Peaceful reunification is the sentiment of overseas Chinese
As an Australian of Chinese background, it is customary to congratulate the winning candidate. Mdm Tsai Ing-wen, as the re-elected Taiwan regional leader, in a democratic election.
Overseas Chinese have always cherished the hope that there will be peaceful reunification of mainland China and Taiwan. This sentiment reflects overseas Chinese's empathy for the Chinese people, whether they live in the mainland or Taiwan. For decades, following the demise the Qing dynasty, Chinese people had suffered indignation and unequal treaties and had to endure it for 200 years.
The civil war in China has divided the Chinese people and continued to do so with differences in political ideology and systems. Overseas Chinese do not really like to take sides but rather wish the Chinese civilization reunite again.
Our overseas family have had volunteers returning to China during the 1940s and joined the KMT army and the PLA to fight for their respective causes. Looking back at the history, it was so sad to have witnessed brothers killing brothers in the name of political ideology. We hope that we will never see any civil war again in China.
Although overseas Chinese have no say in the politics of mainland China and Taiwan; the decision should lie with all people on both sides of the straits and their leadership.
Taiwan already has her "de facto polity". We hope that Tsai would restrain from doing anything silly to precipitate a war.
Taiwan is self-sufficient and the people’s culture is different from Hong Kong who had been under British rule for more than 150 years.
In all honesty, we consider Tsai’s rhetoric and creating displeasure to mainland China is only a political tool to get elected, but circumstances will change in the next 30 years particularly when the economy of Taiwan is overshadowed by the largest economy of the world, just across the straits.
China will rise to be a superpower by 2050 and a peaceful reunification based on whatever proposal, must work to ensure the people of Taiwan enjoys both freedom, democratic institutions and “mutual economic prosperity” with mainland China.
Leadership of both sides must be patient, be understanding, be courteous and be helpful to each other. Never give up to find a peaceful solution through sincere and constructive negotiation for a peaceful reunification of the Chinese people on both sides of the strait.
Dr. Anthony Pun OAM – National President, CCCA.
Dr. Ka Sing Chua National Council MAPW, International Councillor of IPPNW