Der Geheimdienstkrieg , auch um Chinas Einheitsfront, die nun erstmals die Überseechinesenabteilung offiziell integrierte wird in aller Offenheit nun weitergeführt.Zur Spionagejagd jetzt das passende Buch für Taiwan. Ein Insider packt aus.
Tue, Feb 06, 2024 page1
- Chinese Communist Party spies everywhere: author
ESPIONAGE: Florence Mo Han Aw said that Taiwanese have been in their comfort zone too long, while China aims to build a network of underground CCP members
- Staff writer, with CNA
Underground Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members are in all corners of Taiwan, a former member revealed in a new book.
At the launch of The Memoirs of a Hong Kong’s Underground CPC (覺醒的道路:前中共香港地下黨員梁慕嫻回憶錄) in Vancouver on Sunday, Canada-based writer Florence Mo Han Aw (梁慕嫻) shared her journey from being a loyal party member to recognizing the truth about the CCP.
Aw, 85, was born in Hong Kong and joined the Communist Youth League of China as a high-school student after being recruited by her teacher in 1955.
Canada-based writer Florence Mo Han Aw, seated, poses with guests at her book launch in Vancouver on Sunday.
She then became an underground CCP member and served as chair of the Hok Yau Dancing Club from 1962 to 1974, where she was in charge of student-related affairs.
During the 1967 Hong Kong riots, she was in charge of organizing student “struggle committees” and rallies to recruit underground party members.
She wrote that the mysterious death of then-Chinese vice premier Lin Biao (林彪) in a plane crash in Mongolia on Sept. 13, 1971, shook her faith in the party.
When Aw’s mother-in-law, who was also a CCP member, became seriously ill in Vancouver, her husband was unable to obtain approval from the party to visit her.
Her husband flew to Vancouver without permission, but was labeled a traitor after returning to Hong Kong, which made her decide to move to Canada and break away from the CCP.
Since moving to North America in the 1970s, Aw has continued to closely follow the situation in Hong Kong, which has made her worry about the fate of Taiwan.
In a chapter discussing Beijing’s infiltration tactics against Taiwan, she wrote that “underground CCP members are active all over the world.”
“Taiwan is the most important place, so many of them have been planted there long ago,” she said.
China would first ensure it has people inside and outside of Taiwan working together before invading, she said.
“If these espionage activities are cut off and everyone unites against the CCP, naturally it would not dare to act rashly,” she said.
Taiwanese have been in their comfort zone for a long time, she said, warning against treating the situation lightly.
The CCP is good at propaganda and disguising it, and Beijing only shows goodwill with the sole purpose of annexing Taiwan, she said.
An English translation of the book, which is published by Taiwan’s Xin-rui Creative (新銳文創) under Showwe (秀威) Information Co Ltd, is to be published soon.
Aw expressed gratefulness for Taiwan’s freedom of speech, which made the book’s publication possible.
Chiu Chien-yi (邱建義), an official at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Vancouver, said at the book launch that “Taiwan’s smooth completion of its presidential election represents another victory for free and democratic Taiwan.”
China’s unilateral decision to change the M503 flight route last week “was a coercive and intimidating act,” Chiu said, adding that Taiwanese were unafraid and would not back down.
Other attendees at the book launch, including Hong Kong Parliament Electoral Organizing Committee chairman Victor Ho (何良懋), former Hong Kong Democratic Party adviser Simon Lau (劉細良) and former Hong Kong district councilor Mak Hoi-wah (麥海華), praised Taiwan as a “treasured land of democracy in the world.”
