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March 30, 2005

Half-Century Feud Pretty Much Over 半世紀恩怨的句號

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Hemlock views the KMT visit to mainland China with the usual cynicism (via Simon), but I can't help but be at least slightly moved by the sight of the descendants of those with the original revolutionary zeal, visiting the Tomb of the Seventy-Two Martyrs of Huanghuagang and the Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum.

And shouldn't one feel at least a bit of relief as the reconcilliation between the KMT and the CCP for the sake of the motherland? It could be a lot worse: the KMT was once willing to leave the Chinese people at the mercy of the Japanese for the sake of fighting the CCP, and the CCP managed to do even more damage to China by its own efforts.

Then you realize that the KMT is now in opposition and while the CCP is better, it's still no picnic in the PRC right now. And you agree that Hemlock may be cynical, but he has a point (as usual).

And I have to wonder how this visit will play out for the KMT in Taiwan. I'm rooting for them, but separatists are a very vocal bunch over there, and you don't see often enough whether rational cooperation across the straits will actually be rewarded electorally.





Posted by Kelvin at March 30, 2005 5:44 PM

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