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A View Based On A Public Opinion Poll Concerning The Future of The Cross-strait Relations
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In mid-August, an opinion poll concerning the future development of the Cross-strait relations released by the Chinatimes shown that the mainstream public opinion in Taiwan are supportive of the strengthening exchanges and communication between Taiwan and the Mainland. Generally younger generations having participated in the survey appeared to be more active and positive toward a closer engagement between Taiwan and the Mainland, with 72.4% of the young people aged between 20 and 29, and over 60% of those in the age group ranging from 30 to 49 supporting this idea.


Given the growing complex environment within Taiwan and at the regional and international stages, as well as the uneasiness of the Cross-strait relations at the moment, what could this opinion poll tell then? Further this piece would suggest a solution to help address the current obstacles that have undermined people’s efforts in promoting unification between the Mainland and Taiwan.


Roughly the public survey result revealed the following information:


First, people in Taiwan, like all others from everywhere in the world, anticipate a stable and secure living environment and a better quality of life, and they don’t want wars and conflicts; second, the survey result apparently confronts some of the misleading claims such as the one of “ Pro-the Chinese Mainland means selling Taiwan”; third, it uncovers a fact that the real problem that has been affecting people’s efforts in promoting unification does not lie in the people themselves, rather, it lies in certain group of people especially some politicians in Taiwan - more precisely, it lies in whether there are politicians in Taiwan who have the conviction, capacity, and willingness to lead the Taiwan people toward unification.


Certain Taiwan-independence groups and forces have attempted to rouse the public mood against the Mainland by misleading the public to believe that the Mainland narrowed Taiwan’s development space, and should be blamed for the worsening economic situation in Taiwan, while having tended to blurring the root causes why the Mainland limited Taiwan’s acting space.


In addition, there are some political elites in Taiwan, who are afraid of having their own convictions and stances concerning the Cross-strait relations in longer terms, mostly because they don’t seem to be certain about whether their stances are right or wrong and whether their stances can last. 


In either of the two cases above, those forces and politicians acted mainly as a matter of their own interests, and of their political status and power, rather than of the interests of Taiwan and the Taiwan people.


People’s expectations have roughly been the same - they want a secure living environment and a better standard of life, enjoy good education, and pursue and fulfill their dreams etc. Closer engagement and communication with the Mainland toward unification should be the best and most reliable approach to enable Taiwan people to achieve their small and big goals, and for the Taiwan island to have a long-term stability and prosperity.


As far as the people in Taiwan will be able to have a better and secure future through uniting with the Mainland; and most importantly, the mainland and Taiwan enjoy the same history, culture and some good tradition, what is the point for them to refuse unification? 


However, the current situation in Taiwan is that certain group of politicians and forces there, for their personal interests, have constantly attempted to mislead the public and drive Taiwan to a wrong direction by cutting the linkages between Taiwan and the Mainland in cultural and historical terms especially.


Unfortunately for these forces, even though they have tried hard to misdirect the public, the mainstream public opinion poll once again proved the failure of their attempts.


Then this piece couldn’t help to raise this question - which kind of leadership do Taiwan and the Taiwan people need in order to overcome the above obstacles that have undermined people’s efforts in seeking unification?


They need a strong leader (a strong leader doesn’t mean an authoritarian), who should be capable of bringing people hope, of accommodating people’s needs, of having a good reputation within the political parties and among the people, of shouldering the responsibilities of leading Taiwan toward the right direction of seeking unification. Simply put, Taiwan and the Taiwan people need a leader who will be able to make history together with the Mainland. Then, the name of this leadership will be written into the history of China, and of the world, in a positive way. Where is this leadership now?


The unification of Taiwan and the Mainland will also greatly rely on the active participation of the current young generations from both Taiwan and the Mainland. The survey result indicated that younger generations generally hold a more active and positive attitude toward the deepening engagement and communication between the Mainland and Taiwan, and appear to be more open-minded toward the changes in today’s world. They will be expected to bear more responsibilities in promoting the closer exchanges and communication in all range of areas between the Mainland and Taiwan, and finally to contribute to the great undertaking of unification.




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