a) China didn’t have anywhere near the economic power then that it does now.
b) The KMT still controlled the LY then.
c) Taiwan’s economy is more reliant on China now than it was then.[/quote]
a) It was already the 3rd largest economy back in 2008, and it’s the 2nd largest now. They were already a giant six years ago. If they wanted to smother us, they were more than capable of doing it then.
b) Yes, but CBS always talked about TI all the time and it upset China greatly, he never backed down on Taiwan’s sovereignty, the fact that pan-blue camp was larger in legislature didn’t make that much of difference. Even if DPP controlled the LY back then, they still wouldn’t declare independence.
c) Yes, but we were already very reliant on China back in 2007 and 2008, the economic ties pretty much started then.
And as everybody could see, being reliant on China does not benefit 98% of the Taiwanese people, so cutting the ties might actually be a good thing.[/quote]
By 2008, China knew they were more likely than not to get a China-friendly govt after the elections. They didn’t need to do anything but wait. Pretty much from the time Lien Chan met with the CCP in 2005, or Shih Ming-te’s red shirts in 2006, it was pretty obvious that the KMT would take power in 2008. You need to compare the China of today with the China if 2004 or earlier. A very different beast.
Cutting ties may well be a good thing but you’d need to replace that business from elsewhere, and that wouldn’t happen overnight. No country would be rushing to make trade deals with Taiwan, and you can bet China would be doing everything it could to make it even harder.
Today’s China has a lot more economic power and influence than the China of a decade ago.
Who are the KMT threatening? Isn’t the topic Beijing threatening Taiwan?