Chen raises Taiwan’s International Profile
January 02, 2007
The Biggest Scandals of 2006
TROUBLE IN TAIWAN
05 of 10
by Madison Gray
As if it were not bad enough somebody shot and wounded Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian during his most recent political campaign, his wife, Wu Shu-Chen, is now standing accused of embezzling $450,000 in state funds. Other family members and friends have also been alleged to use their ties to him for illicit gains, most notably his son-in-law Chao Chien-ming who was arrested on charges of insider trading and embezzlement. In November, Wu was formally indicted, but the president himself seems to be wearing a constitutionally tailored Teflon suit, because despite the allegations of his connection with this and other graft, he cannot be charged with anything until his presidential term ends in 2008. Recently, lawmakers fell 28 votes short of the required two-thirds majority that would have instituted an island-wide recall vote.
Comment: The Taiwan independence nomenklatura has long been obsessed with “raising Taiwan’s international profile.”
The nomenklatura, as Wikipedia explains, were an élite subset of the general population of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. The nomenklatura held key positions in all spheres of the Soviet Union, including government, industry, agriculture, and education. Some observers defined them as a new class.
And so it is with the Taiwan independence nomenklatura, who purport to represent “the people of Taiwan” but in fact represent mostly themselves.
The Taiwan independence nomenklatura sees “raising Taiwan’s international profile” as a means of conveying the misleading impression that “Taiwan is a sovereign and independent state.”
That’s why they’ve been milking New York Yankees star pitcher Wang Chien-min for all he’s worth, harping on the fact that “He’s from Taiwan!” implying that “Taiwan” is the name of a country, and that it is separate and independent from China.
Informed persons know better.
Informed persons know that Taiwan is not a sovereign and independent state. They know that Taiwan is an integral part of China. They know that Taiwan is a province of China.
They know that the Republic of China, or ROC for short, is a sovereign and independent state. The Republic of China’s constitutionally mandated sovereignty includes the Taiwan and mainland regions of China, even though it does not currently exercise active jurisdiction over the mainland region of China.
Even the PRC government in Beijing is willing, albeit not eager, to accept this long-standing official position of the ROC government in Taipei, one that has been consistently reaffirmed by the Pan Blue political parties on Taiwan.
Give “President” Chen Shui-bian and “First Lady” Wu Shu-chen a kewpie doll for stealing enough money from Republic of China citizens to make the No. 5 spot on Time Magazine’s Biggest Scandals of 2006 List.
That’s certainly one way of “raising Taiwan’s international profile.”
A Bian and A Chen have done the Taiwan independence movement proud.