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Taipei needs to be relevant again

I was 2 years absent.
It is catch up time this trip.
And in 3 months I saw plenty.

It is clear to me.
Taipei is no longer relevant.
But many still are in dream of old glory.

There was 10 years plan as foundation of Taiwan miracle.
And it was amazing as one of Asia 4 dragons.
Then we had peaceful political transition.

But now what do we have.
Yes, they claim plenty.
But the spark is gone.

Now it is just average and some.
Aboriginal is not culture.
Anti-China in everything is losing high ground.

Taking side is nothing but risk.
Yes, old KMT was relying on US before.
But China didn’t have the offensive capability then.

And that is nuclear.
They rank #3 militarily in the world.
And it is the economical power # 2.

We really must take a good look at ourself now.
Practical and honest are vital.
Yet that seems impossible.

We become really good at putting up and making up.
But to lie to all even to self is no help.
And hopeless is all there is left.

How to be relevant again is top priority here.
It is to the island government and the KMT opposition.
It is total wake up and shape up time.

It was said before.
Taiwan is an unsinkable aircraft carrier.
It was the key point to “wall-in” China.

But reality now is.
China is operative in Pacific.
The leader claims Pacific is big enough for both China and USA.

US market is vital to island.
But it is China now the key to island economics.
Yet, Taipei bets everything on US and Japan.

Island independence is the heart and soul to them.
That is understandable but not logical.
Time truly changed.

China grows too big and too fast.
And unification is front and centre.
That is a deadly national interest.

All understand.
It is will of all Chinese.
No leader dares to betray that.

The best Taiwan could do was to buy time.
But that cushion is gone.
Decision is urgent and now.

KMT used to be the logical link to China.
But that comfort and smart went the wrong way.
Irrelevant is real and now.

To be relevant again strangely is top to both.
Yet none are thinking to work together.
That is the biggest mistake to both.

Independent is a impossible dream.
But it is heading ever more firmly.
And KMT is dreaming like a party with wealth and talents.

To be relevant again, both need to face the blunt truth.
Honesty is a must.
Transparency and accountability are keys.

Taiwan is an island of election.
Government is re-grouping just for that.
The future and well-being is always secondary.

All are playing alternative truth.
To get away is the game.
Consequences are for others.

Clinton lost the race due to evasive game plan.
Trump got away with alternative truth.
But trust lost due to no clear honesty.

It is pathetic.
Taiwan youth took in fully of what current government is selling.
They are green guard enacting the red guard of cultural revolution.