Elections should be a fair and publiccompetition among all candidates, but Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT)Kaohsiung mayoral candidate, has exercised “night attacks,” based on a popularmilitary song sung in Taiwan describing while facing enemy — the communists —“hand on the knife, toe on the ground, the heroic brothers march into the darkwilderness. Looking around, listen in all directions, silent, silent, silentdrilling into the enemy’s heart, drilling into the enemy’s heart. Just wait forthat signal to shine, just wait for the signal to ring, we will launch alightning attack, win a vigorous victory.”
Han repeated the song to encourage hissupporters to fight in the election campaign against Democratic ProgressiveParty (DPP) candidate Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁).Obviously, Han took Chen as his enemy and wanted to drill into his heart. Hecommitted to comply with the “1992 consensus,” counted on the People’s Republicof China (PRC) to back up all his campaign promises to increase Kaohsiung’spopulation and promote economics.
So, is the Communist PRC Han’s partner or theboss behind the scenes?
Would this arrangement be accepted by themajority of Taiwanese voters?
Of course not, Han’s popularity stems from hisfanciful promises, gaffe-prone manner and his facade of being a maverick.
In reality, he is a deep-blue candidate of theKMT. His campaign drew attention because of promotion by Chinese media andmedia backed by PRC funding. This is a model of the fake news produced byChina’s cyberwarfare ranks. If it succeeds this time, China could easilycontrol any election in Taiwan hereafter.
No. No way. We must stop it.
China is tightly controlled by the ChineseCommunist Party and there is no real democratic election held there. They donot know that candidates must be open and offer workable policies to voters intheir campaigns. What they know is to pass rules giving Chinese President XiJinping (習近平) an unlimited term.What a shame!
Taiwanese must decisively, firmly and loudly usetheir ballots on Saturday to tell China to stop bullying Taiwan. Voters mustclearly demonstrate to the world that Taiwan should compete Taiwan, not“Chinese Taipei.” Taiwan should be named as Taiwan, not the Taipei Economic andCultural Office. This is the first time we have a chance to tell theinternational community that Taiwan is not part of China, Taiwan is Taiwan.
Names identify people, objects, articles, songs,poems or nations. There could be duplicate names for people, but there is noduplicate names of nations. So, a nation’s name should clearly distinguish itfrom any other country.
Is Taiwan part of China? No, China ceded toJapan in perpetuity and full sovereignty of the Pescadores group and Formosaunder the Shimonoseki Treaty on April 17, 1895. As Taiwan was not part of Chinathen, neither there is any document nor international treaty proving that thesovereignty of Taiwan has been transferred to China.
Referendum No. 13 asks: Do you agree to applyfor all international sports events and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics under the fullname of “Taiwan”? Please vote “yes” on the ballot to show your support andrecognize yourself as Taiwanese, not Chinese. The blue camp misled the publicthat Taiwanese athletes would be barred from the Olympics if the proposition ispassed, but that is not true. Even refugees can form a team to compete at theOlympics, carrying the same Olympic-logo flag that “Chinese Taipei” does.
Please no more nonsense! Say no to China.
We must start in Taipei.
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said: “Our election campaignteam could be called the weakest campaign team ever or might not even qualifyas a campaign team. Frankly speaking, it is very difficult for independentcandidates to run in an election, because there are still some basic techniquesrequired to run a campaign.”
Yes, it is difficult for an independent candidate to run inan election, but is Ko really an independent candidate?
He criticized the two major parties, saying that the bluecamp’s KMT and the green camp’s DPP are ideologically identical, whileidentifying himself as the only neutral — in the white camp.
However, this is a big joke. He has been labeled as part ofthe red camp, as he never dares to say no to China.
These nine-in-one elections are not simply local electionsin Taiwan, a fight between the pan-green and pan-blue, but a battle ofdemocracy against communism and Taiwanese values against China’stotalitarianism.
Let’s use our ballots to vote out those who are Chinesefellows, let’s say yes to Taiwan and no to China on Saturday.
The best way to counter China’s cyberattacks and bullyingis to cast your ballot for Chen Chi-mai in Kaohsiung, Yao Wen-chi [Pasuya Yao, 姚文智] in Taipei and yes on Referendum No. 13.
Let’s join hands to guard Taiwan’s values of freedom,democracy, human rights and dignity while the world watches.