WSJ Sees the Tree, but Not the Forest

  1. Taipei Fault Lines: Ma Ying-jeou can’t mollify China all the time.

The Sept 2. Opinion Asia of Wall Street Journal, through Dalai Lama’s visit, seems to see one problem of Ma’s policy: the one-sided appeasement and kowtowing to China does not benefit Taiwan overall.  Once again, it shows how Dalai Lama is like a “light.”  A lot of problems of Ma’s policy is revealed by the visit.  But I cannot help but wonder if WSJ only sees the tree, but not the forest, because of the last paragraph:

Compared to past threats and protests from Beijing as the Dalai Lama visited other countries, China’s behavior this time is tame in some respects. Even so, it is difficult not to wish that Mr. Ma would meet with the Dalai Lama himself. Whatever fallout there may be from China in the short term, in the long term he will be doing a great service to both Beijing and Taiwan—by reminding Chinese leaders that the Taiwanese people will refuse to compromise their political freedoms even as economic and commercials ties with the mainland flourish.

I find it a bit naive, a bit too much wishful thinking.  It seems WSJ still has some hope for Ma, thus suggesting to the long term benefits of Taiwan (and China), he should have meet with Dalai Lama.  WSJ seems to think that the only reason Ma did not want to meet with Daila Lama is because he wants to avoid angering China.

That of course, would be the conclusion if one only focus on this Daila Lama visit and the so-called “warming” relation and the so-called “flourishing economic ties” between China and Taiwan.  However, like I mentioned before, this is probably just the tree.  If one can see through the fog created by the pan-blue media, pulls the view point back a bit, and looks at what Ma has done and said, over the past 1 year, one might come to suspect that Ma is not just avoiding angering China, but on the road of annexation (intentionally and unintentionally). 

If one pulls the view even further back, and look at his past career and what he did when he was a student in Harvard, one realizes such conclusion by WSJ, and indeed those by a lot of of other western media on Ma, are perhaps too hopeful and naive.  “This man,” Ma Ying-jeou, is a lot worse than those journalists know.


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