March 30th 2005

Well, for the end of the month I want to become political since this month was kind of ruled by some political happenings in and about Taiwan. To give you a short summary: At 03/14 the Chinese “parliament” finally passed the so-called “Anti-Secession-Law”, giving Chinese leadership wide-spread possibilities to use “non-peaceful” ways to bring Taiwan back to the “one and only China”. Prime Minister Wen Jiabao declared that the purpose of this law is a way to hold Taiwan’s “independent forces” at bay, but not to be a thread of war against Taiwan’s people. At the same day the same “parliament” raised the military budget by 12.6%…and probably added some more missiles to the few hundred already located at the south-east coast directing to Taiwan

tw-demoAfter a few political reactions from foreign countries (USA: “not a helpful step”, Japan: “hope to find a peaceful solution”, Russia: “it’s a Chinese affair”) which sounds like something you want to criticize without using critic words, about one million people in Taiwan came together to demonstrate against the law, which happened on 03/26. I also have been in Taipei that day and I saw the crowds walking around and I had the strong feeling that a law against the “independent forces” is quite useless. China doesn’t need to worry about a declaration of independence from Taiwan, in fact it is already independent, in the mind and the heart of the people.

Everyday I read the Chinese propaganda trying to tell everyone that Taiwan is ruled by some “independent forces”, which try to manipulate people to vote against a reunification…..hmm, but I ask myself where the reports about the demonstrations were banned from TV and newspapers and also any other critics about the “Anti-Secession-Law”. When I read the comments of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and President Hu Jintao I really think both of them are really mentally disturbed, however, it seems they are really sure about the things they talk about, although it’s not the truth.

What leads me to the conclusion that Mr. Jiabao and Mr. Jintao are such damn liars and, to speak out my mind clearly, retarded assholes. Well, they are not the only country-leaders to be considered such as, but the way they act is just a shame, a shame for the people they intend to rule. In a democratic country, with freedom of speech and free elections by the people, these kind of politicians would never be reelected for a second time. But where no democracy exists, democratic values cannot count.

tw-demo2The catch for the Chinese leadership probably is the fact, that Taiwan IS a democratic country with freedom of speech and free elections by the people. I know that this is impossible to understand for narrow-minded people like Mr. Jiabao and Mr. Jintao. But this is the fact I am convinced of, because I can experience it every day while living here in Taiwan. In my opinion any conflict can be solved when both sides communicate with each other in an equal and honest way, but at 03/14 the Chinese “parliament” decided to go another way and the Taiwanese people have all reason to protest against it with all they can.

It’s hard to say how things will develop in the future, since democracy and people’s freedom seem to have to step behind economic interests more and more. I also don’t want you, the reader, decide which side is wrong or right. However, I hope that this affair won’t be forgotten by the international community, because I think a few hundred missiles doesn’t seem to forget at which target they are pointing at….


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