Implementation of this formula would relegate the ROC
government to the status of a local government. The attempt to force the
idea on Taipei will only serve to trigger a backlash, accelerating the
tendency among Taiwan’s leaders to make a complete split with mainland
“Macau was a colony, so was Hong Kong, but we are
not,” Vice President Lien Chan, the
ruling Kuomintang’s presidential candidate, told supporters (Dec. 20,
Republic of China has been a sovereign state since its founding in 1912.
We would become citizens of a colony according to the way they treat us.
Wasn’t it ridiculous?” he said.
For about Cross-Strait, the
former Taipei mayor underscored that any changes to the status quo must
be endorsed by the people through a referendum.
“It (referendum) will be the most powerful weapon,
and the last-ditch weapon as well, to counter a Chinese invasion.
Keeping this in mind, we should legalize referendums for any issue
related to China, or any agreements on changing
Taiwan’s status quo,”
Macau became a special
administrative region under China’s “one country, two systems”
policy. Macau’s reversion to China, after more than 400 years of
Portuguese administration, will bring only a few changes, at least in
the first few years. After all, everyone, including the inhabitants,
to see the region remain the way it is and continue to prosper, with its
law and order improved and strengthened. In terms of political
systems, Macau is only a tiny enclave, and too small in the eyes of the
Beijing authorities to cause any problems as serious as might be
encountered with Hong Kong.
Taiwan has a stake in continuing
normal, friendly relations with Macau, and hopes Macau will gain greater
economic prosperity and social stability. After all, more than 75% of
airline passengers traveling to and from Macau are Taiwanese. Annual
trade between Taiwan and Macau exceeds US$360 million.
China would also be pleased to
see Macau maintain its current peace and prosperity. China should
logically try to maintain the status quo of Macau. Macau’s small size
makes it seem unnecessary for the Beijing authorities to wield a strong
grip over the SAR territory, as in Hong Kong’s case. Yet Macau is too
important to be ignored in terms of propagating China’s “one
country, two systems” policy.
It is a mistake for the Beijing
authorities to see the situation of the two former colonies, Hong Kong
and Macau, as analogous with of Taiwan --- since Taiwan is a sovereign
state. The “one country, two systems” doctrine presents many
The “one country, two
systems” policy was created to deal with the return of the two
territories previously under Western colonial rule, since whether China
liked it or not, it would had no way of assimilating Hong Kong and Macau
into the communist regime without doing catastrophic harm to the life
and institutions of those territories. However, it cannot be correct to
assume that a policy adopted hurriedly in the early 1980s was meant from
the beginning to deal with the case of Taiwan. China in fact wishes to
subjugate Taiwan in the long run to show that it is the final victor in
the Chinese civil war resumed from 1945 to 1949.
The “one country, two
systems” policy serves therefore only to accommodate the automatic
reversion of the two former colonies. If China wants to deal with Taiwan
wisely and pragmatically, it should drop the “one country, two
systems” policy and its “one-China” rhetoric. Through mutual
respect, negotiation and cooperation, anything can happen, and
possibilities remain open.
China should learn to deal with
Taiwan and the outside world with pragmatism, wisdom and maybe sometimes
just a little bit of wild imagination. Its advocacy of the “one
country, two systems” policy should end now, with the return of Macau.
History told story, Taiwanese
people were suffering from the bloody repression which followed the 2-28
massacre and were destined to endure several more years of the white
terror. More than fifty years have passed and the tragedy of the 2-28
massacre has gradually faded away. Some people, in Taiwan, still ignited the mainlanders and native
Taiwanese, because of some people love to link communist’s system.
Taiwan seems to have reached a
state of freedom and democracy unprecedented in its history; why some people want to sell out
Taiwan democratic sweet fruits? The development of the Cross-
Straits relationship has made China’s intimidation remote and shallow.
Taiwan’s only way is to return to the world stage and let Taiwan voice
Taiwanese people should indeed
be grateful for having the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of democracy
and freedom. However, these sweet fruits did not grow easily, but had to
be nurtured with the blood and tears of those who were willing to
sacrifice their personal interests and life to strive for peace. We
shall not only remember the lessons from that time, but also keep on
working to retain what we have now and gain what we don’t.
Taiwan is still under a military
threat from China. Despite the fact that international reality has
Beijing regime has never renounced their intent to “liberate Taiwan by
In our view, every Taiwanese people has a knee of
awareness of the peace issue, and is willing to take responsibility for
promoting peace, can true freedom and democracy be realized.