Opinion

Taiwan gave out millions of votes last Saturday in pursuit of a peaceful democracy.

A year ago, re-elected President Tsai Ing-Wen was in a difficult position and the polls showed her to be 20 points behind her pro-Beijing rival, Han Kuo-yu, who was seeking closer relations with Beijing, the Chinese Communist regime.

The result of this year’s election then has huge implications and results in a fierce slap in the face to Beijing.

According to analysts, the result sends a clear message of rejection to the Chinese regime. Voters reject the ‘superpower’ despite misinformation, meddling, a flood of cash, and even threats.

“Taiwan is showing the world how much we appreciate our free and democratic way of life,” Tsai said, adding that she hoped China would appreciate it if her nation did not give in to “threats and intimidation.”

While Taiwan enjoys democracy, freedom, and the rule of law, this makes it a nuisance for the dictatorial regime in Beijing, which sees Taiwan as a ‘rogue island’ that needs to be reunited with the homeland because of its historical origins.

But what caused Tsai’s resounding triumph? According to the British website inews, the key factor was Hong Kong, as the president supported the pro-democracy protests in that region, which escalated last June, and even sheltered dozens of demonstrators who managed to escape.

According to inews, Tsai stoked this fire by taking advantage of the fears of Taiwanese citizens being included in China, added to the claims of interference after unmasking a Chinese spy.

The Chinese regime promoted the “one country, two systems” model agreed after the end of British rule in Hong Kong as a template for “peaceful reunification” with the mainland, wanting to include Taiwan in its plans.

Thus it spent generously on scholarships and startup funds to seduce young Taiwanese.

At the same time, he organized open military demonstrations as a reminder of his power while making threats of invasion if the island dared to move toward formal independence.

The Communists see what they call “reunification” as their “historical task.”

Yet polls show that young people in Taiwan, like those brave demonstrators dressed in black on the streets of Hong Kong with gas masks and umbrellas, are strongly opposed to joining the Chinese communist regime.

Their fears are intensified as the Chinese regime increases repression, reduces political space, harasses religious minorities in concentration camps, and unleashes a surveillance system that uses the latest technology to monitor its citizens.

Taiwanese citizens, like most people in Hong Kong, have shown an admirable determination to resist the rule of China’s one-party regime, which is entirely understandable.

However, this also increases the risk that any one place will become a point of global conflict.

According to analysts, China’s high-pressure tactics have failed, but they will certainly not abandon their objectives.

“The greatest threat we face in the next century comes from China,” U.S. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) told the Miami Herald. “Now it’s Hong Kong, then it’ll be Taiwan and soon the United States,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, social repression is on the rise in mainland China, where practitioners of the spiritual discipline known as Falun Gong or Falun Dafa are being tortured and killed en masse for refusing to renounce their faith and adhere to single-minded communism.

Followers of Christianity, Islam, and other minorities also live in a state of siege, surrounded by detention camps and constantly monitored by the authorities. “Facial recognition has become ubiquitous, allowing for new forms of social control. The suppression of speech on the Internet has only become more severe,” Bloomberg said.

Demonstrations in the semi-autonomous administrative region of Hong Kong began with the opposition of  a controversial extradition bill to China, but ended up leading to anti-government protests over alleged Communist Party interference on the island.

In 1989, a series of rallies led by Chinese students who demanded democracy and freedom also took place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, and ended up being repressed by the communist regime in blood and fire, leaving an unknown number of innocent people dead, which could have been hundreds or thousands.

The prosperous democracy of Taiwan is the perfect answer and a clear message to the Communist Party that—for years—has been repressing and intimidating the Taiwanese.

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