Got to hand it to old Ma Yong Jeou, he did a fantastic job dealing with that tool on BBC Hardtalk (find it on Youtube)
Interesting statistic he mentioned, something like 85% of Taiwanese people are in favor of the “status quo”, only 15% or so on each side of the fence. That would seem right to me, from what I’ve seen here in my time in Taiwan. Good point he makes - all countries are trading/doing business with China, so what that Taiwan has missiles pointed at them. Does that make any difference at the end of the day?
Granted, he has made a few statements I thought were wrong i.e a few months ago, some bullshit survey was done comparing the corruption between China and Taiwan, where they asked executives in China what they thought about the corruption in China ( what the hell do proviledged Western executives living/working in China know about corruption?!) Ma Ying Jeou actually bought this survey and made statements on it. He should have immediately dismissed it.
No one’s perfect, politicians included.