Tsai has mandate, but does she care for voters?

By Ye Qinglin Source:Global Times Published: 2016/10/9 19:23:39 Last Updated: 2016/10/9 21:48:39

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In the past year, no matter if it was in regard to the struggle between the blue camp and the green camp, or the case in which Hung Hsiu-chu was replaced by Eric Chu as the Kuomintang's candidate for Taiwan's "presidential" election, Taiwan politicians have regularly referenced the biblical story in which two women both claimed to be the mother of a child in front of King Solomon. They used this story to prove which party loves Taiwan more, the Kuomintang or the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) or who loves the KMT more, Chu or Hung.

Even Tsai Ing-wen cited the story when she introduced the farmers' subsidy policy. She said that the DPP has always stood beside the farmers and thought about their well-being; the DPP treated farmers like parents treating their children and did not want to see them hurt.

This sounds touching. But since May 20 when she was sworn in as the leader of Taiwan, she has turned a blind eye to the losses farmers suffer and the shaky tourism industry. When public sector workers, whom she regarded as key, took to the street to protest pension reforms, she responded with a cold shoulder and told them not to idle in the street.

Tsai always claimed that she was elected by 6.89 million voters and that she attached great importance to public opinions. But she has never acquiesced to the 1992 Consensus. She believes that as long as she serves the Taiwan public, even if it is lip service, the mainland will not go too far.

Indeed, the mainland has taken the well-being of the people of Taiwan into consideration. It has never issued any documents to restrict mainland tourists going to Taiwan or ban Taiwan agricultural products from being sold to the mainland.

By contrast, the DPP has allowed anti-mainland opinions to hurt the feelings of mainland people. This constitutes the reason why mainland tourists are reluctant to visit the island.

Even under this circumstance, tens of billions in investment from the mainland hopes to meet the relaxation of Taiwan's economic authorities so that it can help the island's stagnant economy.

The Tsai administration has ignored the mainland government's consideration for the Taiwan people and initiated confrontations between the two sides. To put it simply, she was just saying, "I don't admit the 1992 Consensus. So what? Dare you use force? The Taiwan people are my shelter."

Tsai is clear about the consequence of confronting the mainland - the economy will become more sluggish and the well-being of the people of Taiwan will be affected. She has a rich family background. Her family have business in the US and Japan and won't be affected, so she doesn't care about the life of the Taiwan people.

Who really loves Taiwan? Taiwan people should wake up. The pan-green Taiwan Indicators Survey Research published its latest survey on September 30, which shows a record high dissatisfaction rate with Tsai and Lin Chuan, head of Taiwan's executive authority. Tsai got 48.3 percent dissatisfaction rate and Lin 53 percent.

As a Taiwan netizen said, it is easy to shout out slogans, but what's next?

The author is a research fellow at the Taiwan and East Asia Research Center of Central China Normal University and chief reporter at Southeast TV. opinion@globaltimes.com.cn Follow us on Twitter @GTopinion



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