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There should be more inter-people exchanges. More Chinese from the island should visit China even as the island prepares itself for an influx of tourists from their motherland. It will be as happy a reunion as the people on the province wants it to be - which means they must not cheat their fellow brothers and sisters. We should keep an eye on prices at Sun Moon Lake, for instance.|
The inter-people exchanges should include students; although at present there are already a number of students from the island studying in the universities in their motherland, this number should be increased. One day, students from the mainland could also study on the island.
The exchanges need not be limited to people. They could also be about cultural artifacts. There is a big jade cabbage in the museum on the island. Together with the other cultural exhibits which were originally made by mother China, they should be put on a road show to exhibit in selected museums on the mainland, so that those who cannot afford to travel to the island can also be reunited to the common bond now being tied back again from the spliced knots that had been unfortunately broken by events in history.
After all, the events that flow in history are like the big river which must have a source and a destiny.
That the island has already concluded it would be the services sector which will compensate for the downturn in their manufacturing sector is speaking reality. Manufacturing big and small should relocate to the motherland where many already are making good money for their owners. But these owners, old and new ones to come, should see that the people they employ in their plants on the motherland are no different than the people they would employ on the island. They are also Chinese, family members, even if considered on extended scale. All come from the same common root. And thus must be properly taken care of, not exploited. By relocating more plants to the mainland because it makes economic and strategic sense for the survival of their investment in the next twenty years, the island will then have to find a new economic/business model for its future in cooperation with investors from the mainland and coordinated with the other mega-hubs in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Macau and Hainan. How about as China's Asia-Pacific trade facilitating center for the pacific rim of the Americas which can include a new shipbuilding yard? At present, this is just a small idea waiting to be elaborated further but i am thinking of a Chinese version of something further north.
It remains to be said, and in fact what is going to be written next is actually the reason for this post, another one of my lilting ones.
China has shown immense consideration and bent backwards for a giant to a small island which has historically been its province, even to one which had taken to shed blood not only of those not of the ideology of its political leaders, but also those of its own charges. Therefore it' should not be about negotiation, a western invention. It should be about good form, statesmanship, sincerity, Chineseness. If one is really Chinese in root and fiber, presidents meet presidents. The motherland has shown all of these. Should one expect any less from anywhere else?
This is not a game. It's not a zero-sum smart play. It's not a bazaar more for me less for you. it's not about trying to play one against the others or about not ruffling the sensitivities of past alliances. After all, it has already been etched there is but One China so the time to score personal bunny points in order to try and look good before a shrinking crowd of cronies is long gone.
It's all about the long-awaited reunion of an entire nation.