Weitere mögliche Archillesfersen werden ausgemacht. Was ist aus der Sonnenblumenbewegung geworden? So richtig beantwortet dies der Artikel nicht. Eher eine Klageschrift gegen die Gen Z. Die Sonnenblumenjugendlichen seien für Demokratie, altruistischen Gemeinsinn und gegen die KP China gewesen. Die Parlamentsbesetzung 2014 erfolgte ja angesichts Ma Yingjius und der KMT mit der KP China ein Handelsabkommen zu schließen. Was wurde eigentlich daraus? Jedenfalls bescherte die Sonnenjugendbewegung dann der DDP einen Wahlsieg. Die jetzige Gen Z sei egoistisch, materialistisch, hedonistisch, nehme Demokratie als gegeben an und sei nur an ökonomischen Fragen wie Wohnungsmieten ,etc in ihrer Anspruchshaltung interessiert und quasi kaufbar. Die TPP habe von Gen Z ihre Stimmen bekommen mit nur ökonomischen Themen und sei nun Königsmacher. Kurz: Die würde sich dann auch von China einkaufen lassen. Klingt etwas seltsam, zudem in westlichen Medien war ja immer von Taiwans demokratieliebender Jugend die Rede war. Aber hat jetzt die ganze Gen Z nur die TPP gewählt. Und wie sieht das bei KMT und DDP. Haben die nicht genügend Jugendliche Wähler. Scheinbar nach Geschmack der DDP immer noch zu wenige. Zusammen mit der Enthüllungsbuch über Chinas Untergrund-KP-Mitglieder wohl Befürchtungen in Sachen Verteidigungsfähigkeit des taiwanesischen Volkes, das ja auch teils chinesischstämmig ist. Vielleicht auch die Befürchtung dass diese willigen oder ungewollten 5.Kolonnen der KP China die Stadttore von innen öffnet oder nichts dagegen unternimmt und im Ernstfall defätistisch kapituliert.
Tue, Feb 06, 2024 page8
- Where have all Taiwan’s Sunflowers gone to?
- By Gerrit van der Wees
- In the run-up to last month’s presidential and legislative elections, the old Peter Paul and Mary folksong from the 1960s kept ringing in my ears: Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
- Of course, as this is related to Taiwan, I was thinking of the Sunflowers, the generation of young people led by student leaders Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆) and Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) who brought about a major change in Taiwan’s political system when they organized the peaceful occupation of the Legislative Yuan in 2014, which helped clear the path for President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) momentous victory in 2016.
- The Sunflowers displayed a clear vision for what they wanted Taiwan’s democracy to be, and took action to help bring that about. In a sense, they were true descendants of the earlier Wild Strawberry movement of 2008 and the Wild Mountain Lily movement of 1990-1991, which each in their own way were decisive influences at particular points along Taiwan’s road to democracy.
- GENERATIONAL CHANGE
- In contrast to that history of young people playing a role in Taiwan’s democracy, the younger generation in last month’s elections appeared to be very self-centered, caring more about their own well-being than about the overall direction of the country.
- It was reported that many young people these days take Taiwan’s freedom and democracy for granted, and in the campaign, were primarily focused on issues directly affecting their livelihoods, such as affordable housing and entry-level wages.
- Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) Chairman Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) played on these sentiments cunningly, and while he lost the presidential race, his party won eight seats in the Legislative Yuan and is now playing a “kingmaker” role.
- The question is whether Ko will play his role wisely and constructively. The first indications are not very positive. In the elections for legislative speaker on Thursday last week, the TPP withheld its support for the previous speaker, You Si-kun (游錫?), and thus gave the speakership to the KMT’s erratic Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), who is expected to follow a very obstructive and confrontational line in the legislature.
- HAN KUO-YU FACTOR
- Under these circumstances, very little attention is expected to be paid to the issues that young people care about, such as affordable housing, entry-level wages or clean government.
- Instead, Han is likely to wage a protracted battle for power and influence that will set back Taiwan’s democracy, damage its image in the free and democratic world, and provide openings to the Chinese Communist regime in Beijing to further divide Taiwanese society.
- DEFENDING DEMOCRACY
- The new generation of young people in Taiwan must realize that one cannot take the country’s freedoms and democracy for granted. The older generation in Taiwan fought hard to attain the vibrant democracy that Taiwanese enjoy today.
- It is up to this generation of young people to work hard to preserve, cherish and defend democracy against those forces — from within Taiwan and outside it — determined to undermine and ultimately eradicate it.
- Hong Kong and Xinjiang are good examples of places where freedom-loving people lost their freedoms pretty quickly.
- Let us not let that happen to Taiwan.
- Gerrit van der Wees is a former Dutch diplomat who teaches Taiwan history and US relations with East Asia at George Mason University, and previously taught at the George Washington University Elliott School for International Affairs in Washington.
