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Democracy headache for Beijing: Singaporean daily

Democracy headache for Beijing: Singaporean daily

Taipei, Oct. 2 (CNA) With frequent and warm exchanges across the Taiwan Strait, democracy in Taiwan has gradually changed the image of the island nation for Chinese people, according to Singapore's Chinese-language daily Lianhe Zaobao, which calls the phenomenon a "headache" for Beijing. The article, titled "A Problem that Causes a Headache" and written by a senior correspondent in Shanghai, was prompted by the recent release of the 36-volume book "History of the Republic of China" by China's Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The article said the publication redefines the studies of the Hsinhai Revolution and ROC history in China. Today, in the still-conservative China, which claims Taiwan as its province and will resort to force if necessary, Chinese bloggers and public opinion openly addresses Taiwan as "ROC," the Sept. 21 piece said. From banning the name, to avoiding and finally tolerating it, China still does not admit that the ROC still exists, but the tolerance is apparently a realistic consideration that the ROC at least sounds more like family kin, it added. With the increasing frequency of exchanges, the images of the two sides, the two parties -- the Communist Party of China and the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) of Taiwan -- and the two societies have quietly changed in people's minds, it said. Citing the example of former President Chen Shui-bian's imprisonment on corruption charges, the article said the supervision of the government by media and public opinion provides more convincing and instant influences to Chinese people, with the traditional images of former KMT ruler Chiang Kai-shek built by the communist party gradually being shattered. It added that the Beijing government, which still aims at unification between the two sides, expects a closer relationship to bring about understanding, but fails to realize that closer ties actually bring the comparison of the soft power of the two sides. Through the path of cross-strait exchanges, more and more people will start to see other political possibilities for China, it predicted. (By Kang Shih-jen and Jamie Wang)


Updated : 2021-10-24 17:24 GMT+08:00