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Chinese Communist Pary Media War on Taiwan Student Movement
The Taiwanese student protest movement
against it’s governments trade pact continues.
President Ma Ying-jeou has once again
agreed to students’ requests for dialogue.
China’s state-run media has also recognised the
movement with numerous articles and reports.
Taiwan’s students movement is unlikely to be an easy
topic for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to address.
On March 26, President Ma Ying-jeou again
expressed his willingness to invite student
representatives to the Presidential Building.
This meeting would be to conduct an open and
transparent dialogue in the presence of the media.
Since Taiwanese students launched a protest
against the govermnents trade pact, CCP
state run media reports have been intriguing.
Some suggest the Democratic Progressive
Party (DDP) as behind the student movement.
Other openly refer to former CCP leader’s quote,
in buying Taiwan with economic cooperation.
Liu Yiming, former reporter, China Magazine:
“The first priority for the Chinese state media is about
politically correct reporting, to meet the CCP’s demand.
Taiwanese student protests against the
trade pact will surely be frightening the CCP.
The protests are standing against total reliance on China,
which would otherwise allow the CCP to control Taiwan.”
Taiwanese students initiated the protests in objection
to the ‘black box’ approach that their government
undertook in signing the agreement with the CCP.
China’s state-controlled CCTV interviewed a
controversial Taiwanese figure; former legislator Chiu Yi.
Chiu Yi said that the sunflowers at the podium of the
Legislative Yuan, along with the students, were bananas.
He also claims those bananas were from the opposition
party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and
it is the DPP that has instructed the student protest.
Chiu Yi’s word have attracted criticized.
Zhou Zhirong, China’s Democracy Party member:
“The CCP media coverage of international
events are to ensure it’s dictatorship is not shaken.
If anything could trigger a domino effect
leading to the collapse of it’s authoritarian
regime, they will avoid reporting it.
As an example, all reports were unified about
the democracy movements in Hong Kong
and disputes between Ukraine and Russia.”
On February 21, state-controlled huanqiu.com published
an article titled, “Beijing buys Taiwan without firing a bullet”.
This quoted a former leader that, “it is both easier and
less expensive to ‘buy’ than to militarily conquer Taiwan.
Hence, Beijing has been steadily acting on this logic.”
The article also confirms that, “through economic means,
the pact serves as a political and united front operation”.
This Chinese article was originally a commentary on
WorldTribune.com entitled, “Beijing’s strategy to ‘buy’
Taiwan: Coerced unification without firing a shot.”
The article stated that, “indeed, Beijing’s approach
toward Taiwan has changed so much and so
quickly, that it seems to be catching observers
in both Taiwan and abroad dangerously off-guard.”
Liu Yiming: “This is the new strategy the
CCP has developed after so many years.
Hong Kong was supposedly meant to be a Special
Administrative Region with ‘one country, two systems’.
However, after being returned to China,
Hong Kong has been assimilated to the mainland.
It is coming under control by the CCP.
If Taiwan allows the CCP to treat Taiwan like it has
treated Hong Kong, the CCP will eventually control Taiwan.”
Hong Kong’s The Sun newspaper recently commented
that Beijing authorities are likely to be under great pressure
over the student movement in Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan.
“The current mainland situation is quite grim
with the division of rich and the poor growing.
There are problems with citizens and officials, from the
left or the right, with urban or rural problems, and mass
protests triggered by forced demolition and land grabbing.
Zhongnanhai is like sitting next to a powder keg.
The spread of Taiwan’s student movement
could detonate the entire powder keg.”
The article further analyzed that, “historically, the spillover
effects of the democratic movement have been obvious.
From the collapse of the Communist Party in Eastern
Europe to the Soviet Union, and the Arab Spring
movement in the Middle East and North Africa.
They are all examples.”
Zhou Zhirong: “The Beijing authorities are
in danger, and they are also on high alert.
Once the Chinese people follow these sorts of actions,
and once they take to the streets, the regime is finished.
That’s why they have tried everything
to defend it like defending the scourge.
The symptoms of the end of a ruling party are showing.”
CCP state-run media also published
a signed commentary on the March 25.
It declared that “the mainland must not restart
any trade pact negotiations with Taiwan”.
The article was critical, and further pressured Taiwan.
Some scholars have warned that protests against the
trade pact are a matter of life and death for Taiwan.
Interview & Edit/Tang Yin Post-Production/Sun Ning