Why the Taiwanese Do Not Want Unity with China

Dr Lung Ying-tai, Taiwanese Minister for Culture. (Wikipedia)
Dr Lung Ying-tai, Taiwanese Minister for Culture. (Wikipedia)

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:

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.

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:

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:

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