[quote=“hexuan”]Totally agree with Jive Turkey. There speaks a man who knows what he’s talking about. There is a strangely pervasive idea in Taiwan (especially amongst foreigners) that people in China could give a pink flying f*ck about Taiwan. Where does it come from? Seriously? I think it’s possibly just conceit. Taiwan is quite far down the list of preferred destinations for Chinese. (I mean, have you seen the wiring in Taiwan? You can’t even put toilet paper down the toilet, you have to put it in a little bag - gross! And so on. The only news of Taiwan in China is earthquakes and fighting in the legislature.)
For the record, most people in China know already that Taiwan is de facto independent, but if it became un-independent tomorrow, they wouldn’t give a shit. Do you what the first question would be on 1.3 billion lips? “Will there be a day off?”
And in any case they sure as hell aren’t going to tell anyone outside their immediate family that they’re big TI supporters. Hell why not go the whole hog and tell everyone you’re a big fan of the FLG? Indeed if any Chinese person came up to me and suggested he was in favour of TI, if he wasn’t an immediate relative, I’d make the unshakeable assumption he was an agent provocateur.
Oh and by the way, the richer and more educated they get, the less they give a shit about Taiwan, or China, or anything. Just like in the West. The peasant is far more interested in next year’s cabbage prices, and the high ranking official is wondering if he’ll be able to embezzle enough loot to buy that flat abroad. Everyone in between is working 30 hours a day for sixpence a year, or working out how to fleece rich-but-stupid foreigners/Taiwanese/HKers.
It doesn’t matter what people in China think about Taiwan, or anything really. When the CCP wants their opinion, it will give it to them.[/quote]
My own personal experience has been the exact opposite. Every mainland person that I’ve met (admittedly, mostly university students and random people I’ve met while travelling around) was not only emphatically pro-reunification, but they were under the impression that the vast majority of Taiwanese are too, but they’re being held captive by a few wingnut TI-supporters. There were differences in opinion; the more liberal types thought that they could lure Taiwan back primarily through encouraging economic and cultural links, while not a small number of people cheerfully predicted nuclear war by 2020.
For instance, this past March I was visiting a friend in Shaoshan who was doing some sort of internship with the village government there and ended up having hotpot with the vice mayor or some sort of personage like that. Not only did she accidentally let slip that I had spent time in Taiwan, but also that I was American. Christ, I got lectured for a f@#$ half hour about how I was meddling in other people’s affairs, and I only got out of it by vociferously offering to ganbei my way out of the situation. More typical was when I was taking some 9-hour bus ride through rural Hunan and after thr fourth time of watching the same Teresa Teng VCD, I fell into conversation with the bus driver. After also finding out that I was an American who had spent time in Taiwan, he kept joking about hearing news on the radio about nuclear bombs falling on the US (didn’t stop us from hitting the KTV with some strange women afterwards, ha.)
That goes with all sorts of other stories that I’ve seen on the Internet. Like one FOB English teacher in the mainland who was talking about “foreign countries” and accidentally wrote Taiwan between Korea and Thailand on the chalkboard and was fired the next day when one of his 11-year old students ratted him out to his parents.
If there were anything resembling democratic elections at the national level, there would only be one issue that the opposition would focus on: why has the CCP failed in the face of foreign intervention to reunite the motherland, thereby hurting the feelings of the great Chinese people. Those of you enjoying living/working/owning property in Taiwan should be damn glad that they sent the tanks out on June 4th.