Shift in political attitude noted among Taiwanese
A shift in political attitude among the Taiwanese was noted in a November 13-15, 2017, poll. After the opening address to the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress by Chinese leader Xi Jinping (October 18-24, 2017), 29% of Taiwanese now have a “favorable feeling” towards Xi Jinping, 39% have “no feeling either way” and 19.9% “feel aversion” towards him.
The nearly 10-point difference shows a tremendous shift in attitude towards China and its autocratic leadership.
A November 19, 2017, Taiwanese commentary notes that Taiwanese public opinion about the way Tsai Ing-wen is handling relations between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland from 2016 to 2017 has also shifted by a big margin. In 2016, 48% were dissatisfied with her way of handling the relations and in 2017, 56% are dissatisfied, 47% now question to appropriateness of Tsai Ing-wen’s policy towards the Chinese mainland, 40% of the public are willing to go to the Chinese mainland to work, and 38% of parents are willing to send their children to the Chinese mainland to study.
Taiwan’s TVBS poll of 808 responses out of 947 potential respondents contacted with 139 refusals or 14.6779% refusal rate conducted on November 17-18, 2017, shows that 28% are satisfied with Tsai Ing-wen’s performance, 49% are dissatisfied with her performance, and 23% have “no opinion”. Among politically neutral voters, 23% are satisfied with her performance and 48% are dissatisfied. This shows a continuing drop in support for Tsai Ing-wen and a shift towards having “no opinion”. Even public opinion about her second choice for chief cabinet minister Lai Ching-wen who took office on September 8, 2017, is only 45% “satisfied” with his performance, 25% “dissatisfied” with him and 30% have “no opinion”. Among those who are politically neutral, satisfaction with Lai Ching-de is at 43%.
Xi Jinping essentially ended the past political attitude of the Chinese Communist regime towards Taiwan and shifted gears from a “passive unification campaign” to an “active unification campaign”, forcing Taiwan into “passive self preservation” in face of the Chinese Communist regime’s “active” campaign showing the Taiwanese the regime’s resolve in achieve prosperity, in creating a middle class society, and in offering sociopolitical inducements to young Taiwanese to go to the Chinese mainland to study and work and be creative and innovative. This inducement campaign has been launched against the backdrop of the anti-China brainwashing of the young Taiwanese conducted by Tsai Ing-wen’s government of her Democratic Progressive Party since May 20, 2016.
Indeed, young Taiwanese see no future in Taiwan, and they see no future in their personal development and achievement of their ambitions.
An economic review of Taiwan’s economic growth notes that the Taiwanese are not alarmed by the fact that Taiwan lags behind in global economic development. Taiwan has a serious brain drain problem and unclear policy to stimulate industrial transformation. Taiwan seems to be unable to boost its economic growth dynamics.
The most recent expression of Taiwanese political pundits is “Taiwan du zui”, which can be interpreted to mean “Taiwan drunk alone”, “intoxicated by Taiwan independence” or “intoxicated by its own myopic outlook”.
A Taiwanese commentator is urging the Taiwanese to wake up and drop the Cold War mentality of political confrontation. He cites a November 13, 2017, data on the number of supercomputers in the world with China now surpassing the United States in the number of supercomputers. China now has 202 supercomputers and the United States has 143 with Japan following third with 35 supercomputers.
The political agenda and emotionally charged anti-China propaganda of Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party’s government is being seen as leading Taiwan towards hopeless self destructive demise while the Chinese mainland under the leadership of Xi Jinping is offering hope and a future for the Taiwanese.
Indeed, the Taiwanese have been politically intoxicated by the political agenda and the political drug of Taiwan independence, and now, more people are making comparisons and seeing the contrast of doom versus prosperity and gloom versus hope.
While Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party’s government offers doom and gloom, Xi Jinping’s one party autocracy offers prosperity and hope.
Taiwanese pundits are asking: Which side would you choose? Doom and gloom or hope and prosperity?