Saturday, September 26, 2015

A sticker for independence?

Yesterday some pro-Taiwan independence supporters protested in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Bureau of Consular Affairs office. They demanded that a stick of “Republic of Taiwan” be put on the cover of “Republic of China” passport. It seemed that the independence of Taiwan would become a reality by so doing. Anyone with a sensible mind, even those in favor of the independence of this island, would know that such act meant nothing but called media attention.

Ironically speaking, albeit they deny themselves Chinese, what they have done is absolutely Chinese.

In 1921, Lu Xun (1881-1936) published a novella titled The True Story of Ah Q, which was later acclaimed as a classic profoundly characterizing Chinese. Ah Q, the antihero, represents ordinary Chinese who, as observed by Lu Xun, would look for paradoxical reasons to console themselves whenever they meet troubles instead of working positively to solve problems.

We do not encourage pro-Taiwan independence movement supporters following examples of Mao Zedong or Fidel Castro to stage armed rebellion against existing ruling power; however, we also do not believe that a political objective can be achieved inexpensively in such a manner.

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