Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Taiwan stands up!

"China the elephant often goes crazy and tramples upon us, but we are not allowed to struggle, or even yelp in pain," President Chen.

Thousands gather for anti-China rally in Taipei
Saturday March 18, 3:45 PM

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Thousands of supporters of Taiwan's pro-independence President Chen Shui-bian gathered for an "anti-annexation" rally on Saturday to protest China's threat to use force against the self-ruled island.

Organisers say the march is expected to draw a crowd of 100,000 people to mark the first anniversary of China's passage of the Anti-Secession Law that authorises war if Taiwan declares statehood, thereby violating Beijing's "one China" policy.

China and Taiwan split at the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949.

With red ballons symbolising Chinese missiles and placards reading "Protect democracy, Oppose Annexation", Chen's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said the rally would show the world the Taiwan people's determination to defend their democratic way of life.

Chen, Vice President Annette Lu and Premier Su Tseng-chang are expected to join the marchers, many of who were bused in from all over the island.

Keen to shake off Beijing's claim of sovereignty over the island, the president scrapped a dormant but symbolic Taiwanese body called the National Unification Council, triggering condemnation by China.

Chen likened Taiwan as a rabbit bullied by a raging elephant, China, when he met a group of Taiwan businessmen on Friday.

"China the elephant often goes crazy and tramples upon us, but we are not allowed to struggle, or even yelp in pain," Chen said.

Taipei says Beijing had accumulated nearly 800 missiles targeting the island and was adding to its arsenal at a rate of between 75-100 a year.

But for Taiwan's 23 million people, the issue of reunification versus independence has always been tricky. Opinion polls consistently show more than 80 percent of Taiwan people prefer the status quo.

Last week, tens of thousands of opposition supporters, who favour closer ties with China, marched through Taipei to denounce Chen, accusing him of fanning tensions with China.

3 Comments:

Blogger mah29001 said...

I'm pro-Taiwan and I support Taiwan's independence, and that Taiwan shouldn't be handed over to China on a silver plate.

China is a dictatorship for pete shake, and of course if you commit even the most minor crimes such as hooliganism as what I saw in a documentary about China, you can get the death penalty. I don't know the laws of Taiwan, but I suspect they are more humane than that of China.

6:36 AM  
Blogger Vincent said...

Thank you very much for your support, Maxwell! Welcome to this blog!

Taiwan's government intends not to execute death penalty now, though it still exists in the law. Taiwan might not be 100% perfectly human-right country, like many others, but Taiwan cares and is improving a lot in recent years. If Chinese government knows what is human right, then it will not be considered "communism".

1:04 PM  
Blogger mah29001 said...

I was wondering if you people can kindly deconstruct any articles that are authored by Bevin Chu who is an anti-Taiwan/anti-American ideologue and is pro-China and favors a One-China policy.

This fellow also believes that Japan is trying to make Taiwan into a "colony" like it did in its Imperial heyday. I'm part Chinese myself and even I know that's a load of bull.

Anyway, here's the latest BS from Bevin Chu:

http://www.lewrockwell.com/chu/chu13.html

Note: This fellow has ties to antiwar.com and I think one of his articles was published by the Pravda which is promoting this idea.

1:35 PM  

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