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people like mengzhi is the reason
I can say that Taiwanese do wish to be reunited with motherland. The only big obstacle is the hand underneath the puppet Ah Bian called Uncle Sam. The Yanks do get $18 billion annually in arms sales. So you can see they are not likely to give up such a good client in a hurry. Cheers.
The main reason that Taiwanese do not want to join China is because there are too many people like mengzhi in the mainland. There are two main characteristics that mengzhi has shown that is typical of a CCPolitical hothead:
1. The kind of information he receives are filtered/censored - as evidenced by the "18 billion annually in arms sales to uncle sam" - this arms sale has never happened and is unlikely to happen at this kind of price.
2. People like mengzhi are unable to tolerate dissenting opinions because they are used to following the party.
I believe clause 2 is a direct consequence of clause 1.
a_lucky_boy, let me tell you something about Taiwanese people. Taiwanese people have different opinions on everything and some of them really make sure that their voice is heard by others, that's why you see all these protests on the streets of Taipei - it's a way for them express themselves as well as a form of entertainment. For Taiwan, political discussion over the China issue has become a tea-time tradition; the only difference with such discussions across the straight is that you actually hear opposing views. Some are pro-unification, some are pro-independence, while others are pro-status quo or just simply don't care. Now, to say that those who are pro-independence deserve to die, like many of you have said, is not fair because like everyone else, they are entitled to their opinion. In Taiwan, the majority rules; since these pro-independence people only constitute a small minority, then why worry? why become so paranoid that 800+ missles have to deployed against Taiwan?
So let me tell you why those 800+ missiles are needed. They are needed because following Soviet Union's breakup, the CCP learned that FEAR is the only way to hold the country together in a communist regime. So they must subject Taiwan to some kind of fear, and that's the fear of destruction. However, many in Taiwan can't seem to appreciate the kind of calamity associated with this fear because they have never lived under a communist regime, that's why it hasn't been working for the mainland. The new strategy now is economic integration; this is going to be a long process not because China hasn't caught up to Taiwan, but because for the majority of non-management level workers, the purchasing power and the quality of life in China is simply no comparison to that of Taiwan.