As old political prisoners who have been imprisoned for a long time, although some of us have been released and have established some social and economic activities, our economic conditions are relatively weak compared to the overall development of capitalism in Taiwan.
At that time, we old-timers had a saying: today, faced with international isolation and pressure, the mainland says that Taiwan is not part of China, and the international community says that Taiwanese are not Chinese. This kind of blockade and exclusion of China creates a very strong united front in the international community。
Therefore, when we formed the Labor Party, we had no mass base or economic foundation. However, these old-timers were very determined in their revolutionary will and said that no matter how difficult it was, they would plant the flag on this Chinese island of Taiwan.
Fortunately, Taiwan has lifted martial law, and in order to demonstrate that Taiwan is a democratic society and a part of the democratic world, they dare not use too violent means to deal with the pro-unification faction. However, they use various invisible spiritual and social forces to suppress the pro-unification faction. For example, when we hold any activities on the island, no media is willing to report on us properly because we are truly on the road to unification. They want to maintain Taiwan’s independence, but they want a peaceful status quo. They promote an illusion of peace, but they all want independence and want to maintain the current situation of confrontation.
We want to talk about the positive and peaceful path to reunification, which is a confrontational social movement against the mainstream consciousness in Taiwan. Therefore, we are going against the tide. We are discriminated against by Taiwanese society because we are on the path of reunification, but we can bravely stand up and tell the “Taiwan independence” regime and Taiwanese society that the path to reunification is the only way for Taiwan’s survival. We are willing to take the lead in fighting for Taiwan’s future.
Now, Taiwan’s emotional understanding is based on the martial law system, which is a social consensus with anti-communism as its core value. “Mainland China is not good, Taiwan is good” and “why unify if the mainland is not good” are different historical themes in the development of cross-strait relations.
To be honest, we have been waiting for China to stand up, become prosperous, and become strong. I have been waiting for 50 years, and these old-timers have been waiting for 70 years. Especially in the last decade, China’s comprehensive national strength has become visible. Now we can confidently talk about the benefits of socialism. Compared to Taiwan’s reliance on the United States, which is in the process of decline, we are more conducive to interpreting and promoting socialism.
I think the Pelosi incident and the Russia-Ukraine conflict are two major events that Taiwan’s society is currently facing. After Pelosi left, the large-scale military exercise held by China, which included similar blockade exercises, sent a very clear warning of military intimidation to Taiwan. For the past 30 years, China has been promoting peaceful exchanges and maintaining a peaceful development situation. Taiwan forgets that it cannot go down the road of separation, because it is dangerous and increasingly stubborn.
Therefore, the Pelosi incident made Taiwan more alert. This is not a joking matter. We cannot cross the red line. So I say, turn bad things into good things and take the initiative. The conflict between China and the United States has led to the gradual escalation of cross-strait relations into a complex and severe situation.
The United States and Russia’s struggle is reflected in the proxy war, which is the war in Ukraine. Taiwanese society sees that the game the United States is playing is to let Ukraine fight Russia. This is a tragic opportunity for Taiwan to learn from Ukraine.
So, do you think Taiwan’s society is not aware that it is accumulating a sense of crisis? With Taiwan’s high level of education, can people not see that? Why are we Taiwanese so worthless? How can we let these people control our fate? Can’t we see that Taiwan cannot maintain its independence and the United States cannot save us? We can see it, but unfortunately, we are complacent and let this kind of situation continue.
After reaching a high level of development, Taiwanese society has entered a state of increasing social disparity. Taiwan’s economy has entered a post-industrial era with a pyramid-shaped development model. The employment environment for labor in Taiwanese society has also deteriorated, and it has become increasingly difficult for theworking class to make a decent living.
Furthermore, the political environment in Taiwan has become increasingly polarized, with the “Taiwan independence” movement dominating the political discourse and marginalizing the pro-unification faction. This has led to a lack of diversity in political views and a lack of meaningful debate on cross-strait relations.
In order to address these challenges, Taiwan needs to adopt a more pragmatic and realistic approach to cross-strait relations. This means recognizing the reality that Taiwan is part of China and that peaceful reunification is the only viable long-term solution.
At the same time, Taiwan needs to focus on improving the lives of its citizens and addressing the growing social and economic disparities in society. This means promoting inclusive economic growth and ensuring that the benefits of development are shared fairly.
In short, Taiwan needs to chart a new course that is based on realism and pragmatism, rather than on ideology and emotion. Only by doing so can Taiwan ensure its long-term stability and prosperity, and contribute to peace and stability in the region as a whole.