Tsai bang­ing her head against a brick wall

China Daily (USA) - - VIEWS -

In a speech on Wednesday, Tsai Ing-wen re­ferred to the main­land as China in­stead of the Chi­nese main­land, which clearly con­firmed her de­nial of the 1992 Con­sen­sus on One China and un­veiled her in­ten­tion to sep­a­rate Tai­wan from the moth­er­land. Three ex­perts share their views on the is­sue with China Daily’s Yao Yuxin and Pan Yix­uan. Ex­cerpts fol­low: devel­op­ment and the liveli­hoods of Tai­wan res­i­dents. uses is ab­so­lutely in the main­land. Yin Cunyi, a pro­fes­sor at the In­sti­tute of Tai­wan Stud­ies, Ts­inghua Univer­sity with emerg­ing mar­kets.

How­ever, Tai­wan also in­tends to echo Wash­ing­ton’s eco­nomic coun­ter­mea­sures against the main­land’s econ­omy and ac­cel­er­ate dis­con­nect­ing the is­land’s in­dus­try from the main­land, en­hanc­ing its co­op­er­a­tion with the US not only in mil­i­tary ties but also in econ­omy col­lab­o­ra­tion in a bid to help strengthen com­pet­i­tive­ness.

But Tai­wan can­not aban­don the main­land mar­ket. The main­land is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a trans­for­ma­tion with in­evitable pain in ex­change for a bet­ter in­vest­ment en­vi­ron­ment and more ad­vanced eco­nomic model. The New South­bound pol­icy of the Tsai ad­min­is­tra­tion, which seeks co­op­er­a­tion with In­dia and South­east­ern Asian coun­tries, has failed since it was in­tro­duced and it will not suc­ceed what­ever si­t­u­a­tion Tai­wan is in. With ties of blood, a shared cul­ture and con­sid­er­able re­gional con­nec­tions, Tai­wan and the main­land will al­ways be a whole.

Be­sides, Wash­ing­ton seeks a more fa­vor­able trade pat­tern with the main­land through its trade war. When the two sides fi­nally find a so­lu­tion to their dis­pute, the Chi­nese main­land will reach a new phase of eco­nomic devel­op­ment.

If it de­pends on other pow­ers rather than the main­land, Tai­wan will miss a great forth­com­ing op­por­tu­nity for its eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion.


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