Relying on Declining US to Separate from Rising China Hopeless for Taiwan


Tourism sector workers shout slogans during a protest march in Taipei in September following a plunge in visits by mainland tourists since the inauguration of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in May. Photo: AP

Tourism sector workers shout slogans during a protest march in Taipei in September following a plunge in visits by mainland tourists since the inauguration of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in May. Photo: AP

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.

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One Comment on “Relying on Declining US to Separate from Rising China Hopeless for Taiwan”

  1. Steve says:

    Tsai Ing Wen is an irresponsible Taiwanese leader pursuing an impossible task for an independent Taiwan. The island province is an inherent real estate of China, it belongs to the Motherland. Therefore, Tsai should be regarded as a Separatist and Terrorist or just simply a common thief trying to steal what don’t belong to her independent supporters and DPP.

    Often, she compares herself with Angela Merkel as a professor into politician. Chancellor Merkel is a leader of a united Germany (east/west) and understands that Germany should remain united as one sovereign nation, but Tsai is just the opposite, she wants to break away Taiwan from China. She is instigating war and if war breaks out she will be soaked in a Chinese bloodbath.

    Tsai has openly supported LGBT rights and has vocally included them into same sex marriage to gain political votes. She has hoodwinked the young Taiwanese in her election campaign for Taiwan independence to gain democratic votes. Recently, Tsai indicated that she wants to join the ‘defunct’ US led TPP which excluded China, if the TPP can be re-negotiated without the US. Does she wants to contain China with a protectionism policy excluding China under a revised TPP.

    She protects her private life intensely, being single and unmarried, does she really care for the security, prosperity and future of Taiwan.? She can easily flee to the US if Taiwan falls into a military turmoil in a cross straits confrontation, knowing that China will unify Taiwan militarily, if necessary.

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