do you believe the people of Taiwan should be allowed a direct vote in either unification or a declaration of independence? just a simple yes or no will do.[/quote]
Wrong question and wrong choice of words. Allow? No, Taiwan should just do. The starting point for action is either it is sovereign or it is not.
If it is sovereign, then the only two choices facing it is (1) formalize that with a change in the constitution to that effect, and (2) hold a direct vote on unification.
If it is not sovereign, then the only two choices it has is (1) does it want to declare independence, and (2) does it want to speed the normalization (i.e. integration) of relations with the PRC government (which could mean being designated as a SEZ).
That is what Taiwan faces. It’s not rocket science.
The KMT has already voted. With their money they’ve voted a resounding yes to unification with China (or quick retreat to Southern California).
The DPP and CSB better get off the fence soon because the country desperately needs vision and direction. CSB with his disavowal of some important promises after the election win and his inability to bring any semblance of unity can’t lead; he’s treading water. A President who must be surrounded by metal barricades and barbed wire is not a President capable of leadership. It’s a President who’s spending jail time until he can get out at the end of his term.
That boys and girls is the current state of political affairs of Taiwan.