There’s a large portion of the population that is not pro-China, but rather anti-Chen. They identify themselves as Taiwanese (not Chinese) and support the status quo but reject Chen Shuibian’s policies and aspirations, including Taiwan independence. Some may even have supported Chen and the DPP in previous elections, but are dismayed with his incompetence and poor policy-making.
Meanwhile, the actual people, both politicians and general public, who are truly “pro-China” are much smaller in number. Let’s strip away the sensationalism of the reporting of the “pro-localization” media and take a look at the numbers.
The PFP is unabashedly pro-China, but its constituency is relatively small. The PFP only has 25 legislators, right?
As far as the Chinese Nationalist Party goes, there is definitely a more extreme faction, we could say the Super Blues, that blatantly favor pro-China policies, but you also have a more moderate wing of the party, which includes the chairman Ma Yingjiu. If anything, the balance has been tipped somewhat by Super Blue Lian “Ye Ye” Zhan stepping down (or up) to assume the mantle of “Honorary Chairman.”
Ma favors a more pragmatic path than Chen. To the pro-localization media, it means that if elected Ma will either be duped by the PRC into signing the wrong document, thus surrendering Taiwan’s sovereignty, or consciously hand Taiwan over to Beijing. It’s got to be one of the two.
But what the pro-localization media would do well to realize at this point is that ultimately, being anti-Chen means favoring the survival of Taiwan. You don’t even have to support the blues to come to this conclusion. Su Zhengcheng realizes it too. He just doesn’t want to seem disloyal to his boss. Even the United States (which has been very patient and cautious not to denounce Chen publicly) has had enough of Chen Shuibian, and let him know it. Chen got exactly what he deserved.
Meanwhile, the DPP would do well to distance itself from Chen Shuibian and drop Taiwan independence from its platform altogether, and pursue a more moderate pro-localization line if it wants to compete with the KMT in 2008.