professor of history at an American university in the New England
area wrote in to say:
I have to confess that I don't follow your
argument. How is someone who wants self-determination for
Taiwan akin to Quisling, who cooperated with German occupiers?
Isn't the chief reason that Taiwan doesn't have independence simply
that the PRC has threatened to incinerate the island in case it
declared independence? And why must a nation have one state? Germans,
for example, have Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and, as
you mentioned, Chinese have more than one state as well."
expound on the "Quisling" aspect of my argument because I already
made this point many times before in earlier articles. I assumed
readers were familiar with previous articles in which I explained
in considerable detail who the Taiwan independence movement "elders"
are, and why they and their disciples have earned the epithet
are individuals who help an enemy nation rule their own homeland.
The original Quisling, Vidkun Quisling, a Norwegian, helped Nazi
Germany rule Norway.
independence movement "elders" are Chinese counterparts to Norway's
Vidkun Quisling. Chinese Quislings on Taiwan helped fascist Japanese
rule Taiwan during the First Sino-Japanese War of 18941895,
during Japan's subsequent 50-year colonial occupation of Taiwan
between 1895 and 1945, and during the Second Sino-Japanese War
of 19371945. Chinese Quislings are currently attempting
to help right-wing elements in Japan regain control of Taiwan
a second time.
Who are these
Taiwan independence "elders?" They are people such as Ku Kuan-min
and "Mr. Democracy" Lee Teng-hui.
father Ku Hsien-rong opened the city gates of Taipei for the Japanese
Imperial Army occupation force in 1895 and showed them the way
into the city. He was, not to put too fine a point on it, a collaborator.
The Japanese colonial government rewarded the Ku family by granting
family members exclusive franchises that eventually made them
billionaires. One of the activities the Ku family engaged in was
selling Chinese women into sexual slavery. They recruited destitute
young women on Taiwan under false pretenses, telling them they
would be serving as cooks or maids to Japanese personnel in the
Pacific Theater. When they arrived they found themselves pressed
into sexual slavery, to be gang raped by Japanese soldiers up
to 60 times a day. Refusal meant torture, mutilation, and execution.
Yes, I would say they qualified as Quislings. Wouldn't you?
with Austria and Switzerland might be more or less applicable
to Singapore, but not to Taiwan. Ethnic Chinese Singaporeans emigrated
to a foreign country, Malaya, later Malaysia. They were later
expelled from Malaysia against their will, to become the Republic
of Singapore. Chinese have never claimed that Singapore is part
of China. It isn't.
different. Taiwan is an integral part of China that was stolen
from China at gunpoint. Justice was restored when Taiwan was retroceded
to China following Japan's defeat in WWII. Ever since then it
has remained an integral part of China.
temporarily divided in 1949 due to the Cold War, but that division
is a purely internal division. China is currently divided in a
manner similar to the way North and South Korea is divided, and
the way East and West Germany used to be divided before German
and West Germany, East and West China.
Quislings have no leg to stand on in this civil war between the
Kuomintang and the Chinese Communist Party. Taiwan independence
Quislings are parasitic, opportunistic elements who are attempting
to exploit the unfortunate Cold War capitalist vs. communist division
to establish a puppet regime, nominally independent but in fact
a joint US/Japanese forward outpost against China. Why should
Chinese tolerate such a development? Would any other nation?
that may help explain the mindset of Taiwan independence Quislings
Independence and the Stockholm Syndrome.
Switzerland, the simple fact is the relationship between the Chinese
mainland and Taiwan is nothing like the relationship between Germany
and ethnic German regions of Switzerland. Switzerland parted company
with the Holy Roman Empire back in 1315, long before Germany even
came into existence.
contrast, is an integral part of China that was extorted from
her by force quite recently by historical standards, and retroceded
to her even more recently, well within the living memory of millions
of Chinese today. Taiwan's relationship to mainland China is nothing
like Switzerland's relationship to Germany.
to Taiwan is based not on blood ties, but on universally agreed
upon rights to National Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity.
Unless other nations of the world are willing to forsake such
claims themselves, China cannot be expected to do so unilaterally.
went on to add:
you think that Communism is an issue here? Surely rule by the
CCP isn't a good prescription."
is Beijing has no desire whatsoever to use military force against
Taiwan. They have no desire to "deprive Chinese on Taiwan of their
freedom." The whole Taiwan independence issue is one giant Excedrine
headache for them. They have their hands full solving serious
economic problems on the mainland. The last thing they need is
to be distracted by trouble on Taiwan.
Taipei Times, a Taiwan independence mouthpiece, is aware of the
array of daunting problems the mainland Chinese authorities face.
wants is for the island of Taiwan to remain under a loose umbrella
of "One China." This "One China" doesn't even have to be the People's
Republic of China (PRC). Beijing can live with the 1992 Consensus,
in which both sides agreed that "There is only one indivisible
China. This China includes both Taiwan and the Chinese mainland.
Beijing will refer to this China as the People's Republic of China.
Taipei will refer to this China as the Republic of China. As long
as Taipei doesn't move toward independence, Beijing will not take
any military action."
wants is for Taiwan not to become a foreign country. All they
want is Taiwan not to become a nominally "independent" nation
that is in fact a military forward base for Japanese and US imperialists
and a critical link in a strategic ring of containment along China's
eastern seaboard. Beijing is willing to tolerate de facto independence
as long as a future German-style peaceful reunification can be
not want to have to occupy Taiwan. They don't need the hassle
of being responsible for it. Especially now that Lee Teng-hui
and Chen Shui-bian have run the Taiwan economy into the ground.
If Beijing were forced to assume responsibility for Taiwan's future
now, they would inherit this mess and be unfairly blamed if they
couldn't pull Taiwan out of its economic doldrums any time soon.
But if Taiwan
independence zealots force their hand, they will act.
As far as
"Communism" on mainland China is concerned, the shoe is ironically
on the other foot. Based on objective, quantitative measures such
the relative size of the public sector and the amount of government
taxation, mainland China is actually freer economically than the
US. In fact, many socialists are deeply disappointed with the
CCP for abandoning socialism.
seemed to think I was "soft on Communism."
Chalmers Johnson, Joe Sobran, and the late Jude Wanniski, I was
a Cold Warrior to the right of Richard Nixon. Like Chalmers Johnson,
Joe Sobran, and the late Jude Wanniski, I stopped being a Cold
Warrior when the Cold War ended.
War is over. We won. They lost. The Communists are now playing
our game, the game known as free market competition. It's a rough
game, but at least it's peaceful.
Communism is dead. The only places where Communism is still practiced
are Cuba and North Korea. It's time we stopped fighting the Cold
War and starting enjoying the Peace Dividend.
By god, we
sure as hell earned it.