With the all out opening of trade, via air and sea, in the recent weeks across the Formosa Strait, and the panda politics this week, the true intention of the People's Republic of China and its politburo has yet to unfold. Despite what may seem like a "gesture of good will" and a "great leap forward" on closing in the two opposite political spectrum between the arch rivals, the question of the unification is still a very sensitive issue. It seems by the free exchange of trade and tourism, the hostility of a militaristic take over long envisioned by the P.R.C. may long be forgotten. Yet, what the P.R.C. failed to realize is the tenacity and resilience of the Taiwanese and its current government, Kuomintang, when it comes to the sovereignty of the Republic of China. Especially after the Japanese occupation and the retreat of K.M.T. to Taiwan in 1949, resisting thought control and uprooting the restriction on unequivocal human rights were and still are the two most important issues which Taiwanese relentlessly strive to uphold, albeit the often clash of violence, accusations, mass demonstrations and riots beseeching the reigning government. So, if China really is for a peaceful reunification it has to sincerely showcase its benevolence to the people of Taiwan, not undermining the issue with threat, accusation, defamation, imprisonment and execution of the many human rights advocates in China. To further showcase its goodwill, China should one day in the near future relinquish the thousands of missiles aiming to strike at Taiwan and ease up the dry and meaningless threat to the pro-independence group in Taiwan, whose only intention is to let the millions of voices to be heard at the international arena. Only when there is foreseeable peace could Taiwan unconditionally embrace the true unification.
We are all hoping for a peaceful reunification, but given the horrible track record of the current totalitarian regime in China, who would believe anything it says without the suspicion of a much more harmful and sinister intent? The Republic of China was built on the foundation of unequivocal rights and it shall stay that way until the end of the time.