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Liberty Times: Back up Taiwanese investors with autonomy

Liberty Times: Back up Taiwanese investors with autonomy

The ruling camp is doing all it can to solicit support from Taiwanese investors doing business in China to save its election campaign, knowing that home voters alone may not ensure it a victory. Taiwanese businesspeople, who are being wooed by the Kuomintang (KMT) and cajoled by the communist authorities in China, had better realize that only an autonomous and powerful Taiwan can be their real protectors in China. Why do we think so? First, a China that has "risen" economically is not valuing investment by Taiwanese entrepreneurs as it once did. Also, Taiwanese investors have become victims in trade disputes with Chinese civilians and officials, leading some of them to think about moving their production lines to Southeast Asia or back to Taiwan. A lot of Taiwanese investors have finally come to their senses that toeing the KMT line cannot change the reality of their dwindling status in mainland China. They have further realized that kowtowing to Beijing or resting their hopes on Beijing "making concessions" to Taiwan as in the early harvest program of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) has actually deepened Taiwan's trade reliance on China. This is why KMT politicians who have been wooing votes in Taiwanese communities across China have heard from those eligible voters that a lack of backbone won't win any respect from China and that the home government in Taiwan must not give in to China's wishes. In fact, the expatriate voters said, only a strong and autonomous Taiwan that stresses equal footing in dealing with all countries around the world and that abides by principles can be a real pillar of strength for Taiwanese investors in China. Taiwan is a democratic country in which elections give its people a chance to express their free will. The presidential and legislative polls two weeks from now offer an opportunity for its expatriate investors in China to make a wise and free choice. They will have a chance to choose between a ruling party that has been following Chinese orders over the past four years, without being able to revitalize Taiwan's economy and improve people's livelihoods, and an opposition that promises to "follow democratic procedures and weigh all sectors' views in order to build a Taiwan consensus" and to deal with China on the principles of "democracy, equality and peace." For all Taiwanese, including those doing business in China, it's all too clear for which side they should decide to cast their "wise" votes. (Editorial abstract -- Dec. 31, 2011) (By S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-03-04 12:00 GMT+08:00