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國際時事與英語溝通 Final Report

 1.What can we learn from the yellow-shirt army of Thailand in reflection to the 
    politics of Taiwan?
     The most divergent and disputed issue in Taiwan now is our relationship with China. KMT, which consists of the majority of Legislative Yuan and the president belongs to, claims that openness is good to the economy of Taiwan. However, on this controversial issue, they evidently move too fast. The top
ic had not yet been thoroughly discussed, or reached a consensus. This somewhat disrespectful and arrogant manner resembles Thai elite class.

Despite the fact that President Ma’s openness policies have not yet bring any obvious advantage to Taiwan economy, the big companies and some politicians have taken the advantage and move their assets to China on hearing the policies. This fact shows a corner of the injustice and division in Taiwan society. The rages of the poor and middle class are also accumulated on housing and tax issues. If Taiwan government continues to neglect the widening wealth gap and one-sidedly protects the interest of corporations and wealthy people, the red-shirts will be bound to appear in Taipei streets.

 

However, unlike Thailand, the distribution of wealthy is not that unequal in Taiwan. It is the middle class instead of the poor that dominates the voters of Taiwan. They are higher educated, thus more powerful, to supervise their government; they have a relatively neutral position between the poor and the rich, making them good mediator and buffer.

Also, the punishment for the former president warns officials not to corrupt. Besides, Taiwan military force is unlikely to intervene the politics, people will absolutely oppose it.

 

Lastly, the supporters of ruling party come from different levels of the society, making it hard to go extremism, and its strong opposition rival must be in its concern.  

In a word, the grave democratic crisis occurred in Thailand can hardly be replayed in Taiwan, and I have confidence in the democracy of Taiwan.

 


 2. How can the promblems between North and South Korea help us view  
      Taiwan-China issue with more insight?

The relationship between North and South Korea is quite different from Taiwan’s relationship with China.

To my observation, Kim Jong-il, the present ruler of North Korea is dying. The only thing he can care now is to success his power to his son smoothly. He executed hundreds of officer who has the potential to treat the reign of his family. To make sure external force will not intervene, he makes waves by daunting South Korea with warship attack, frightening the world with nuclear missiles. He doesn’t really mean to integrate Korea peninsula, for he knows it well he had no chance to win. If South Korea doesn’t poise threat to the succession, there will not be a war and the crisis will quickly cool down. However, as long as the autocratic North Korea exists, South Korea cannot achieve permanent peace and stability, for South Korea’s democratic demonstration is inherently a treat to the dictatorship built on exploiting and deceiving its people. Taiwan, likewise, is also demonstrating democracy to China, a much stronger authoritarian country, and consequently a treat to Chinese community party.    

Politics is not charity business. No one will do good to you if you have no use
to them. I regard the relationship between China and Taiwan as that between a big brother and a kid. If Taiwan behaves well, China will give it something sweet; If Taiwan being naughty, it gets a rod. The so called ‘rapprochement’ is just a wishful thinking of the media and some officials. China simply recognizes Taiwan as a defiant state that it must take back eventually.

I feel this ‘rapprochement’ is dangerous, for different voices shown in the island are ignored. Some politicians in the ruling party seem to be indulged in the wishful prospects meanwhile neglect the risks and opposition.

Situation cannot be worse if inner conflicts and hostility emerged. Taiwanese government should listen to what people say about his agenda through polls, ballots, debates, or any other approaches.

 I think Taiwanese people should make clear understandings that democracy and indepence are the most valuable treasures we have, and China will never recognize Taiwan as a nation. We should have the resolutions to be able to sacrifice everything in order to preserve these two important qualities. We should be prepared for the day we have to fight for our independence. With this consensus, we then have criteria to decide how open we should be, what we want and want we don’t want. Then a safe, positive cross-strait relationship is possible. 

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