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Apple Daily: The China factor

Apple Daily: The China factor

"The China factor" is a new term that emerged in 2012. It mainly refers to the impact of a rising China's military and economic power as well as its soft power on the rest of the world. The impact of China's rise not only exists today but has been keenly felt throughout the year. Hong Kong writer Chan Koonchung, for example, has observed a trend in which nationalists, Maoists, reactionaries and anti-Western academics in China, hoping to restore the old "Celestial Empire," are trying to build a new Chinese ideology that excludes the universal values emphasized by Western countries. Over the past year, relations between Hong Kong and Beijing have worsened, posing a challenge to the "one country, two systems" model. The damage of the so-called "Celestial Empire doctrines" on Hong Kong's autonomy has also been in evidence. Of course, "the China factor" is not entirely negative, but reflection is lacking among the Taiwanese people. We should reflect on the constraints imposed by "the China factor" on the freedom of speech and on how the triumph of Chinese values over Western values have caused some people to become disoriented. Accepting "the China factor" without critical thinking will be unfavorable to Taiwan. It may not be favorable to the entire Chinese-speaking world, either. (Editorial abstract -- Dec. 29, 2012) (By Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-05-08 02:22 GMT+08:00