Mon, Feb 05, 2024 page13
- Divided Taiwan
The cleavages in the nation’s body politic revealed by the results of the Jan. 13 elections can be exploited by Beijing, in a way that is already happening across the rest of the Asia-Pacific region
- By Michael Turton / Contributing reporter
Recently, in the Philippines, former president Rodrigo Duterte has been on the warpath against current President Bongbong Marcos. During his tenure Duterte was close to Beijing, while Marcos has returned the Philippines to its traditional alliance with the US.
Last week local newspapers reported that Duterte had called for a “separate, independent” Mindanao, referring to the island province in the south. The cleavage between the largely Tagalog speaking north and the largely Visaya speaking south is an old one in Philippine politics, but the leadership of Duterte, a southerner and Visaya speaker, suggests a new element has entered the fray: the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
Indeed, a prominent Filipino military blogger immediately began claiming that he had heard from sources in the Marcos administration that the PRC was urging Duterte and his family members to destabilize the administration and retake power. True or not, it is clear that a major push for independence for the region would be a gift to Beijing, another cleavage to exploit.
Han Kuo-yu, fourth left, was elected as legislative speaker on Thursday last week. Han’s election doesn’t bode well for democratic unity.
Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times
Of late the Philippines has become the flashpoint everyone says Taiwan alre
Of late the Philippines has become the flashpoint everyone says Taiwan already is, with the ships of the Philippines, a formal treaty ally of the US, clashing regularly with PRC vessels. Beijing may not be planning a war, but that doesn’t mean it won’t trigger one.
PACIFIC GREAT GAME
Across the Asia-Pacific region Beijing is exploiting democratic structures to advance its influence by enlarging cleavages. As of this writing it was looking like Taiwan is about to lose Tuvalu after the recent election there. The PRC poached Nauru, timing the announcement for after the Jan. 13 elections, though the capture of Nauru was primarily aimed at Australia.
Mindanao is not the only region with potential to break away from its current sovereign. Bougainville, a group of two major islands with associated atolls and smaller islets, is currently struggling for independence from Papua New Guinea. The island’s export earner, one of the largest copper mines on earth, was closed in 1989 after locals shut it down due to its environmental and social effects. A few years ago Beijing offered to finance the new state, which otherwise would be destitute.
Similarly, in 2019 the Solomon Islands, neighbors to Bougainville, switched from Taiwan to the PRC, another move in the Great Game in the Pacific. Solomons sits astride Australia’s communications with the US and with East Asia, including its telecoms cables. The PRC and Solomons signed a security agreement in 2022 that gave Beijing the right to replenish its ships in local ports and to conduct aerial surveillance off the islands and of Australia. It also allows the Solomons to call on the PRC in case of local unrest, a role that had previously been given to Australia.
JUNKETS TO CHINA
PRC tactics are the same everywhere. Prior to the presidential election a number of local officials from Kaohsiung and Chiayi were indicted for taking trips to China organized and paid for by PRC officials. Just after the election the news broke of trips to China by city mayors from the US, part of PRC operations to court US local officials. In both cases the PRC was seeking local links it could use against the central government.
Taiwan offers numerous such cleavages for Beijing to exploit. The north-south split is well known, yet the PRC approach to local officials in the south shows how the south may be green at the national level, but at the local level, it remains a blue-green checkerboard.
Occasionally, one even hears proposals that Taipei could be split off from the rest of Taiwan as Northern Ireland is from Ireland. As a Taichung person, I consider it only humane to oppose this. The poor citizens of the Celestial Dragon Kingdom should not be required to own a passport just to enjoy decent weather.
CLASS AND GENERATIONAL CLEAVAGES
Taiwan is also afflicted with class and generational cleavages, brought into sharp focus by the election. For example, during the election it was reported that TikTok was rife with videos pushing Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) presidential candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲). Beijing probably preferred Ko to William Lai (賴清德), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate (who would go on to win), but more importantly, it sought to generate cleavages in Taiwan’s society.
