Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Chen the Fox or the Bulldog?



Is Chen Shui-Bian a Bully? or a cunning fox?

With his latest ploy to cool the recent "china fever" by investigating unauthorized contact with PR China, and with his wish to attend the Pope's funeral, is Mr. Chen trying to reach new grounds in the PRC - ROC conflict. We have seen Mr. Chen's controversies before - but have they reached new hights? Should we be afraid?

Although many Mainland Chinese despise Mr. Chen, what is your view of this charismatic person?

Where will his vociferous and daring comments lead Taiwan?

With Mr. Chen's provocative nature, you are encouraged to follow suit on your comments. Xie xie.

4 comments:

Jonathan Dresner said...

It doesn't seem to me that what Chen is doing is much more than responding, rhetorically, to the anti-secession legislation, and it doesn't seem to me that the legislation is much more than another round of table-pounding. There have been so many cycles of this, that I would want to see some really hard analysis showing a qualitative difference to this exchange. Both sides are not doing much more than reiterating their position, and both of them have iterated their positions so long that they need to find new and different ways to do it or nobody pays any attention.

Chen's investigations have the salutary effect, from his perpsective, of taking a bite (using that fox/dog metaphor) out of the GMD, but that's about it.

cookiesap on-line said...

I think you have a good point about the "round of table-pounding", but looking at it the same way a scientist would look at waves, frequencies and all that, makes me wonder whether THIS round has been longer, more vociferous, or as you said, 'just another one'.
Chen might not start another conflict or war, but he certainly polarizes the region, towards making Taiwan's adversaries look even worse. Won't that have an effect on the future?
There's constructive criticism, and then there's the criticism which starts has more violent results...

Looking forward to your comments ...

ps. your blog is very interesting .. let's share links!

Chin-fu Hung said...

Although there is no immediate change across the Taiwan straits, there is indeed subtle change taking place in a steady and gradual manner, particularly in the socio-economic sphere. However, there is still deadlock in the political domain becasue the growing Taiwanese identity will not tolerate the "unrealistic" political arrange under "one China principle" and the "One Country, Two Systems". As a result, some commentators will simply regard everything from both sides of the Straits are reiterating its own positions and accompaning policies.

Given there is different wording about the dinifition of one China from the PRC's side, stil, the preface of the PRC constitution upholds the communist government as the central leaders and Taiwan a local, or special governing status. To most Taiwanese people, they don't want to be ruled again under undemocratic regime like the communist one unless they are forced to.

Comments welcome.

cookiesap on-line said...

has Mr.Chen been in an alliance with pro-china business groups? please explain, yoshi....