Students Too Intelligent to Die for Taiwan Independence
to the results of a scientific poll conducted in late March by
the Chinese Culture University on Taiwan, 65% of the university
students on Taiwan would be unwilling to defend the island if
the Chinese Communists were to attack; only 35% would be willing.
Released on April 7, 2005, the poll surveyed 1161 students enrolled
at National Taiwan University, National Chengchi University, and
nine other major universities in northern Taiwan.
Students' Views on Cross Straits Conflict
Source: Culture Weekly, Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan,
One: "If the Chinese Communists attack Taiwan, would you
be willing to defend Taiwan's territory?"
of the Unwilling
So what is
one to make of these fascinating poll results?
Rambos might snort with disgust, having concluded that university
students on Taiwan are "cowards."
I would politely
but firmly disagree. The reason the brightest young minds on Taiwan
are unwilling to fight in the event the Chinese mainland attacks,
is not because they are unwilling to "fight for their country."
they are unwilling to fight in the event the mainland attacks
the island, is that they are not willing to fight for Taiwan independence.
Taiwan independence is not synonymous with Taiwan. Taiwan is merely
part of their country. Their country is the "Republic of
China," or "China" for short.
students on Taiwan know that if the mainland ever attacks the
island it will be for one reason and one reason only: a 15% to
20% hardcore of Taiwan independence zealots who have hijacked
the ROC, have made their final desperate move toward formal independence,
against the will of the overwhelming majority of patriotic Chinese
citizens who wish to maintain the status quo until the time is
ripe for "reunification."
students on Taiwan don't consider redefining themselves as "Taiwanese,
not Chinese" something worth fighting and dying for. University
students on Taiwan consider themselves Chinese. Just as "Tasmanians"
are merely Australians who live on the offshore Australian island
of Tasmania, so "Taiwanese" are merely Chinese who live
on the offshore Chinese island of Taiwan. Who wants to die for
independence sympathizers who have been brainwashed by Taiwan
independence propaganda for the past 17 years, the results of
this March 2005 poll should provide a badly needed reality check.
Taiwan independence sympathizers may wish to ask themselves, is
Taiwan independence really something they are willing to die for,
when even "Taiwanese" themselves are not?
Chu [send him mail] is
an American architect of Chinese descent registered to practice
in Texas. Currently living and working in Taiwan, Chu is the son
of a retired high-ranking diplomat with the ROC (Taiwan) government.
His column, "The Strait Scoop" is published on his website, The
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