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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

What 'cooperation' means to China

December 22, 2007

By Chen Gau-tzu
Taipei Times
Wednesday, Dec 19, 2007

IN APRIL 2005, with the knowledge that he would never gain the
presidential seat, then Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Lien
Chan visited China

and began to promote the idea of working with the Chinese Communist
Party (CCP) to prevent Taiwanese independence. Later, the KMT began
promoting

the so-called KMT and CCP cooperation platform.

Perhaps because Lien's successor has a much better chance at the
presidency, KMT presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou does not dare visit
China, but during

interviews with the international press, he says that his party's goal
is unification.

While the proposal of teaming up with the CCP to suppress independence
led the public to chastise President Chen Shui-bian's government for not
taking

preventative measures, the threat of eventual unification led the public
to once again turn their hopes to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

For many years, Taiwan's economy has relied too heavily on China,
allowing it to lay economic siege on Taiwan and to manipulate Taiwanese
politics.

Many staunch academic supporters of Taiwan's position often warn against
the possibility of Taiwan becoming another Hong Kong. Although that is a
danger,

turning into another Tibet would be even worse.

The Dalai Lama pointed out in a speech to the US Congress 20 years ago
that China had sent 7.5 million Han immigrants to Tibet outnumbering the
6 million

original Tibetans. China admits that in central and western Tibet -- the
Tibet Autonomous Region -- the 1.9 million Tibetans there have become
the area's

minority.

In March, the Tibetan representative in Japan told Japanese media that
China has drawn up further plans to move 20 million Han people to Tibet.
He is

extremely concerned that should this plan be realized, Tibetan culture
and ethnic character will disappear completely.

Although the Taiwanese public elected a new ruling party in 2000, the
KMT is kept alive by the wealth it accumulated from corruption during
its half a century

of autocratic rule and recent aid and investments from a China betting
on KMT cooperation.

Recently, the KMT has been promoting cooperation between the KMT and the
CCP and preaching the three direct links, which totally compromises
national

autonomy and security. Ma even publicly announced that he would
recognize Chinese academic qualifications if he wins the presidency.

If these policies were implemented, Taiwan's future could be seen in
today's Tibet: Taiwan's 23 million people would be marginalized and
belittled, our

grassroots lifestyle and culture would become diluted or obliterated and
education and employment opportunities would be handed over to China.
Tibet has

a government in exile that can combat China's Tibet -- Taiwan would have
no such fulcrum for leverage.

Joining with China to suppress Taiwanese independence is just the first
step toward the goal of transforming Taiwan into another Hong Kong. The
second

step would consist of obliterating Taiwan by transforming it into a new
Tibet.

The face-off between pan-green independence and pan-blue unification is
a fight for the very existence of Taiwanese values, which should be
maintained in

every political contest in every election until the KMT gives up their
narrow-minded fantasy of cooperating with China.

Chen Gau-tzu is chief secretary of the Northern Taiwan Society.

Translated by Angela Hong
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