North Korea has recently been blamed for the sinking of a South Korean warship. This incident tells us that a regime such as North Korea is dangerous and unpredictable.
This is how China used to be during the era of the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong. Mao at one point threatened to wage a global nuclear war, saying that even if all the people in the United States and other capitalist countries died, half of China's population would still be alive.
China only softened its stance after initiating a reform and opening-up policy under Deng Xiaoping's leadership.
The point of this episode of history is that only by reforming, opening up and switching to a democratic system can a country maintain healthy development. Encouraging China's liberalization and democratization is therefore the right move.
The biggest winner in the Korean incident is the United States, because it makes Asian countries realize who is the "big brother." This demonstrates that Taiwan's strategy of befriending the United States and Japan while reconciling with China is the correct one.
From this incident, Taiwan's military should figure out how it would react in the event of a Chinese air and sea blockade of Taiwan.
Taiwan should also think about how to conduct emergency response exchanges with the United States in the first moments of such a scenario and win international sympathy, as South Korea did.
(May 28, 2010) (By Y.F. Low)