I would like to revisit another Cohen piece from the Chen Yunlin visit, which was prefaced...
Ties that blind...back then Cohen seemed to understand that as Taiwan moves closer to China, it moves farther from democracy. This has also been clear in many of his subsequent pieces excoriating the Administration for its handling of the Chen Shui-bian case and other judicial matters. Yet, in the international sphere, Cohen totally fails to see the connection between the KMT at home and the KMT abroad.
Improved cross-strait relations appear to have come at a cost to some civil liberties in Taiwan
In the current WSJ piece Cohen interprets DPP actions on the China talks in terms of KMT talking points --
Yet the forum discussions are unlikely to generate substantial achievements unless the KMT expands them to live up to their formal title, the Cross-Strait Economic, Trade and Cultural Forum, by allowing a meaningful role—not a token one—for opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) representatives. This will require statesmanship on the part of both the KMT and the DPP. The latter will have to abandon its rejection of participation in the forum and instead press for a genuine opportunity to take part in planning and decision-making relating to the forum as well as in the forum discussions themselves. If the DPP continues its ostrich-like stance toward these historic talks, it risks losing much of its existing popular support.Nowhere in any of this is the acknowledgment that the "historic" talks are not democratic, but instead carefully shielded from the oversight of the legislature, and from democratic practices such as referenda, and that the DPP objects to participation for just that reason, not because it has ostrich-like habits (that is a KMT talking point). It is certainly legitimate to criticize the DPP, but not to do so without acknowledgment of its stance on the issue.
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