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Liberty Times: How does Ma have the gall to visit Chiang's tomb?

Liberty Times: How does Ma have the gall to visit Chiang's tomb?

Taiwan editorial abstract (File 2 of a daily roundup) Ma Ying-jeou, leading a group of Kuomintang officials, laid a wreath at the tomb of late President Chiang Ching-kuo Jan. 13 on the 22nd anniversary of Chiang's death.
Chiang was a controversial authoritarian ruler who drew condemnation from many critics for hindering the development of democracy in Taiwan, but he deserved praise for carrying out reforms to ensure Taiwan's security.
Knowing quite well that Taiwan was the only haven for its people, Chiang made every effort to develop the island and prevent it from being annexed by China.
He thwarted China's plans for Taiwan by insisting on no contact between the two sides, no negotiations and no compromise with Beijing.
Ma, who was one of Chiang's close aides, should know this very well. However, he has deviated from Chiang's policies by pushing Taiwan's businessmen, capital and technology into China and giving Beijing an opportunity to realize its goal of taking over Taiwan peacefully.
His policies have drained the island of its wealth, cost many Taiwanese their jobs and decreased the average earnings of the population to the level it was at 13 years ago.
His policies have also brought humiliating defeats to his party in the last two elections.
It is therefore ironic that Ma, who has betrayed Chiang's policies, continues to pay tribute every year to the memory of his political mentor.
One wonders, when Ma visited Chiang's tomb Jan. 13, did he once think of Chiang's firm anti-communism policies and vow to follow suit? (By Maubo Chang)