On January 11th is Taiwan’s general election day, DPP leader Tsai Ing-wen and the vice presidential candidate far surpassed the KMT candidate, Kaohsiung Mayor Han Yu and his partner Zhang Sunzheng with more than 8 million votes. Earlier in the day, VOA reporters randomly interviewed several citizens on the streets of Beijing and asked them to talk about their views on Taiwan’s election and democratic system. Some citizens reacted indifferently to the elections in Taiwan, while others said that the current ideological level of the mainland people still needs to be improved before they are suitable for implementing a democratic system of free elections.

Reporter: Who do you hope to run for president?
A: I still hope that the KMT can be in power.
Reporter: Why?
Passerby: Because at least he can still support the one-China principle.

Mr. Liu (pharmaceutical industry): If you look forward to it, the KMT.
Reporter: Why is it the Kuomintang?
Mr. Liu: Because you are not too optimistic about Minjin and Tsai Ing-wen.

Mr. Han (retired employee of a public institution): Hanguo Yu.
Reporter: Why is he?
Mr. Han: I think he should have a stronger sense of identification with the mainland. At least he thought he was a Chinese.

Reporter: Which party do you want to be in power?

Ms. Shi (physical education teacher): I don’t know this, you have to ask others.

Reporter: Have you heard of Tsai Ing-wen?
Mr. Zhang (farmer in the suburbs of Beijing): I have heard of it.
Reporter: Which political party does Tsai Ing-wen know?
Mr. Zhang: She is not a unit with China. She leads all day… against China.

Reporter: Who do you want to be in power?
Passer-by: This…I don’t usually follow this news.
Reporter: Are you not concerned about the future development of Taiwan?
Passer-by: Peace of the motherland is good.

Reporter: Do you care about the elections in Taiwan?
Passerby C: Hahaha…I’m sorry.

Reporter: Do you think cross-strait relations are serious enough to break out of war?
Passerby: Maybe not, maybe not. After all, they can’t beat us either.
Reporter: Have you ever voted?
Passerby: No.
Reporter: Does China currently have no voting system?
Passerby: Yes.
Reporter: Yes, why haven’t you voted?
Passerby: China… Which aspect are you talking about?
Reporter: It means elections.
Passerby: I voted, I thought you said Taiwan.

Mr. Zhang (farmer in the suburbs of Beijing): We don’t know who is and who should be in the election. You just need to say who you choose. You are like the Beijing Municipal Government who wants to choose, we ordinary people don’t know.

Reporter: (Democratic universal suffrage) Taiwan has implemented it for at least 20 years.
Mr. Liu (pharmaceutical industry): So their development is not as good as the mainland.
Reporter: In what way is it better than the mainland?
Mr. Liu: Regardless of the economic aspect, this is very obvious, the economic aspect.

Mr. Ge (Trash removal contractor): So many people can’t vote, right? It’s impossible for everyone to vote. Just find a representative. Just like the village secretary can’t say that every household can Only one household can vote.

Ms. Shi (physical education teacher): I think that the common people in China cannot reach that kind. There are so many powers just like me. I don’t know, I don’t care. You give him this right, and he is not like every foreigner. People are very autonomous and demand my right. I think many people don’t have this concept.

Mr. Han (Retired employee of a public institution): This democratic system, Western democracy, and Taiwan’s electoral system is linked to Western democracy. I personally think it has its strengths and may be implemented. Similarly, it may have something to do with the consciousness, ideological level, and civilization of the entire nation.

In recent years, democratic elections have increasingly become a very sensitive topic in China. The official Xinhua News Agency issued a brief news of only a few dozen words on this historic election on Saturday, stating that Tsai Ing-wen was re-elected as “leader of the Taiwan region.”

(According to the interview video, the interviewee’s views do not represent VOA)


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