Relying on Declining US to Separate from Rising China Hopeless for TaiwanPosted: November 27, 2016 | |
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s approval rating has plummeted since she took office six months ago due to her stupid policy of relying on declining US to separate from rising China.
SCMP describes her failure to meet her challenges and honor her election promises in its report “Why is the popularity of Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen plummeting?”
Tsai, a pro-independence leader of her pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), wants Taiwan independence, but dare not declare independence as she has no support from the US to defend Taiwan against mainland China’s military attack.
She is clever to bet on Taiwanese, especially younger ones’, support for democracy for her goal to separate from mainland China, but she lacks the vision to see that she cannot rely on the US to achieve her goal. It is impossible for Taiwan to be free from its economic reliance on mainland China by relying on the US.
The US itself is in trouble economically. That is why pro-isolationist Trump has got elected as US president. Trump would scrap TPP that Tsai places great hope on reducing Taiwan’s economic reliance on mainland China.
Mainland Chinese leaders are shrewd. They only want Tsai to accept the 1992 consensus that advocates one China but allows Taiwan to maintain its political system by regarding Taiwan’s Republic of China as the one China.
However, they have begun putting pressure on Taiwan’s economy that Taiwanese relies on for their survival.
The sharp fall of mainland Chinese tourists is just a beginning, but has already caused great trouble. What if mainlanders refuse to buy goods from Taiwan? What if mainland China threatens Taiwan by military force that causes flee of funds and talents from Taiwan?
Tsai is simply unable to deal with such problems. No wonder, her popularity suffers along with Taiwan’s economy.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be found at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2047906/why-popularity-taiwans-tsai-ing-wen-plummeting.