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Taiwan Chinese Excellence – Status Quo

Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists lost the Chinese Civil war (1949) against the Mao Zedong’s Communist Party of China and retreated to Taiwan, an island 180km off the coast of mainland China. This story of the two Chinas is defining the ideological convergence of socialism and capitalism and communism and democracy in a rearranging world order.

Taiwan measures 384 km in length and 144 km in width. It is a developed country of 23 million people who are considered a modern, sophisticated society, dignified, respectful, industrious, and enterprising and at peace.

Photo: 32 journalists from around every region of the world were invited to partake in celebrating their 104th National Day of ROC and to experience the country, its traditions, history, culinary arts and its people.

This, they say, can be attributed to Chiang Kai-shek who together with his wife Soong May-ling promoted Chinese morality preserving Chinese culture and tradition of polite behaviour, healthy living, art and wellbeing. It seems Taoism, the teachings of Confucius and the philosophy of Feng Shui has brought about a serenity and order that has led to stability and prosperity.

 

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Celebrating their 104th National Day, Ma Ying-jeou (KMT), President of the Republic of China (ROC) referred to the improving social indicators in wealth distribution, income, tax and health in his National Day Address on October 10th 2015. He highlighted the public safety environment, ranked No.2 in the world, a 40% decrease in criminal offences and a 20 year low in traffic deaths were some of the achievements amongst many others of the ROC under his administration.

Today 40% of Taiwan’s trade is carried out with mainland China, tourism from the PRC has increased 10 fold numbering nearly 14 million, 23 cooperation agreements have been signed and the number of flights between 60 cities in China connecting 10 cities in Taiwan has increased to 800.

66 years after the two sides came under separate government the Status Quo policy adopted by the current KMT government has seen, “‘the situation in the Taiwan Straits is more peaceful and prosperous than it has ever been,” said Ma urging for the continuation of the policy.

General Elections early in 2016 have polled the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the lead. If the DPP are victorious Tsai Ing-wen will become Taiwan’s first female president. Will she maintain the status quo?

 

 

 

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