Political Stockholm syndrome
A free lance Taiwanese cultural commentator says that the Taiwanese middle class suffers from political Stockholm syndrome, and that there is fear that Taiwan’s anti-fascism movements will be suppressed by the new Democratic Progressive Party to be in government after president-elect Tsai Ing-wen who will also retain her DPP chairmanship is inaugurated on May 20, 2016 as Taiwan’s first female president.
Taiwan’s first student movement known as the Wild Lilly Student Movement from March 16 to March 22, 1990, ushered in Taiwan’s full democratization. It is described as an anti-fascism movement against authoritarianism of the Kuomintang government, and that then president Lee Deng-hui agreed to meet with student representatives, agreed to the students’ demands, and allowed the full democratization of Taiwan. The subsequent Sunflower Student Movement from March 18 to April 10, 2014, was against the incumbent president Ma Ying-jeiu’s “black box” dealings with the Chinese Communist regime concerning the “service trade agreement” which the student protest has successfully but only temporarily halted.
There are three sets of Chinese lyrics for the song “Do you hear the people sing?” from Les Miserables. The Taiwanese lyrics sung in Taiwanese (Hokkien) talk about political enslavement. The Cantonese lyrics sung in Hong Kong talk about “awakening to the hope for freedom and democracy”. A Mandarin lyric written in simplified Chinese characters talks about welcoming the “Red flag”.
On March 5, 2016, both the Chinese Communist regime’s president Xi Jinping and premier Li Keqiang reiterated that the “1992 consensus” must be the basis for cross Strait relations. Yet, on February 25, 2016, at the CSIS in Washington D.C., Chinese Communist regime’s foreign minister Wang Yi said that in regards to cross Strait relations, president-elect Tsai Ing-wen and her DPP should abide by “their own constitution” which specifically states that there is “one China.” He did not mention the “1992 consensus”.
This comment is now referred to as “xian fa yi zhong” or “constitutionally one China”. It seems that both Xi Jingping and Li Keqiang have come out on March 5, 2016, refuting their own foreign minister, and insisting that the basic principle for cross Strait relations is still the “1992 consensus” and insisting on an adamant stance against Taiwan independence.
While the damn Chinese Communists spew out such filth, the Taiwanese are minding their own business, electing and welcoming their first female president, and the newly elected majority DPP legislators are conducting their legislative duties with colorful rhetoric.
Taiwan’s anti-fascism student movements were against authoritarianism of the Kuomintang. The people of Taiwan face serious economic development problems, they want to maintain the status quo as does president-elect Tsai Ing-wen, and to them, “no unification, no independence and no war” are the popular consensus. The DPP’s legislative caucus has decided on March 5, 2016, not to submit for subcommittee review the “two nations” version regarding rules for cross Strait affairs submitted by the New Power Party of Huang Kuo-chang and ex-punk rocker Freddy Lim. The DPP has therefore been accused of backing down from its adamant proclamation of sovereignty and its pro-Taiwan independence stance, and has cowardly adopted the Kuomintang version which the DPP had adamantly blocked.
Is all of this political Stockholm syndrome?