The Taiwanese Minister of Culture, Dr Lung Yingtai, published a article titled Why the Taiwanese Do Not Want Unity with China. She mentioned that the people of Taiwan consider democracy a daily necessity, such as food and clothing. Her article attracted responses from both Taiwanese and Mainland Chinese. Veteran political commentator Lin Baohua said:
“Ms Lung explained the technical reasons behind the Taiwan people’s decision for democracy. I feel that habits and lifestyles definitely have something to do with the political system. Freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law have been deeply rooted in our lives.
“In a nutshell, Taiwan and China have fundamentally different systems.
“Taiwan is one of the few Asian countries that enjoys freedom of speech, especially in the media industry, and especially for the commentators on current affairs. Hong Kong is now controlled by China and is thus worse than Taiwan.”
Dr Lung’s article also mentioned that:
- Government buildings in Taiwan are open to the public
- Bureaucratic procedures are smooth and simple
- Citizens do not experience red tape to travel abroad
- No censorship is practised in publishing books
- The annual government budget is posted online for the public
- Taiwanese are used to government officials stepping down after making mistakes
- Laws protect people’s rights
- People do not need to resort to bribery for a bed in a hospital
Liu, an architect from Taipei, believes that geographically, politically, economically and culturally, Taiwanese do not want to be under Chinese Communist Party (CCP) rule.
“China’s politics are completely not on track and bad officials do whatever they please, such as the Bo Xilai incident. This type of government is completely not trustworthy. Economically, there is a complete lack of morality in doing business.
“For example, some people in China actually replace steel bars with bamboo when building houses,” added Liu.
Since democracy in Taiwan today came from dozens of years of efforts and sacrifices, Chen Liyun, a Taiwanese pharmaceutical representative, believes that Taiwanese citizenry hope for an improved and advanced democracy, Chen said:
“Of course, we absolutely do not want to be like Mainland China. In reality, China and Taiwan are very different. We cannot accept the ‘tradition’ of empty slogans.”
Currently, more than 100,000 Mainland Chinese have responded online to this topic. However, a netizen from Guizhou is sceptical: “Mainland leaders hope to unify with you [Taiwan] under the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ rule and together we will build a strong and prosperous China. Is this not our common goal?”
Dr Lung Yingtai concluded at the end of her article:
“I question the struggle for unity or independence, socialism or capitalism, and nationalism or separatism between both Taiwan and China. For most Taiwanese, our system is in fact a very concrete lifestyle choice.”