Beijing's Real Fear in Taiwan

The recent legislative and mayoral elections in Taiwan would have worsened Beijing's woes if the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party had emerged victorious (''Making Beijing's headache worse,'' International Business, Dec. 21). As it turned out, the DPP was trounced by the ruling Nationalist Party, which advocates reunification with mainland China.

As long as Beijing sticks to the communist system of government, Taiwan's policy toward the U.S. and mainland China will remain unchanged: maintaining the status quo while seeking greater international recognition for its own stability and survival. In reality, what Beijing authorities are scared of is not Taiwan's breakaway independence but the burgeoning of democratic thinking and practices among its affluent population in years ahead. Such conditions in the island republic would cause far-reaching ripples among the teeming masses on the Chinese mainland.

S.T. Tjia

Updated Jan. 7, 1999 by bwwebmaster
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