Cheng Xiang commented on a mainland military website proposing a “forced unification” of Taiwan, under the premise that peace and unification is not possible and the cost of armed unification is too high, a set of programs to force unification by force, similar to the model of peaceful liberation of Beiping, in order to solve the Taiwan issue.
This concept of “forced unification” advocates the implementation of a series of combined and comprehensive means to force Taiwan to unify with the mainland before the implementation of armed unification. These tactics range from political and economic to technological tourism, from blacklisting to blocking the Strait and occupying the outer islands, and so on.
I would like to know what other means the Chinese Communist Party has not used for reunification, besides blocking the Strait and occupying the outer islands. In fact, there is no such thing as “forced reunification”. The blockade and the occupation of the outer islands belong to military reunification, while the rest are in the category of peaceful reunification. If you mix the two together, it cannot be called the third way, but still the original two ways that did not work.
Even if there is a third way to “force unification,” will the Beiping model work?
There is no comparison between Beiping in 1949 and Taiwan today. In 1949, the Kuomintang had already lost its power, and Fu Zuoyi’s Beiping was surrounded by the Communist army, leaving only two options: to be destroyed and to surrender. If Fu Zuoyi did not surrender, he would have been martyred and sent hundreds of thousands of national troops into the tiger’s mouth, leaving the monuments of Beijing to go up in flames. Fu Zuoyi’s choice to surrender was a wise one for both public and private purposes.
What is the situation of Taiwan today? Taiwan has long been on firm footing, with democratic elections and political party rotation, its people enjoy full freedom, the rule of law is being improved, and human rights are guaranteed. Taiwan’s democratic transformation is internationally renowned, and its high technology has captivated the world.
Today, not only does Taiwan have the full support of the United States, but also the Western democratic powers regard Taiwan as a democratic friend. Recently, the United States, the European Union, Japan and South Korea have all reached a high level of consensus on peace in the Taiwan Strait, and no country will stand by if the Chinese Communist Party dares to use force. With Taiwan’s internal unity and the support of its external friends, Taiwan will never face a desperate situation as Fu Zuoyi did. Taiwan people enjoy democratic life and are willing to fight to the death to protect their homeland. They are just at the end of their tether.
The mainland economist Wu Jinglian recently said that the country has been raising experts who can only “make up words”, which is a true statement. The so-called “forced unification” is also just a “whole word” to please the public.