On Saturday, January 11, President Tsai Ing-wen, who is a member of the Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party, defeated the Kuomintang opponent Han Yu and was re-elected with high votes. In the election of Taiwan’s Legislative Council, the Democratic Progressive Party also won the majority of seats in the Kuomintang. At the same time, Beijing issued a warning that it has consistently opposed any form of Taiwan independence; Tsai Ing-wen’s re-election will increase the instability of the situation in the Taiwan Strait. Our reporter interviewed several Chinese people in the Los Angeles area and talked about their reactions to the Taiwan election.
Tsai Ing-wen, who received more than 8.17 million votes, became the most popularly elected president of the Republic of China. Regarding this election, which has received high international attention, the Western media unanimously stated that the result was “Taiwan voters said no to Beijing.” The New York Times said that this was Tsai Ing-wen’s “good luck” and it benefited from “Beijing’s silly”.
Lin Zhanjiang, a mainlander living in Los Angeles, told the Voice of America: “In fact, from the presidential election in Taiwan, we have seen again that Beijing is used to looking down on the world, looking from top to bottom, not the other way around. Their thinking is only about themselves as governing The wishes of people do not look at others, especially the needs of the people. Therefore, the policies they make are always the product of their own wishful thinking.”
Reuters said that Tsai Ing-wen’s victory was even worse for China, because in November, Hong Kong residents had a record high voter turnout in the Hong Kong District Council elections to an overwhelming victory for pro-democracy candidates.
A Chinese system official told VOA anonymously: “The Taiwan elections and the previous Hong Kong District Council elections are against the wishes of mainland China. In addition to the lack of united front work and intelligence work, more importantly, the lack of systematic strategic vision… …Hong Kong could have not implemented one country, two systems. The reason for making such a promise is to give Taiwan a model role. However…”
Gina, who was waiting for take-out at a Sichuan restaurant in the Chinese district of Los Angeles, told VOA: “This election result makes me feel at ease and relieved to my family in Taiwan.”
Gina also told VOA that her sister Sharon is working in education in Taiwan and is now “very happy”. Before the vote for the election, Sharon wrote on her social media account: “The CCP has promised to skip votes in Hong Kong for 20 years. If the Taiwan pro-China faction is accidentally elected, 20 years later, my son will be the age of a passionate youth… …”
Charlie Lin, a Hong Kong resident living in California, told the Voice of America: “Tsai Ing-wen’s victory shows the warning of the Hong Kong anti-transmission movement to Taiwanese. Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party kept reminding Taiwanese people about Hong Kong people during the election period. The situation, and the distrust of one country, two systems, and at the rallying conference also shouted support for Hong Kong people several times, saying that Hong Kong people have worked hard. I believe that the situation in Hong Kong has a great effect on Tsai Ing-wen’s victory.”
The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council of China said in a statement on Saturday that it will always adhere to “one country, two systems” with Taiwan; this is the model for Beijing to rule Hong Kong, which enjoys a high degree of autonomy.
Gobi Dong, a current political observer based in Los Angeles, told VOA that Beijing is fishing in troubled waters on the so-called unification and independence issue; the so-called “Taiwan independence” is a false proposition. For the Republic of China, it has been overthrown by foreign forces and has the right to regain its ownership of China; for the CCP, it represents the Soviet Union’s overthrow of the Republic of China, and now it is looking forward to annexing that free and democratic territory that they cannot accept. .
Gobidong told VOA: “Dictatorship and democracy, occupation and anti-occupation have always been harsh realities (that Taiwan faces). This is war, not a dispute of opinions within a democratic society; it concerns whether the 23 million people will Will lose the democratic system, will it enter the autocratic system.”
Tsai Ing-wen said at the post-election international press conference: “Democratic Taiwan and a democratically elected government will not succumb to threats and intimidation; mutual respect and benign interaction between the two sides of the strait conform to the interests and expectations of each other’s people.”
After the DPP won this election, Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of China’s Global Times, said in a comment: “If Tsai Ing-wen and the DPP are to take Taiwan in the opposite direction, they will definitely be cast aside by the society on both sides of the strait. And the historical sinners who ultimately received retribution.”
In this regard, a well-known mainland commentator Fang Zhouzi retorted on social media: “Ms. Cai was elected with a high vote. Editor-in-Chief Hu was just a reprimand and warning that 57% of Taiwan compatriots were enemies.”
Some mainland netizens said on social media, “Tsai Ing-wen’s re-election promise is very specific: school is free; medical treatment only pays NT$1 registration fee; college students have a minimum monthly salary of NT$31,000; poor families provide free electricity and water; people buy a house without interest for three years… …Without this doctrine and theory, let alone dreaming.”
Former Taiwan Vice President Annette Lu once told VOA: “Politics that conform to the will of the people are good politics.”