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The last reply by Mencius was correct. If mainland China and Taiwan could both agree to stop posturing, and threatening the one thing the other fears/resents, you might be surprise how much progress to an actual 'reunification' might occur.
In the west, people being forced to do something, even if the action might benefit them, often chose another path because they resent the idea someone might control their freedom to choose. In China, this would be the same as 'losing face'. That is why mainland China's heavy-handed threats are unpopular with the populations of nations with democratic governments. If this continues, Taiwan will only be pushed further away. These policies and statements are counterproductive.
Nosferatu, the mainland did not introduce anything new into the dialog; therefore, it cannot
be the one with havy hand. SB Chen, on the other hand ,want change the formality of the
dialog, and this should be up to the mainland to decide; however, it does not look like SB Chen's
proposal is acceptable to the mainland.
I am against any war to settle the issue, and believe the raymondusa's support of a long-term economic solution is the best way to pursue China's goal. I would add that strengthening ties by stressing the similarities of the two regions would accelerate this goal if it can be reached.
I agree with this idea only within a reasonnable time limit. There are too many people being
deny the usage of their land. I can see clearly a human-right and descrimination issues created
by Taiwan administration, by denying the owner of the land the right to use their land. Hence, it is
the CCP responsibility to expedite this descrepancy to a close for its people.
God blesses all,
[ Last edited by forestservan at 2006-4-1 03:19 PM ]