OPINIONS Observer: DPP holding Taiwan public hostage

OPINIONS

Observer: DPP holding Taiwan public hostage

By Han Xiaomeng | People's Daily app

20:33, October 29, 2021

The US has been playing the “Taiwan card” in a radical way. President Biden last week sent wrong signals to Taiwan separatist forces, saying the US would come to the defense of the island. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday called on countries to support Taiwan's participation in the UN despite the fact that Taiwan, as an inalienable part of China’s territory, is ineligible for UN membership.

It seems the backing of US politicians boosted the courage of Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen as she claimed that the threat from the Chinese mainland was growing "every day" and confirmed for the first time the presence of US troops on Taiwanese soil for so-called “military training purposes” in an interview with CNN on Thursday.

Tsai referred to Taiwan as “a beacon of democracy” in an attempt to deceive the world and hype her separatist pursuits, which also echoed the “four commitments” in her October 10 address, among which was the so-called “enduring commitment to a free and democratic constitutional system.”

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has constantly whitewashed issues of unification or separation as so-called “freedom” and “democracy.” But the pursuit of national reunification instead of separation is a core issue concerning the fundamental interests of the Chinese nation. The differences in the social systems and ways of living across the Taiwan Strait will never justify the DPP separatist moves and its resistance to national reunification.

Tsai’s words “do not represent the will of the Taiwan people with the majority championing communication and cooperation with the Chinese mainland, but on the contrary hold hostage the Taiwan public, coercing them off the right path,” said Sun Yafu, vice chairman of the Beijing-based Association for Cross-Strait Relations, in an interview with the Global Times.

In stark contrast, the Chinese mainland has always pursued the right path to seek peaceful reunification based on respect for cross-Strait differences, which is the “one country, two systems” solution. This is a real peaceful and democratic solution ignored by the DPP. Tsai, by promoting a “two-state theory” and evoking hostility across the Taiwan Strait, is leading the island towards a dangerous path that risks a catastrophic future for all Taiwan residents. It’s time to stop playing with fire and end the doomsday madness.

There is an old Chinese saying: “the trees may prefer calm but the wind will not subside.” When addressing a meeting marking the 110th anniversary of the Revolution of 1911, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that the Taiwan question arose out of the weakness and chaos of the Chinese nation and will be resolved as national rejuvenation becomes a reality. He also noted that national reunification by peaceful means best serves the interests of the Chinese nation as a whole including compatriots in Taiwan. China's political resolve to reunify has always been unwavering.

Despite the Chinese mainland’s firm stance for peaceful reunification, it’s always Taiwan and the US who stir up trouble in the peaceful waters. The US has interfered in the internal affairs of China by supporting Taiwan to join the UN system and even placed troops on the island, not to mention trampling over the red line of China’s sovereignty issue. Acting as a world cop, US concerns are not in the interests of the people of Taiwan. The US is piling up its own geographical influence and undermining regional peace and stability. Partnering with and weaponizing its teammates only to abandon them when real conflicts occur is a common trick of the US.

By inviting American troops to train the Taiwan military, the DPP authority is putting a cat near the goldfish bowl, making the worst preparation by miscalculating the cross-Strait situation. What the Taiwan leader did risks a war across the Strait. The separation road leads to a dead end and whoever takes this path will pay the heaviest cost.

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