Wow! Can’t believe a Ma Administration official would ever utter the words “Taiwan does not belong to China” and expect to keep their job for much longer!
Nice as it is to see a Taiwanese Government official call out in the elephant room for what it is, from a Vietnamese perspective, if it claims it is Chinese, if it unilaterally declares sovereignty over foreign waters and islands far from its shores, if it utilises Chinese sweatshop labour techniques, if it talks and writes in Chinese, and if it speaks incessantly of shared blood, history, ancestors, and one China with different interpretations, THEN IT IS CHINESE.
If there is any confusion about Taiwan or who Taiwanese are it is not just because of similar language but because this pro-China Government has actively sought to reduce the distinctiveness of Taiwan as a separate entity from China in an effort to maintain the legitimacy of the ROC, in turn as a means to retain the ability of the KMT to eventually self-annex Taiwan back into the PRC.
When President Chen and Lee said “I am Taiwanese’, Taiwanese did not get targeted or hurt as a result - the only threat came from … China. When President Ma says ‘We are all Chinese culturally and ethnically”, Taiwanese businesses are threatened, looted, burned, and workers assaulted. I wonder if many Taiwanese would be happy to trade slightly reduced cross-strait tensions for being recognised as Chinese citizens when abroad?(via lettersfromtaiwan)
As far as I know , two innocent men died. So let’s play the game ” blame to China”