The TPP drew a large chunk of its support from young males who felt they weren’t making enough money. This cleavage will only grow as wealth continues to accrue to older asset holders and real estate investors. Interestingly, some recent research is showing a divergence between the politics of young males, who are becoming more right wing, and females, who are becoming more progressive, across several developed nations. I do not know of any research finding this in Taiwan, but the structure of support for Ko is suggestive of future trends. It could well grow into a major cleavage between the sexes as it currently is in South Korea. As I have observed before, Taiwan’s salaries and working hours are a critical national security issues.
Deployment of TikTok in the service of Beijing shows another cleavage, between savvy and ignorant Internet users. Line groups are rife with Beijing propaganda. Social media still puts users in silos. Conspiracy thinking abounds.
The reach and power of Beijing is so great that almost anywhere in society it can act effectively to widen divisions, making the maintenance of Taiwan’s still strong social cohesion an urgent national security issue. The military with its deep blue officer corps, businesses that do business across the strait and those who don’t. Big business and small. All these divisions are weak points.
Another cleavage was highlighted on Thursday when Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) won the election for legislative speaker: the divide between parties and politicians willing to work for Taiwan’s future, and those just cynically struggling to stay in power.
Congratulations, Ko voters. You got what you voted for and you can’t say you weren’t warned. Meanwhile the DPP apparently decided to let Han likely make the legislature useless rather than give the legislative presidency to the TPP and increase that party’s odds of survival.
Turnout in the last election was excellent and voters remain committed to democracy. But how long can that continue if voters repeatedly experience that greatest gulf of all: the abyss of disappointment between change desired and status quo delivered?
It will not be difficult for Beijing to exploit that cleavage.
Notes from Central Taiwan is a column written by long-term resident Michael Turton, who provides incisive commentary informed by three decades of living in and writing about his adoptive country. The views expressed here are his own.
Nach Greta und Friday for Future scheint sich nun auch die chinesische Opposition über Israel zu spalten. Ai Weiwei hatte ja auch schon zuvor mal Kontakte zur AfD hergestellt. Nun wird er zur chineischen Greta über die Israelfrage.Ähnlich wie im Falle Boris Reitschuster, einst im Westen zuerst gefeierter Putingegner ,der seit der Coronazeit den Totalitarismus nun in der „Merkeldiktatur“ ausmachte und ebenso mit der AfD ins Bett stieg.
„KÜNSTLER WÄHNT ZENSUR:
Nach McCarthyismus wird „dem Westen“ nun auch noch McMaoismus vorgeworfen
- VON STEFAN TRINKS
- -AKTUALISIERT AM 05.02.2024-16:39
Obwohl sein Vater selbst von Mao in die Verbannung geschickt wurde: Der Künstler Ai Weiwei behauptet in einem TV-Interview, der Westen zensiere alle propalästinensischen Maßnahmen wie einst die Kulturrevolution die Chinesen.
Der chinesische Künstler Ai Weiwei hat am Sonntag im britischen Fernsehen die Absage seiner Ausstellung in der Londoner Lisson Gallery mit dem Terror der chinesischen Kulturrevolution unter Mao Tse-tung verglichen. „Ich bin mit dieser heftigen politischen Zensur aufgewachsen“, erklärte der Künstler dem TV-Sender Sky News. Die westlichen Künstler seien vom Kapitalismus korrumpiert und ihre Gesellschaften derart eingeschüchtert, dass sie allen propalästinensischen Fragen und israelkritischen Debatten auswichen, sagte der seit Jahren im europäischen Exil lebende Ai Weiwei.
Schwer nachvollziehbare Vergleiche
Die Londoner Galerie hatte vorigen November eine geplante Schau mit ihm nach heftiger öffentlicher Kritik an Äußerungen des Künstlers gestoppt. Er hatte in einem inzwischen gelöschten Tweet auf der Plattform X das antisemitische Stereotyp des erheblichen finanziellen, kulturellen und medialen Einflusses der „jüdischen Community“ aufgerufen, dem nun der Vergleich der angeblichen Zensur im Westen mit Maos Kulturrevolution, in der zwischen 1966 und 1976 weit mehr als anderthalb Millionen Menschen getötet wurden, folgte.
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