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Chinese netizens' mixed reactions to article on Taiwan's soft power

Chinese netizens' mixed reactions to article on Taiwan's soft power

Taipei, Dec. 28 (CNA) Chinese netizens gave a mixed reaction to an article carried by U.S.-based Washington Times that lauded the impact of Taiwan's soft power on China. The article , 'Only Taiwan' holds any reins on China, cited Steven S. F. Chen, former Taiwan representative to the United States and now an adviser to President Ma Ying-jeou, as saying that Taiwan is "the only force on Earth that may have an impact on the future political development of China." "Not, I'm afraid to say, the United States, not Japan, not any another country. Only Taiwan," Chen said. Chen and others argue that Taiwan can play such a role through the strategic use of its soft power -- the cultural leverage that comes with a shared history, language and geography, the article said. It also cited Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai as saying that although Confucianism was developed as a guide for the administrators of China's vast empire, Confucianism and liberal democracy are compatible. One netizen in the mainland said: 'It sounds reasonable. only when the people are enlightened and another round of emancipation of the minds after years can we reach consensus politically and can the unification of the country be possible." Another person writing on social media chatrooms responded by saying: "The mainland should be democratic like Taiwan." And yet another said: "It sounds credible, come and save us." But there were also those who disagreed with the views in the article, with one questioning: "Is it interesting to flatter yourself?" Another person writing online said: "Is it too much to say hold reins?" Yet another said that it's possible Taiwan may have an impact on China, but that "it is impossible that it holds the reins." (By Hsiao Pao-hsiang and Lilian Wu)
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Updated : 2021-02-25 12:52 GMT+08:00