Hey all. I’m still in somewhat of a nutshell over the Ma (A-Jeou) Wang case. But I do know that A-Jeou’s approval rating is now down to 9 or 11%.
But anyway since A-Jeou became President, there’s a few things I noticed over the years.
First term in office. Before 2008, A-Jeou did the following:
- He promised that he would challenge china on human rights issues. It would also include seeking a political pardon for certain Tiananmen square activists. He also said that human rights dialogues would be at the most important priority.
- During the 2007 UN for Taiwan protests led by Chen Sui Bian, A-Jeou led a UN protest as well. But his protest was to join the UN under the name Republic of China.
- A-Jeou said that he’d do everything to make Taiwan economically prosperous in ways he said the DPP wasn’t.
- He said that peace talks and a formal peace treaty can only take place only if China removes the missiles aiming at Taiwan.
After the 2008 elections:
- A-Jeou completely ignored the human rights issues. Instead it went to meetings with ARATS chairman and he didn’t once open a live publicized dialogue challenging him on human rights issues. Ma could’ve addressed him onTiananmen square activists who were jailed since the 1989 crackdown, but after becomming president he didn’t say anything about it. He could’ve started addressing the falun gong issue, issues on Tibet, issues on Cina’s domestic abuses in general such as illegal land seizures and demolitions. And he didn’t. All it was were economic meetings and ECFA negotiations. The public knows well why A-Jeou didn’t propose the ECFA deal before the 2008 elections.
2.After A-Jeou took office in 2008, he didn’t start going for UN membership at all. In 2007 he argued for UN membership under the name ROC. What Ma should’ve done was argue as early as 2007 he will not pursue full UN membership. But only meaningful participation such as that Aviation agency of the UN or whatever it was. He should’ve made all that clear to the people in 2007. A-Jeou also didn’t tell the people until after 2008 that his WHO observer status bid would be negotiated with China.
- After becoming president, the economy actually did worse under Ma’s administration. So many economic assets like factories and all that were being moved from Taiwan to China. The ECFA benefits china way more than Taiwan. Another reason why Ma did not mention anything about the ECFA proposal in early 2007. He knew the DPP would challenge him in the presidential debates on it and decrease A-Jeou’s chances of winning.
- After 2008, WikiLeaks shed light on the fact that the original proposal that China must remove all missiles and threats and renouce the use of force against Taiwan before formal peace talks can take place, well… according to WikiLeaks that is no longer a requirement. Hmmm. Why did A-Jeou change that standard so suddenly?
No wonder Ma’s approval rating is so low. I don’t see how he won a second term.
- Ma proposed this one country, two areas proposal. And it was right after he won his second term. Hmmm. It’s obvious why A-Jeou didn’t say anything about the proposal in…let’s say… the third week of December 2011. If Ma went pubic with that proposal in December 2011, then during the Presidential debates in 2012 Tsai would tear Ma apart with that. And we know that the one country, two areas proposal couldn’t be made before the 2012 elections because Ma knew he’d lose.
- Media sales. Certain medias were being bought out be Hong Kong business men with close ties to China. Ma said before 2008 he would do everyhing possible to protect freedom of the press. And Ma did nothing about it.
- Many Taiwan Universities now lower their flags when chinese students come. Or when officials from china come at all, they lower the ROC flags in the areas they go to. And that was done even during Ma’s first term in office.
- And the more recent Ma Wang case, whidch I’m still in a nutshell in.
But given all of A-Jeous historical mix ups and double standards, I know that he only won the 2012 elections because just before the elections Obama made a few public comments regarding Taiwan and their relations with China. And even congress said that those comments (whatever they were) is what manipulated the elections and gave Ma victory. Had the US remained totaly neutral, Tsai would’ve likely won.
Another observation I made is that in 2008 the election results were
Frank Hsieh 41.55%
In the last one, Ma didn’t get as many votes because of his screw ups in 2008. And DPP had bigger chances. Now in 2016, I wonder what the case could be? Snce Ma’s approval rating is at it’s lowest yet. The fact recently a Japanese person was banned from entering Taiwan for being pro Taiwan should also have a huge impact on Ma’s approval rating. It was under his administration this happened.